Building

BUILDING DEPARTMENT

NOTICE: Permit Refund Policy

To All Permit Applicants:

Refunds will no longer be given for permits once obtained from the Idaho Falls Building Department. The process of refunding permit fees creates additional staff time for both the building and treasurer’s divisions. This delays the permitting process and adds additional cost to both departments.

Before obtaining any permits be sure of the following:

a. The address for the permit is in the city limits. (Idaho Falls parcel numbers begin with RPA)

b. Applicants are applying for the correct permit type.

For any questions contact the building department at 612-8270.

View past building reports.


Sign up for Permit Tracking

Our 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 [email protected] 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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