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Planning and Zoning Official

Williston, ND
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

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The Planning Official oversees the administrative and technical work in developing and enforcing Williams County planning and zoning codes, ordinances, and resolutions.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents in this position. The duties and responsibilities described are not a comprehensive list and may change with or without notice. Incumbents must be able to perform the essential function of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Oversees the acceptance of planning and zoning applications and provides the required notifications to surrounding property owners
  • Facilitates the application review process to ensure the necessary departments provide input before presentation to the Planning and Zoning Board
  • Reviews documents and plats for recording; coordinates with Building Official for site plan reviews
  • Provides information to developers, engineers, architects, property owners, contractors, and other affected or involved individuals regarding planning and zoning regulations and policies
  • Maintains cohesive project files and documentation
  • Coordinates and monitors the work of planning staff
  • Conducts site inspections, plan reviews, and interviews related to applications or complaints
  • Attends Williams County Planning and Zoning meetings; may document and generate meeting minutes
  • Conducts research and compiles information for use in Planning and Zoning reports and presentations
  • Provides customer service to the general public
  • Assists with the development and maintenance of comprehensive plans, planning studies, land development ordinances, and department programs
  • Provides interpretation and application recommendations of regulations and policies developed or maintained by the department
  • Represents the department at meetings of government oversight boards, such as County Planning and Zoning, Williams County Board of Commissioners, and City Commission; provides staff recommendations based on zoning ordinances
  • Conducts pre-development meetings with developers, architects, and land-owners
  • Maintains confidentiality of non-public records and makes available all data and information deemed a public record by the North Dakota Century Code.


  • Bachelor’s degree in community planning, architecture, public administration, or similar AND four (4) or more years of professional municipal/county planning experience focused on land use and/or land use regulation


* Master’s degree in community planning, architecture, public administration, or similar AND two (2) or more years of professional municipal/county planning experience focused on land use management and/or land use regulation

  • Must possess a valid North Dakota Driver’s License or equivalent
  • Must pass a background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening
  • Prefer planning and zoning experience in a fast-growing, rural area
  • Prefer AICP certification through APA
  • Prefer CFM certification through ASFPM
  • Prefer two (2) or more years of supervisory experience


  • Required to attend meetings outside of regular work hours
  • May be required to conduct site visits in inclement weather

Compensation for this position is $70,000-$80,000 depending on experience and training. Williams County provides generous benefits to full-time regular employees: paid sick and vacation leave, a fully paid health/dental/vision benefit plan for employees and dependents, term life insurance of $25,000, 100% contribution toward retirement benefits through the ND Public Employees Retirement System, and 12 paid holidays each year.

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All offers of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment drug screening, background check, and reference review.




Williston, ND