City of San Jose – Planning Technician – Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

The City of San Jose is recruiting for Planning Technician in the Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Department.

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at


The Planning Division provides exciting opportunities for Planning professionals to make significant contributions and advancements to the profession in the areas of development review, ordinance and policy work, data analytics and mapping, community-based plans, environmental review, and other General Plan implementation activities.

The Planning Division is divided into the following four sections:

  • Permit Center: Plan check conformance, review for development projects, front counter/public information, and zoning compliance
  • Development Review: Entitlement of zonings and development permits, historic preservation, and community engagement
  • Environmental Review: Review of environmental clearances, CEQA compliance review of development projects
  • Citywide Planning: Long range planning, General Plan updates and amendments, zoning and sign code amendments, preparation of Urban Village/area plans, station area planning, housing policy, data analysis/GIS, grant management, and community engagement

 Typical duties of a Planning Technician position may include but are not limited to:

  • Staffing the Permit Center’s public information counter.
  • Providing general information to the public by answering land use planning and zoning related questions. Providing information regarding permit processing, policies, and procedures.
  • Guiding the public through the permit application process. Completing the initial processing of applications, including but not limited to the calculation of application fees, determination of application completeness, data input into the City’s permitting system database, creation of maps and graphics, and routing electronic plans and documents to City departments and outside agencies.
  • Managing application appointment calendars.
  • Using principles and practices of effective customer service to communicate with the public, development professionals, and City staff in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Acquiring familiarity with and an understanding of the basic principles and practices of municipal land use planning. Applying City policies, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Monitoring and tracking applications in the permitting system database.
  • Reviewing and issuing basic planning applications (e.g., sign permits, minor development permits, tree removals, zoning verification letters, etc.).
  • Creating and maintaining maps, graphic illustrations, permit applications, documents, spreadsheets, and other land use planning materials primarily using computers and associated software including Adobe Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and ArcGIS.
  • Assisting in the preparation and general conduct of public meetings. Providing technical support for public meetings, including Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission and Planning Director hearings.



  1. Education: High school diploma, General Education Development (G.E.D.) Certificate, or California Proficiency Certificate or equivalent.
  1. Experience: Two years of technical experience using a personal computer to create word processing documents, computer graphics, databases, spreadsheets and maps.

Acceptable Substitution for Experience: An associate degree from an accredited college with an emphasis in a technical field such as computer science, geographic information systems, computer graphics, or architectural drafting with completed coursework in each of the following software applications: word processing, computer graphics, databases, spreadsheets and maps.

  1. Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver’s license may be required.

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Dept. of Labor.

Pursuant to the City’s Covid-19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing Policy, the City of San José is requiring all new hires to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption.



Planning Technician $59,654.40 – $72,446.40

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Planning Technician classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.



To view the full announcement for this exciting opportunity with the City of San José and apply, please visit the City of San Jose’s employment page at and select Browse City Jobs or click on the link below to go directly to the job announcement


The application deadline is Monday, January 17, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline.