Attention Community Development Customers:

Effective immediately, the Community Development office will be closed to the public, except in cases of truly exceptional circumstance such as limited access to computer or Internet and/or time sensitive materials. Business can generally be accomplished online or by telephone. There is a drop box outside the Community Development Department front door for pre-arranged submittals. Payments can be made online or via USPS.

Please click here for details regarding estimated timelines for various Community Development services.

Image of blueprints upcloseClick here to view a draft copy of the 2021 Building Code Ordinance Amendments - Draft 1 (PDF)

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.