Attention Community Development Customers:

Community Development is taking necessary steps to comply with CDC recommendations in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 virus in our community. Effective immediately, building and zoning inquiries, pre-application and/or submittal meetings will be conducted via telephone and/or skype. Project Applications and supporting documentation can be submitted electronically via in accordance with the instructions, provided. Building permit applications can be submitted electronically via ETRAKIT. Payments can be made by United States Postal Service or contact 208-446-1040 for payment process. The Building Inspection scheduling process will not be effected, you can still request inspection via ETRAKIT. Thank you for your patience.

Cold weather concrete procedures are in effect. 

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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.