This information is for Gem County residential property building
It does not address commercial or industrial building permits
City building permits may be obtained through the City of
Emmett, City Clerk’s
Do I need a building permit?
You need a building permit for all building-related projects
EXCEPT the following:
freestanding, stick-built structure that is 10’ X 12’ (120
or less in size.
A remodel that
does not affect any weight-bearing walls or the resizing
of windows. (For the actual interior remodel, please check
office to see if you will need a building permit)
over 6 feet high
walls not over 4 feet in height
Re-siding of a
much does a building permit cost?
Building permit costs are based on the square footage of the
project. You may call
office with building type and square footage information. We
will figure a valuation
project and the cost estimate of the permit. Pricing for
building permits are set
Resolution, as adopted by the Board of County Commissioners.
Do I need a
permit for an Agricultural building?
Standard building permits are not required for agricultural
you are required to obtain an agricultural zoning permit.
cost of an agricultural zoning permit is $35.00. However, you
must qualify for
type of permit.
building parcel must be at least 5 acres or more in
building must be used strictly for agricultural
purposes, such as, housing livestock,
hay storage, etc.
ownership or written permission from the property owner
allowing the agricultural
building to be built on his/her property.
You will be required to file an Agricultural Declaration form
when applying for the permit
stating what the building will be used for. Please
submit a drawing of the building with
the dimensions and approximately how far off of the property
lines the building will be placed.
Do I need a permit to tear down a house or a manufactured
Yes. You will need to get a Demolition Permit. The cost is
Once I have turned in all of the required paperwork for my
long will it take
before I can pick
up my permit?
A: Our Building Official
has 30 days to review your plans and issue the building
permit. However, in most cases, it only takes a few days
to a week.
Can I download the building permit application from your website?
Yes. You may download and print off a copy of the
building permit application.
Fill it out and bring it with you when you submit your plans to the
Does my contractor need to be licensed?
Per Idaho State Code, contractors are required to be registered, which
is not a license.
When a contractor applies for a building permit and the construction job
exceeds the amount
of $2,000 (material and labor), the contractor is required to have a
current registration, or
the building permit will not be issued. In addition, if you are a
homeowner and will be doing
all of the work yourself, no registration is required.
How long is my building permit valid?
The permit becomes null and void if work or construction has not
commenced within 180 days of the issue date, or if construction or work
has been suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days at any time
after the work began.
What are the requirements for adding bedrooms to my house?
Before submitting your plans to the Building Department, you will need
contact Southwest District Health at 365-6371, ext.15, to make sure your
system is large enough to support more bedrooms. Once you have the
paperwork from them, you will need to bring that paperwork with you when
submitting your building plans.
Will I be notified when my building permit is ready?
Yes. The Administrative Assistant will call you when your permit is
be picked up.
Does your office accept credit cards?
We do not accept credit cards at this time. You may pay for your permit
a check or cash.
Who do I contact for my inspections?
You will need to call 365-4743 and leave a message with the following
permit number, type of inspection, name of contractor, name of owner, job
contact phone number and when you would like to have the inspection. We
12 to 24 hours notice, so please call the day before you require the
inspection. For all electrical permits and inspections please call
334-2183. For all
plumbing and HVAC
permits and inspections please call 334-3442. For driveway approach
please call Gem County Road and Bridge Department at 365-3305.
What are your office hours?
Our office hours are Monday 8am-5pm, Tuesday 8am-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm,
Thursday 8am-5pm and Friday 8am-5pm.
Where is your office located?
A: Our office address is 109 S.
McKinley Avenue in Emmett. From South Washington Avenue, turn east on
Main Street, go 3 blocks and turn right on S. McKinley Avenue. We are
located directly between The Coffee Shop and Motor Vehicle Licensing.
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