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Planning and Zoning Administrator




The Planning and Zoning Administrator implements and administers the review and enforcement of all current Zoning Ordinances as adopted by the McKenzie County Planning Commission. The administrator inspects and enforces residential, commercial, industrial, other buildings and properties before, during, and after construction to ensure they meet provisions, safety codes, health codes, and approved plans.


  •           Bachelor’s degree in city, county, regional planning or engineering, with a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in planning and zoning, agricultural inspections, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge of skills and abilities for this position.
  •           Must possess a valid driver’s license

·         Knowledge in operations, services, and functions of a comprehensive building inspections and code enforcement program

·         Principles and techniques of building inspection, zoning ordinances and enforcement thereof.

·         Knowledge of housing, building, and zoning codes and requirements.

·         Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local codes and ordinances governing building constructions, nuisance abatement, and zoning.

·         Knowledge of the accepted safety standards and methods of building constructions for commercial and residential buildings.

·         Ability to interpret and enforce building, housing, zoning, and sign codes and regulations.

·         Ability to determine if construction systems conform to the County requirements.

·         Able to respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.

·         Identify hazardous conditions in the construction projects.

·         Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing and spreadsheets.

·         Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.



  •           Interprets and enforces McKenzie County Zoning Ordinances, applicable construction codes, land use, planning, public health and safety, and other restrictions.
  •           Observes conditions and issues notices for corrections to persons responsible for conformance. Obtains evidence and prepares reports concerning violations which have not been corrected. Resolves inspection issues and concerns raised by contractors, public health codes violations, and other outside parties.
  •           Work directly with appointed and elected Board members to establish a long-range plan that aligns the Planning & Zoning goals and objectives with community needs; formulate and recommend policies to the Planning & Zoning Board; and implement and execute Planning & Zoning policies.
  •           Interprets legal requirements and recommends compliance procedures to contractors, craft workers, and owners. Reviews new codes and ordinances in the building and zoning fields. Prepares revisions and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, as well as maintains awareness of changes in other related fields.
  •           Works with the States Attorney’s office to prosecute violations of the Zoning Ordinance and testifies at court hearing pertaining to the violations.
  •           Process applications with required permits, and present special permits to the appropriate bodies.
  •          Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.


Salary of $82,000 - $92,000 ANNUALLY , DOE

  McKenzie County offers an excellent benefit package including:
Health Insurance – Health & Child Care Flexible Spending Program Group Life 
Insurance – Retirement – Optional Deferred Comp Plan
Vacation – Sick Leave – Paid Holidays


Job Description & Employment Application available online at An applicant who is a resident of North Dakota and eligible to claim veterans’ preference must abide by the Department of Veterans Affairs guidelines available at  and submit any documentation with an otherwise complete application.  

Submit resume and/or application by mail, email, or hand deliver to:  

McKenzie County Human Resources 
201 5th Street NW, Suite 700 
Watford City, ND 58854

Equal Opportunity Employer


McKenzie County

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