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City of Reno, NV Planning Technician in Reno, Nevada

Planning Technician


Class Title

Planning Technician

Class Code



$48,197.56 - $67,814.29 Annually

  • Definition

  • Benefits

Classification Description Summary

Under general supervision, performs a variety of technical planning functions supporting the review and approval of building permit documents and planning cases; responds to questions and inquiries from the general public regarding planning policies and regulations.

Essential Functions

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Review building plans for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with applicable zoning codes; contact applicants to advise them of additions, deletions and/or corrections necessary to ensure conformance with current codes.

Receive telephone and in person inquiries regarding City zoning ordinances, applications, and other related matters.

Maintain manual and computerized records of planning cases; organize data for easy accessibility to planners and others; prepare maps, charts, graphs and statistical exhibits for inclusion in planning reports and publications; perform plan checking for conformance to City ordinances.

Assist in the preparation of studies and perform other tasks as assigned in support of professional planning staff; collect, verify and compile land use data from existing descriptions, maps, field surveys, reports and records from other agencies.

Receive, review and process applications for special use permits, variances, zone changes and other planning cases; check for accuracy and completeness; interpret City codes and other policies and standards.

Make field surveys and investigations related to planning and zoning projects.

Assemble packets for Planning Commission members; assemble and post agendas for meetings and legal notices for publication.

Distribute planning packets to appropriate City staff for review; assemble and mail applicant letters and development review memos for new cases; create mailing address lists to be used in mailing public notices.

Participate in various special projects involving research, data collection and analysis as required.

Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

Methods and techniques of building plan review.

Basic principles and practices of urban planning.

Principles and practices of effective customer service.

Geographic Information System operation and application.

Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Principles and procedures of record keeping.

Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

Analyze, interpret and accurately check building plans and specifications.

Monitor the processing of building plans and specifications.

Interpret maps, sites, and building plans.

Receive, review and process applications for special use permits.

Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

Maintain clear and concise records.

Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.

Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

Understand and apply federal, state, and local laws, regulations, policies, and standards pertaining to the planning process.

Work in a team based environment to achieve common goals.

Coordinate multiple projects and complex tasks simultaneously.

Meet the physical requirements to safely and effectively perform the assigned duties.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in planning, construction, management, civil engineering, or a related field.


One year of planning permit review experience.

License or Certificate:

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license.

Supplemental Information


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with some travel from site to site, extensive public contact, and exposure to an outdoor field environment and all types of weather and temperature conditions; work and/or walk on various types of surfaces including slippery or uneven surfaces and rough terrain.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate a motorized vehicle; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Other Requirements

Local 39 Non-Supervisory


Last Update: 8/2019

JD 11/2018


No state income tax.

Nevada PERS retirement plan. Vesting in 5 years.

No social security participation (1.45 % Medicare deduction required).

City paid medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage for employee. City pays a substantial amount towards dependent coverage.

City paid long term disability insurance and life insurance.

Twelve paid holidays.

Deferred compensation plans 457 and 401(a) available.

Vacation leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Sick leave accrued at 4 hours per bi-weekly pay period.

Credit Union available.


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