Building Safety Department

Purpose

The Building Department’s purpose is to protect the public health, safety and welfare in all new and existing structures, residential and commercial, and on all existing premises by enforcing minimum code requirements.

Responsibilities

Provisions of these codes relate to plumbing, electrical, mechanical, life safety and safety from fire and other hazards. Various activities of the Building Department include:

  • Conducting inspections of new commercial and residential construction including, alterations, additions and detached accessory buildings
  • Educating the public concerning safety, health and welfare in the building environment
  • Issuing building and various related trade permits
  • Processing of permit applications for all types of construction
  • Providing assistance to developers, contractors and citizens relating to building code requirements
  • Regulating the occupancy of existing structures and premises and helps to evaluate requirements based on use and occupancy type
  • Reviewing of commercial and residential construction plans

Inspections

Inspections must be called in prior to 7:30 a.m. for same day inspection. Inspections called in after 7:30 a.m. will be scheduled the following day.

To request an inspection, call the number for each inspector. View the list of inspections staff. Customers are encouraged to complete our online customer satisfaction survey to help us provide the best possible service.

Inspection Scheduling Procedures                    

EFFECTIVE: October 1, 2020

ISSUE DATE: August 27, 2020

SUBJECT: Scheduling Inspections

 *Please call 208-735-7333 when requesting an inspection. Please have permit number, property address, contact name, contact phone number and type of inspection that you are requesting ready when calling this number. Incomplete inspection requests may not be scheduled.

 *Inspection requests received after 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) will be scheduled for the next business day.

 *Inspections are generally done in the order they are received; however, concrete inspections are given a priority. If you are requesting a concrete inspection you can request either an AM inspection (between 8:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.) OR a PM inspection (between 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.). Concrete inspections are required to have property lines marked with string, minimum depth of 12”  and built as per City approved plans. 

 *Depending on the number of inspections on a given day, inspectors will continue their efforts to accommodate with unusual situations that require our services on a timelier schedule. Inspections ordinarily occur between the hours of 8:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m., excluding observed holidays.

 *Prior to requesting a framing inspection all rough-in inspections for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fireplace, shear, fire alarm and fire sprinklers must be completed and inspection card onsite must be signed off. It is also required that you have all windows and doors sealed and vertical and horizontal penetrations fire blocked.

 *Prior to requesting a building final inspection all final inspections for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, firewall, fire sprinklers must be completed and inspection card onsite must be signed off.

 *Re-inspection fees are only charged if an inspection has failed more than (1) time for the same issue. The fee of $50.00 must be paid prior to scheduling a re-inspection. For options on how to pay this fee please call 208-735-7238.

 **NO WORK SHALL BE DONE UNTIL PERMITS ARE ISSUED**

Inspections Will Not Occur On City Observed Holidays

Date Date
Wed, January 01, 2020 Wed, November 11 2020
Mon, January 20, 2020 Thu, November 26, 2020
Mon, February 17, 2020 Fri, November 27, 2020
Mon, May 25, 2020 Thu, December 24, 2020
Fri, July 03, 2020 Fri, December 25, 2020
Mon, September 07, 2020 Fri, January 01, 2021