Planning & Building Permit Specialist

The City of Selah is seeking to hire a Planning & Building Permit Specialist in the Community Development & Planning Division. This is a full-time permanent, non-exempt, non-represented position.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Community Development and Planning Supervisor, this position assists contractors, builders, engineers, architects and the public by providing information about the permit application process, accepts permit applications, calculates fees and valuation; and issues all required permits for the City of Selah Public Works Department.  Answers customer inquiries over the phone and in person about the permit application process, construction and building code regulations, project zoning and utility locations.  Requires an ability to use office software, type, proofread, edits content of documents, schedules meetings, answers phones, and directs incoming calls to other divisions within the City and Public Works. Distributes mail and prepares mailings, organizes and maintains department’s filing system and records retention. Researches, gathers, and compiles data to assist in preparing reports and other routine clerical duties. Follows specific procedures or under close direction from a higher-level employee.

Here is a complete Planning & Building Permit Specialist Job Description.

Minimum Requirements

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Graduation from a high school or GED equivalent.

AND, Must possess valid Washington State Driver’s License or have ability to obtain one prior to employment.

AND, Any combination of education and experience with an emphasis on understanding municipal codes and building regulations and process is preferred.

Application Process

For your application to be considered, an Employment Application must be completed with an attached resume and cover letter. All applications must be delivered (or mailed, emailed, or faxed) to City Hall by or before Wednesday February 24, 2021 at 5:00pm. 

Questions regarding the application process, job duties, compensation, or benefits should be directed to the Community Development & Planning Supervisor, Jeff Peters, at or by calling (509) 609-7365.


The starting compensation for this position is currently $3,723 a month depending on experience. Opportunities for salary increase may be available upon completion of training.