Code Plans Supervisor, License & Permits - 3303

Career Purpose

Management of the building permit process to provide a high degree of customer services while ensuring compliance with all city and national/international codes; performs a variety of routine and complex administrative, supervisory, and technical work in the review and approval of building plans, issuance of building permits, licensing, supervision of plan reviewers, inspectors, and supporting administrative employees.

This position will work in the Community Services Department, License & Permits Division, located in Lawton City Hall.


  • Supervises License & Permit Center to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff, reviews progress, and directs changes as needed.  Provides leadership and direction in the development of short- and long-range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
  • Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules and expedites workflow, studies, and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.  Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for conformance with adopted codes, policies, and procedures.
  • Performs technical plans review of residential, commercial, and industrial building plans, specifications and designs for overall code compliance, structural safety requirements, handicapped-accessibility requirements, fire resistive ratings of materials and methods of construction, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical requirements.
  • Explains, interprets, and provides guidance regarding applicable codes to architects, engineers, contractors, developers, owners and other interested parties, answers questions regarding building codes and requirements.
  • Advises permit applicants, engineers, or architects whose plans do not meet minimum standards and recommend revisions to the plans as needed; signs the plans which represents an official approval by the division.
  • Reviews current trends and developments in the field of construction, and recommends revisions to codes, ordinances, and local regulations. Examines building proposals of all types to determine compliance with code requirements and related regulations.
  • Reviews and evaluates proposed building plans and specifications to insure that proposed construction will comply with building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, fire, environmental, flood hazard, design, energy, barrier free requirements, landscape, and clearing, grading, filling and related codes.
  • Determines valuations and permit costs for new projects based on codes, regulations, policies, and industry standards.
  • Coordinates plan review activities with other City departments and outside agencies.
  • Evaluates and recommends changes to the plan review system and implements improvements.
  • Performs research on codes and ordinances to evaluate and recommend improvements to codes and ordinances. Researches problems and complaints regarding commercial and residential buildings, building construction and existing building maintenance. Responds to complex and sensitive building issues.
  • Resolves complex and sensitive customer service issues, either personally, by telephone or in writing. Maintains records and documents of customer service issues and resolutions.
  • Coordinates plan reviews, inspections, and enforcement actions.
  • Evaluates and recommends changes to the plan review system and implements efficiency improvements.
  • Supervises to insure the maintenance of complete and accurate records of permit applications and approved plans.


  • Communicates official plans, programs, policies and procedures to employees and the general public.
  • Oversees the adoption and enforcement of a variety of codes including: International Mechanical Code, International One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code, International National Electrical Code, International Plumbing Code, International Building Code.
  • Ensures the maintenance of accurate and complete records of division activities and records relating to the issuance of licenses and permits.
  • Provides staff support to various boards and commissions as needed and assigned.
  • Serves as a member of various staff committees as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduation from a standard high school or GED equivalent supplemented by two (2) years of post secondary college or technical instruction in building technology, construction management, mechanical, electrical, plumbing or building construction and two (2) years of experience in general construction or closely related field; or any equivalent combination of education and experience with additional experience substituting on a year for year basis for the educational requirement.
  • Thorough knowledge of IBC building codes and electrical codes, plumbing codes, mechanical codes, general construction codes and a thorough knowledge of carpentry; working knowledge of electrical, carpentry, cement, mechanical, or plumbing work, and skill in applying knowledge of national IBC building codes, zoning and land use applications.
  • Skill in operation of the following tools and equipment: personal computer, including word processing and permitting software; calculator; ruler; copy machine; phone; two-way radio, fax machine.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with contractors, developers, architects, engineers, owners, and the general public; ability to read and understand complicated construction specifications, plans and blueprints; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Valid Oklahoma drivers license or ability to obtain one prior to hire.
  • Nationally recognized certification as a plans examiner or ability to obtain certification within 12 months of employment.
  • Ability to change productivity and handle other tasks as assigned.


The physical demands described here 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 functions.

Regularly:       Required to sit at a desk utilizing a computer and other office equipment.  This requires close and accurate hand eye coordination.

Frequently:     Required to talk or hear.

Occasionally: Required to walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms.

Rarely:            Lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work is performed mostly in office settings. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments, constructions sites, or public facilities. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly:       Works in a controlled environment in an office setting.

Occasionally: Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is moderate which requires no protection.

Rarely:            Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.


The personal contacts are typically with builders and developers within the community along with  key officials and representatives of organizations which could have an unusually significant impact on the programs and policies involved in the work such as members of the City Council, Federal or State officials who determine standards of compliance for Federal or State programs, grants, etc.  The purpose of the contacts is to justify, defend, negotiate, or settle matters involving problems or issues of considerable consequence.



License and Permits and Inspection Services Personnel


Supervision Received:

The employee is under the supervision of the Community Services Director who provides long range managerial direction. The employee generally proceeds independently in accordance with general plans, policies, and purpose of the department. Work products are considered technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. Decisions and recommendations are viewed for accomplishment of objectives and compliance with division and departmental policy.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on February 22, 2021.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

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$1,784.00 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
License and Permits

How To Apply ?

Application Instructions

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