New Job Development Officer (Term Position) In British Columbia

Development Officer (Term Position)
Development Officer (Term Position)

Development Officer (Term Position)

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Salary : Details not provided
Location : British Columbia

Full Description

General Accountability:

Purpose and Scope
Reporting to the Development Engineering Supervisor, the Development Officer is responsible for working
with the planning, building and engineering functions to co-ordinate key permitting processes for the
Department. The main focus of the position is to ensure that proposed development complies with the City’s
planning and engineering regulations. A major component of the duties includes interacting with the public
with courtesy, tact, and diplomacy while explaining and administering permit processes and City regulations.

Nature and Scope of Work

  • Reviews plans, drawings and specifications accompanying building permit applications for single-
family residential dwellings and ancillary structures to ensure they conform with SOCP, Zoning Bylaw
and other regulatory requirements (i.e. development permits, restrictive covenants).
  • Coordinates, processes and analyses other development related applications in terms of conformance
to City regulations including Works on City Land, Soil Deposition, and Sign Bylaw.
  • Liaises with clients making development application to ensure the receipt of complete permit
  • Provides advice and make recommendations to clients regarding required changes or corrections to
building permit applications and refers the more complex and contentious issues to Building
Inspectors or senior staff.
  • Coordinates the distribution and/or referral of applications for review by various Municipal
departments and other agencies.
  • Collates and reviews referral responses, identifies conflicts in reviews between various departments
and agencies, and coordinates resolution of conflicts related to applications.
  • Tracks, maintains, and reports on building permit statistics.
  • Provides backup and support for Civic Addressing.;
  • Responsible for reviewing and administering BC One inquiries.
  • As required, performs site inspections for construction projects, signage, illegal suites, and soil
deposition and drainage.
  • Provides technical support to building, planning, bylaw enforcement and engineering functions.
  • Maintains and administers all outstanding files and records, ensuring that permits are issued within a
prescribed timeframe; takes follow up action as required.
  • Participates in the planning, review, research and follow-up of on-going projects.
  • Prepares and maintains records, statistics, reports and correspondence, including word processing
and data entry on to the municipal computer system, and responds to internal and external inquiries.
  • Generates and provides comprehensive letters to applicants on basic technical matters and refers
detailed technical questions to appropriate staff.
  • Calculates and receives permit fees according to prescribed policy and standard procedures.
  • Maintains an up-to-date level of knowledge regarding land use planning, development and building
related to the work.
  • Answers telephone and counter enquiries, directs visitors and phone calls.

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  • Performs other related duties as required.

Necessary Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of provincial statutes, regulations, codes, related documents and municipal
  • Working knowledge and understanding of Municipal Bylaws related to the issuance of building
permits including, but not limited to, the Building and Zoning Bylaw.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of provincial legislation and municipal bylaws relating to land
use planning.
  • Basic knowledge of external regulatory requirements as they relate to permits.
  • Familiar with interactive web maps or other GIS mapping systems.
  • A general understanding of municipal government processes and structure.
  • Working knowledge of WSBC regulations and safe work practices.
  • Strong interpersonal, written and presentation skills.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail with high quality work standards.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Ability to:
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external customers and to
communicate tactfully and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Respond effectively to inquiries from the development and building industries, internal clients,
governmental agencies and the general public in a professional, supportive and efficient manner
  • Read and interpret legal plans, restrictive covenants and registered documents, maps, technical
drawings and building drawings.
  • Provide information of a technical nature, clearly and concisely to various audiences.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision in a team environment.
  • Interpret regulations impartially and convey interpretations effectively.
  • Establish priorities and schedule workload to meet deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to maintaining a respectful, safe and supportive work
environment that embraces diversity, along with treating everyone with courtesy, dignity and fairness.


  • Two (2) year technical diploma from a recognized institution in a relevant area of study such as Civil
Engineering, Building Technology, or Land Use Planning.


  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class 5 BC Driver’s Licence and produce and maintain a clean
driver’s abstract, as per City policy.


  • Minimum two (2) years of related experience within the last five (5) years.
  • Working knowledge of and/or experience working with relevant provincial statutes, regulations and
codes, and related documents.

Preferred Criteria (External Postings):

  • Experience in plan checking and the processing of development and building applications/permits in
a municipal environment.
  • Experience working with Tempest/Prospero is considered an asset