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Building Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General

Codes that go into effect January 1, 2018 are listed in the Idaho Division of Building Safety Adopted Codes [pdf] document.

Yes. See the Idaho Amendments to the 2015 IBC [pdf] document for details of the provisions that are effective as of January 1, 2018.

  • Modular Buildings: Buildings built in one place with the intent to move the building to another site for placement are under the jurisdiction of DBS for the construction that is done at the place of manufacture. Work that is done on the placement site is under jurisdiction of the city or county. Please contact the city or county.

  • Manufactured Homes: Manufactured Homes (HUD) are regulated under the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974, which is preemptive over construction standards established by states and local governments.

  • Private Buildings: The Building Program of DBS does not have jurisdiction over site-built private structures if the building or structure is not one of the above. Contact the city or county.

Please view this brochure of classifications and regulations for tiny houses, manufactured homes, modular buildings and recreational vehicles.

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Arlan Smith, Program Manager
Ron Whitney, Deputy Administrator
Licensing, Permits & Inspection Support
  • 208-334-3950 (Meridian Area)
  • 800-955-3044 (toll free)
  • 877-810-2840 (fax)
Inspection Requests
  • 208-332-4700 (Meridian Area)
  • 800-839-9239 (toll free)