Planning Technician

The City of Burbank, a thriving community in southern California’s world-class media center, is a great place to live and an even better place to work. We currently have an outstanding opportunity available for a Planning Technician to assist professional planners in performing a variety of planning and routine office duties in a planning environment; and perform related work as required.
You will review planning project and permit applications and plans for completeness and for compliance with applicable codes; process and approve applications and non-structural plans necessary for the issuance of a variety of permits; advise applicants regarding planning and zoning information and proceedings; respond to customer inquiries at the public counter, by telephone, and by electronic mail; calculate and collect fees; work with developers on routine zoning matters; track applications and permit documents to City departments and staff, and coordinate with other regulatory agencies; issue a variety of permits; compose correspondence; prepare reports; conduct site inspections and field investigations; work with supervisors and professional planners in more complex planning work; and drive on City business.

Requirements include graduation from high school or equivalent; one year of experience in reviewing planning project or permit applications and plans; or two years of public counter or related experience in a planning department or similar public agency; and a California Class “C” driver’s license or equivalent. NOTE: Education in planning or a related field may be substituted for the required years of experience on a year-for-year basis. A two-year college degree in a related field is desirable.

Additional requirements include knowledge of the techniques of preparing plans, maps, graphs, and charts; basic zoning and planning concepts and codes; basic understanding of maps and plans; basic mathematics as applied to the calculation of fees and review of plans; record keeping and practices; office procedures and methods; applicable computer hardware and software. Skill in word processing, database, spreadsheet, and presentation software programs; the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; assess customer needs and make recommendations; assist in the design, delivery and evaluation of business processes and customer management; learn new software programs including Geographic Information Systems; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, fellow employees, and the public is also needed.
We offer a starting salary of $3,615 to $4,984 per month plus benefits including City-contributed retirement plan, cafeteria-style health benefits, and tuition reimbursement. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a City of Burbank application. In addition, a Supplemental Questionnaire must also be submitted. Please apply online at: If you have a disability and need an accommodation with submitting your employment application online, please contact Human Resources at (818) 238-5021. Completed application and Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 25, 2015. The City of Burbank is an Equal Opportunity Employer.