Development Services Technician (#RE0300)
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$25.98-$31.58 Hourly / $4,503.58-$5,474.14 Monthly / $54,043.06-$65,689.68 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs technical planning, building and land use permit work of a sub-professional nature; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the journey level class in the Development Services Technician series. An employee in this class is responsible for assisting the public with County zoning, building codes, and land use permitting processes, and for assisting in the administration of County development standards and ordinances.


  • Assists the public in interpreting a variety of planning and building codes and land use regulations; accepts and reviews land use applications; issues permits; receives complaints and directs the public to proper agencies.
  • Assists in updating and maintaining the County Land Use Information System; issues addresses and building permits; collects and assembles data from various public and private sources.
  • Prepares, revises, or updates maps and overlays based on existing maps, surveys, or legal descriptions of property or boundaries and land use zones.
  • Interprets and explains land use requirements.
  • Plots and records boundaries of individual parcels of property and land use zones.
  • Prepares a variety of drawings, diagrams, charts, and maps for Planning Commission meetings; makes ink tracings from layouts of finished maps.
  • May investigate zoning complaints; notifies property owners of violation; performs routine follow-up investigation to ensure compliance and notifies concerned parties of action taken; field checks areas and updates land use.


    Education: Completion of 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units from an accredited college or university with course work in planning, drafting, engineering, architecture, environmental health, architectural engineering, landscape architecture, geography, sociology, public administration, business, economics, ecology, or a closely related field.

    Experience: Two years of experience reviewing, tracking and processing building or land use permits in a public sector planning, building or related agency, OR performing construction, building, land use, or other work that required familiarity with, and the interpretation of, planning or building-related codes, ordinances and regulations.

    Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the above-required education on a year-for-year basis, where one year of experience is considered equivalent to 30 semester (or 45 quarter) units.


    The methods of conducting research and surveys requiring the collection, evaluation, and tabulation of data; principles and techniques of public relations; basic planning, zoning, and building codes, ordinances and regulations; basic principles of surveying; basic geometry.


    Apply the basic principles and practices of planning and zoning administration; read, understand and interpret regulations, codes, and administration procedures; make mathematical calculations of moderate difficulty; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; express oneself, clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


    San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

    CLASS: RE0300; EST: 9/11/1991; REV: 8/14/2013;