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Building Department Clerk

Lake County is seeking qualified applicants for a Clerk in the Building Department. This is a full time, regular position with a generous benefits package.

The Building Department Clerk responds to inquiries concerning plan review and permit process, and provides advice and directions in completing permit applications. Reviews permit applications, ensures accuracy and completeness, and enters data into computer database. Issues building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and soil erosion permits, and certificates of occupancy in accordance with established procedures. Schedules inspections and appointments for inspectors. Contacts power companies, township officials, and various agencies as necessary to gather or relay information related to permits or inspections. Performs related general office and clerical duties.


·         Ability to read and write in order to proof, draft and edit forms, permits, correspondence, and the like for punctuation, spelling, grammar and typographical errors; perform non-complex arithmetic calculations; and maintain record keeping and filing systems.

·         Ability to type forms and correspondence; and complete data entry accurately and efficiently; and knowledge of office systems, procedures, equipment, computer applications and basic accounting.

·         Knowledge of construction methods, various building trades and soil erosion codes, property descriptions, zoning and health requirements, and construction methods in order to process applications with minimal direction and oversight, maintain records and files, and complete data entry with required efficiency and accuracy.

·         Interpersonal skills necessary to be courteous and tactful in gathering and exchanging information, communicating policies and factual information, and dealing with contractors, customers, and various agency and township representatives and officials. Must be able to remain objective when collecting fees or assessing fines.

·         Analytical abilities necessary to check and verify applications, calculate fees, determine appropriate parties to bill, comprehend technical questions concerning various permits, maintain records and files, and organize and prioritize own work. Must be able to comprehend technical questions concerning various permits and requirements, and be able to offer concrete answers and explanations.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education : High School Diploma or GED required. Preferred advanced coursework or training in the building trades, accounting, office systems, and computer applications.

Experience: Minimum two years’ experience in an office environment utilizing computer applications and basic accounting. Preferred two years’ experience in the building trades in a progressively more responsible environment, and/or demonstrated experience in a governmental and/or public environment.



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Applications need to be submitted to the Lake County Administration Office

800 Tenth Street
Suite 100
Baldwin, MI 49304



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