Building

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

On March 25, 2020, Governor Brad Little issued a stay-at-home order for the State of Idaho.  Pursuant to that order, the Community Development Services Department (CDS) has made changes to it’s operations, but is also working to make sure essential operations continue.  The Governor’s order included construction activity as an essential service.  To support those activities, CDS will continue to conduct plan reviews, issue permits, inspect projects, and hold public meetings via internet and phone.  The doors to our building will be locked, but our staff is still prepared to provide as much service as we can.  Please contact a staff member via the staff directory link to the right if you have further questions.

View past building reports.

Sign up for Permit Tracking


Our new ETRAKiT system will allow you 

to obtain a variety of permits, submit building plans, check the status of your project, and schedule inspections. For commercial building permits please email application, plans, and supporting documents to khartog@idahofallsidaho.gov in order for the commercial permit to be processed and entered into our system. If you do not have your login information, please contact the Building Division at (208) 612-8270 to get started.

The ETRAKiT online permitting system website.

Notice to All Idaho Falls Building Contractors


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates that all building contractors comply with the following as regards pre-1978 built homes.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires that Renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, childcare facilities and schools must be performed by an EPA Certified Renovator working for an EPA Certified Firm and specific work practices must be implemented to prevent lead contamination. More information is available at 800-424-LEAD [5323] or online.

Construction Reminders


Inspections are an essential part of ensuring safe building environments. However, no inspections can be made until the required permits for performing the work are issued. As licensed construction professionals it is your responsibility to see that all required permits for your projects are secured before starting any work.

Please be aware that if work is started on any building, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing projects without first obtaining the required permit(s), a double fee will be assessed for that project. Please be sure that your permits are issued before commencing with any work so that timely inspections may be performed and your construction projects are completed in compliance with the building codes


In compliance with the EPA mandate, the City of Idaho Falls has adopted a Construction Site Erosion Control conducted under the direction of a City of Idaho Falls Certified Erosion Control Contractor.

As of December 1, 2013 in order to secure new building permits for commercial and residential projects on sites in the City of Idaho Falls over 5,000 square feet that require site excavation, you must obtain your Erosion Control Contractor certification.

To obtain your certification please fill out the above "Erosion Control Certification Form," watch the appropriate video presentation, and complete the test.

Once you have successfully completed this process, contact the City of Idaho Falls Building Department to receive your certification.


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