Permit Technician Chapter

Statewide Organization

Bobbi Kaufman*


Planning and Zoning Administrator – Clearwater County

Kacy Reynolds*

Vice Chair

Permit Technician – City of Nampa

Alison Crist


Planning & Building Specialist II – Ada County Development Services

Mindi Smith-Ferguison


Permit Tech Supervisor – City of Meridian


Tina Lewis

Permit Technician – Blaine County

Nicole Calderwood

Permit Technician – City of Ammon

* IDABO Delegate

Permit Technician Chapter and Profession Overview

Our Idaho Permit Technician Chapter membership is composed of individuals currently working for a municipality or related industries. We have an elected executive board consisting of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and a Secretary/Treasurer. We also have board members who are Directors. Board members represent each of the five regional chapters of IDABO. The members of this committee serve as a liaison to various IDABO Committees or Chapters. Committees consist of Uniformity, Code, Bylaws, Education, Government Affairs, Membership, Public Relations, and Scholarships/Awards. Our goal is to serve the citizens of Idaho and provide training and education on Idaho codes and standards.

This position has varied job titles but generally is considered the first person the customer comes in contact with. Duties may include answering building code and zoning questions, plan intake, coordination and issuance of construction and other related permits, some degree of plan review, records management and customer and staff support. Customer service plays an integral part of this position and because of that the Permit Technician position is required to be skilled in various customer service techniques. Training and education for this profession may include:

  • proficiency in construction terminology
  • understanding and interpretation of a wide variety of construction drawings and related documents
  • general and specific knowledge of building and other related codes and ordinances

Basic requirements for this position include the use of various technologies dealing with permit tracking software and general office practices. The Permit Technician position is a valuable member of the office team environment. This profession provides a resource for both customer and staff during the permit process by possessing a wide variety of knowledge in different areas. It is up to all of us to promote this profession and encourage increased visibility to ensure awareness of the Permit Technician role and gain recognition within our communities, nationally and among our peers as a viable profession.

Our chapter also offers advanced training throughout the year for those interested in obtaining additional ICC certifications in areas of:

  • Inspection
  • Plan Review
  • Zoning
  • Code Enforcement

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Education and Training: Training opportunities such as the annual Idaho Association of Building officials educational institute are available to help permit technicians gain the knowledge needed to pass their certification exams. This also gives them the opportunity to network with others in the industry such as building inspectors, plans examiners, engineers, architects and contractors and to earn continuing education required to maintain their certifications.