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2/5/2018 to 2/6/2018
When: Monday - Tuesday / February 5 -6, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Each Day Registration Begins at 7:30 a.m.
Where: Folsom Community Center
52 Natoma Street
Folsom, California  95630
United States
Contact: Kristy Schrimsher
(916) 231-2141

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Cost: $200 members OR $225 non-members

Register by January 22, 2018. After January 22, late fee of $225 for members, $250 for nonmembers

Earn: 1.4 CEUs

Books needed: 2015 International Building Code, 2015 (or earlier) International Zoning Code, Legal Aspects of Code Administration, Basic Code Enforcement (optional), calculator and highlighter

Light snacks and lunch will be provided*

Course Description: 
This two-day course is intended to provide essential information in the areas of code administration and history, legal aspects, customer service, basic construction, inspection process, zoning requirements, permit fee calculations, basic occupancy and construction types, basic means of egress and dealing with difficult customers. The course is recommended for front counter personnel, other Building Department staff and those who may be interested in preparing for the ICC Permit Technician certification exam.

Objectives: Upon completion: participants will better be able to:

  1. Better understand the importance of the Permit Technician position
  2. Explain the basics behind code administration
  3. Understand the history of how codes are developed and implemented
  4. Understand basic zoning terms and concepts as enumerated in the 2015 International Zoning Code
  5. Understand what information is necessary for a complete permit submittal
  6. Understand basic plan review requirements, symbols and necessary related documents
  7. Understand the basic minimum types of inspection
  8. Locate administrative code sections; primarily in Chapter 1 of the 2015 IBC
  9. Understand the basic components of a Means of Egress
  10. Recognize basic occupancies
  11. Recognize basic types of construction
  12. Understand the importance of good customer service and how to better deal with permit applicants
  13. Understand basic legal concepts and the importance of due process during the permit process
  14. Answer questions on a 40-question exam given at the end of class relating to the topics covered

Instructor: Steve Burger, C.B.O., LEED A.P. Chief Building Official, City of Folsom

Steve has been in the Code industry since 1972. He started as a Secretary/Permit Tech and Residential Plans Examiner and then later worked as a Building Inspector, Zoning Inspector, Code Enforcement Officer, Senior Plans Examiner, Senior Building Inspector, Assistant Building Official, Chief Building Official and Code Consultant. He is presently the Chief Building Official for the City of Folsom, CA.

Steve is certified in the following areas: Certified Building Official, LEED A.P., Certified Code Official, Permit Technician, Code Specialist, Plans Examiner, Building Inspector, Mechanical Inspector, Electrical Inspector, Accessibility/Usability Specialist, One-and two-family Electrical Inspector and Fire Inspector II. He also has served on the following ICBO/ICC Committees: Permit Technician Exam Committee, Education Committee, Certification Committee and the Legacy Codes Exam Committee as well as the Arizona Building Officials (AZBO) Education Committee and Legislative Committee. In 1999 he was elected President of the Arizona Chapter and Chairman of the Arizona Building Officials. Steve was named AZBO Building Official of the Year in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2005. Presently he is a member of the California Building Officials (CALBO), 2016 Education Chair and Board Member for the Sacramento Valley Association of Building Officials (SVABO) and represents Building Officials as Chairperson on the State of California Building and Fire Advisory Committee. He has received the SVABO Inspector of the Year Award (2012) and Outstand Contributions Award (2015) as well as the 2016 ICC Educator of the Year.

Steve has taught Permit Technician educational classes since 1998 in Arizona, California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Utah, Nevada, New Hampshire and Idaho.

Steve has authored the ICC “Permit Technician Study Companion”, updated “The Public Counter” (Chapter 12) in the revised ICC “Building Department Administration” book, and updated the ICC “You Can Build It!” and “Basic Code Enforcement” reference books.

*Light snacks and lunch will be provided.


Must receive written notice of cancellation 72 hours prior to event for refund.