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
need a Building Permit?
shall not be required for the following.
- Residential (1 or 2 family dwellings)
used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and
similar uses, provided the floor area does not
exceed 200 square feet (18.58 m2).
- Non Residential one-story detached
used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and
similar uses, provided the floor area is not
greater than 120 square feet (11 m2).
Fences not over 7 feet (2134 mm)
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.
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.
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.
Painting, papering, tiling,
carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar
Temporary motion picture,
television and theater stage sets and scenery.
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.
Shade cloth structures
constructed for nursery or agricultural
purposes, not including service systems.
Swings and other playground
equipment accessory to detached one- and
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
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
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
AG BUILDING EXEMPTION: 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:
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.
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;
It is used to produce
nursery stock as defined in Idaho Code,
Section 22-2302; or
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
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.