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Minidoka County Courthouse
715 G. Street
P.O. Box 368
Rupert, Id 83350

Phone: (208)436-7183
Fax: (208)436-1580

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Welcome to the Minidoka County
Community Development
Building and Zoning Department

Thank you for your interest in our web site! We hope to answer most of your questions about the building permit process in Minidoka County. If however you still have questions or need advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us or come by our office. Information listed below.


Tony Morley
Zoning Administrator
Brett Stephens
Building Inspector
Dennis Dexter
Zoning Enforcement
Frequently Asked Questions

When Do I need a Building Permit?
Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, reroof, reside or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system.

When Do I NOT need a Building Permit?
Permits shall not be required for the following.

  1. Residential (1 or 2 family dwellings) one-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (18.58 m2).
  2. Non Residential one-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area is not greater than 120 square feet (11 m2).
  3. Fences not over 7 feet (2134 mm) high.
  4. Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or IIIA liquids.
  5. Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity is not greater than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width is not greater than 2:1.
  6. Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
  7. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
  8. Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
  9. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep, are not greater than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L) and are installed entirely above ground.
  10. Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems.
  11. Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.
  12. Window awnings in Group R-3 and U occupancies, supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
  13. Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches (1753 mm) in height.

How much time does a permit allow me to build?
Every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced. The building official is authorized to grant, in writing, one or more extensions of time, for periods not more than 180 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.

How long does it take to issue a permit?
New construction requiring plan review may take up to 2 weeks depending on the type and complexity of the project you are working on. Projects similar to re-roofing, re-siding and sign permits may be issued in 1-4 days depending on complexity and complete submittals.

When Do I Schedule an Inspection?
Permitted projects require inspections during the process of the construction.  An appointment for an inspection should be made no less than a half working day in advance.  For example:  To schedule a morning inspection an appointment must be scheduled no later than the afternoon prior to that morning, and for an afternoon inspection no later than the morning prior to that afternoon.

Do agricultural buildings require a permit?
: The Minidoka County Zoning Ordinance exempts agricultural buildings from the requirements of a full building permit. The building is eligible for this exemption if the building and the land parcel meet the definition and land parcel criteria as established in the Minidoka County Zoning Ordinance. The definition and criteria are as follows:

   BUILDING, AGRICULTURAL:   A structure located on agricultural zoned    property and designed and constructed to house farm implements, hay, grain, poultry, livestock or  other horticultural  products and includes sheds, barns, corrals  or  fences.  This definition does not include a place for human habitation or a place of regular employment, where agricultural products are extracted, processed, treated or packaged, or a place used by the public.

EXEMPTION  FROM  ZONING/BUILDING PERMIT:  Structures or buildings,  that meet  the definition of Agricultural Building and is constructed  and located in an Agricultural  Zone on a parcel that meets the below definition for Agricultural Exemption, will only be required to obtain a Siting Permit in lieu of a Building Permit.

A parcel or tract of land that is more than five contiguous acres, and is actively devoted to agriculture is eligible for an agricultural exemption when meeting the following criteria:

A.  It is used to produce field crops including, but not limited to, grains, feed crops, fruits and vegetables; or

B.  It is used to produce nursery stock as defined in Idaho Code, Section 22-2302; or

C.  It is used by the owner for the grazing of livestock to be sold as part of a net profit­ making enterprise, or is leased by the owner to a bona fide lessee for grazing purposes; or

D.  It is in a cropland retirement or rotation program.

As mentioned above a building that qualifies for an agricultural exemption must still obtain a zoning/building permit for siting purposes to assure road and property line setbacks, but is exempt from full building permit, building code requirements and associated inspections.


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