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Mobile Home Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions

Title 44, Chapter 25 of Idaho Law requires the rehabilitation process to ensure affordable housing be allowed for installation in cities and counties within Idaho who have code enforcement programs. This applies to homes constructed before June 15, 1976.
All homes built on or after June 15, 1976, were built to HUD code and already meet the federal manufactured housing and safety standards act and are not required to complete the mobile home rehabilitation process.
The rehabilitation checklist must be completed and signed by the Division of Building Safety before a permit for the installation of the home may be issued by the local building jurisdiction.
While Idaho Statute and IDAPA rules do not specify performing the rehab prior to moving the home, it is generally easier to do the rehabilitation work prior to moving the home as utility hook-ups are still available. The local building jurisdiction may not allow placement of the home unless the rehabilitation is performed prior to the move. Before moving the mobile home, contact the local building code jurisdiction on guidance whether the rehabilitation is required prior to moving to the new site.
If a building permit is required by the local building code jurisdiction for the installation of the structure then the rehabilitation process may be required, even if the structure will be used for storage only. Contact the local building jurisdiction on guidance whether the rehabilitation is required prior to moving to the new site.
No. Title 44, Chapter 25, of Idaho law only requires this process be completed if the home is being relocated. It is the Division’s interpretation that the rehabilitation process is not required for installation on a foundation at the same location; however, contact the local building jurisdiction on guidance whether they require the rehabilitation process for the placement of the mobile home on a foundation.
Title 44, Chapter 25, of Idaho law does not specify a timeframe to complete this process; except that the rehabilitation checklist must be completed and signed by the Division of Building Safety before a permit for the installation of the home may be issued by the local building code jurisdiction.
The completed rehabilitation form is sent to the Idaho Division of Building Safety for authorization and a signature. The signed form is returned to the applicant for submittal to the local building code jurisdiction.
The Division does NOT keep a copy of this form once it is signed and returned to the applicant. The applicant should make a copy for their records before presenting it to the local building code jurisdiction for obtaining the installation permit.
After all required inspections associated with the complete installation and proper connection to utilities have been performed and approved on-site, a certificate of occupancy must be obtained from the local building code jurisdiction.

What Costs are Involved in the Rehabilitation Process?

The Division of Building Safety does not currently charge a fee for the issuance of the rehabilitation checklist, technical assistance, or the final certification approval required after the rehabilitation work has been completed.
Title 44, Chapter 25 of Idaho law does not regulate the charges allowed by licensed contractors to inspect, test, and/or make repairs to mobile homes. It is suggested that more than one of the appropriately licensed manufactured home
installers, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical contractors are contacted to obtain estimates prior to the decision to rehabilitate the home.
The Division of Building Safety does not currently have the means to assist with or refer clients in financial matters. It is suggested that local community action agencies, housing authorities, or senior assistance programs are contacted for assistance or advice.

Do Mobil Homes Have to Meet Current Codes?

For the specific rehabilitation requirements, see IDAPA rule 24.39.35.011

Who Needs to be Hired?

An Idaho licensed manufactured home installer must sign items numbers 1 through 3 of the rehabilitation checklist.
An Idaho licensed manufactured home installer or Idaho licensed HVAC contractor must sign item number 4.
An Idaho licensed electrical contractor must sign item number 5.
An Idaho licensed plumbing contractor must sign item number 6.
Title 44, Chapter 25, of Idaho law requires specifically licensed contractors perform the work.
A State of Idaho Plumbing Specialty Contractor is licensed to reconnect the sewer and water lines in the ground to the existing plumbing lines under the home only. This license type does not include the required schooling to complete plumbing work or systems testing inside a structure as a contractor.
Title 44, Chapter 25, of Idaho law requires specifically licensed contractors perform any necessary electrical, gas, and water and sewer inspections or repairs. The homeowner may complete other work necessary to provide required gypsum
board protection within gas furnace or water heater compartments and the installation of egress windows if necessary. An Idaho licensed manufactured home installer would still be required to inspect and sign off on the rehabilitation checklist that the work follows the law.
Idaho law requires an Idaho licensed installer to prepare the mobile home for transportation purposes.
An authorized transporter may transport the home to the new site after securing a moving permit from the Idaho Transportation Department.
An Idaho licensed installer is required to install the home at the new site. An installation permit is required.
Additional permit(s) will also be required for licensed electrical, plumbing and/or HVAC contractors to connect the utilities.
Licensed electrical and plumbing contractors are usually found in the phone book or on the web. Licensed manufactured home installers may also be listed; however, if not, Idaho licensed manufactured home retailers may be able to provide a referral. The Division of Building Safety may be contacted for a current list of licensed contractors.
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