Attention Community Development Customers:

Given the reduced incidence of COVID in our area, the prevalence of vaccinations, and the Governor’s current stage III guidelines, effective April 5, the front door to Community Development will be open to the public but facial coverings are required for anyone entering. Coverings can be removed by the public once the public has traveled through the office and are seated at the planning desk or in the conference room, and/or so long as the 6-foot distancing requirement can be met. Otherwise, coverings should be retained with the following exception. Persons with a diagnosed medical or mental health condition, and those having a disability which prevents wearing a covering are exempt. No more than two members of the public shall enter, or be present inside the Community Development office, at any given time.

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The Building Division of Community Development issues building permits for the construction of:

  • Commercial storage buildings over 120 square feet
  • Commercial structures
  • Decks
  • Fences over seven feet tall
  • Garages
  • Pole barns
  • Re-roofing
  • Residential storage buildings over 200 square feet
  • Single and Multi-Family Dwellings

If you have any questions as to if your project requires a Building Permit, please contact us. Permits are also required prior to engaging in site disturbance activities such as grading, excavating and storm drainage or run-off control. (If a community water system is affected by site disturbance, inquiries are addressed to the Department of Environmental Quality.)


The Building Division has jurisdiction over structures erected within the County, not within City limits. Setting a mobile home on real property or converting a mobile home to real property also requires a permit from the Building Department. 

Structures are required to meet the regulations of the International Building Code, the International Residential Code, and the International Energy Conservation Code, which is enforced by building inspectors. 

State inspectors (208-769-1579) do plumbing and electrical inspections. Questions regarding water quality issues or septic systems should be directed to Panhandle Health. Questions concerning site access should be addressed to the Highway District and Fire District with jurisdiction.