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Mobile Home Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do I need to know about Mobile Home Rehabilitation?

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.
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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. It is generally easier to do the rehabilitation work prior to moving the home as utility hook-ups are still available.
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If a building permit is required by your local building jurisdiction for the installation of the home then the rehabilitation process on your home is required.
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No. Title 44, Chapter 25, of Idaho law only requires this process be completed if the home is being moved or reinstalled on a new foundation that requires an installation building permit from the local city or county authority having jurisdiction for building code enforcement.
If your home is located in a park it is the park's determination as to whether or not to require a rehabilitation process. If they do require the home be inspected, they must provide their own rehabilitation requirements and/or forms.
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Yes, if a building permit is required by your local building jurisdiction to install an approved permanent foundation as part of the overall conversion to real property, then the rehabilitation process on your home is required using the Rehabilitation Checklist provided by the Division of Building Safety.
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Title 44, Chapter 25, of Idaho law does not prescribe a specific period of time 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 enforcement jurisdiction.
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The Division does NOT keep a copy of this form once we have signed it and returned it to you. Please make a copy for your records before presenting it to your local building code enforcement jurisdiction to obtain your installation permit.
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After all required inspections associated with the complete installation and proper connection to utilities have been performed and approved, a certificate of occupancy or other authorization to occupy must be obtained from the local building code enforcement jurisdiction.
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What Costs are Involved?

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.
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Title 44, Chapter 25 of Idaho law does not regulate the charges allowed by licensed contractors to inspect, test, and/or make repairs to manufactured/mobile homes. It is suggested that you contact more than one of the required and appropriately licensed manufactured home installers or service companies, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical contractors to obtain estimates prior to your decision to rehabilitate the home.
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Not if the cost exceeds the value of the home.
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The Division of Building Safety does not currently have the means to assist with or refer clients in financial matters. It is suggested that you contact local community action agencies, housing authorities or senior assistance programs for assistance or advice.
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Does My Home Have to Meet Current Codes?

The Mobile Home Rehabilitation process does not require new furnaces, water heaters, or any other appliances. It does require that the walls, ceilings, and doors of any compartment containing gas-fired appliances be lined with 5/16 inch or greater gypsum board for fire protection. If the compartment opens to the outside of the home the door may be of all metal construction and will not require the gypsum board.
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The Mobile Home Rehabilitation process does not specifically require your home be re-wired to meet today's materials and code requirements. It does require that the homes existing electrical system be inspected to be in proper working order and that it meets the minimum safety standards as prescribed by Title 44, Chapter 25.
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The Mobile Home Rehabilitation process does not specifically require your home be re-plumbed to meet today's modern materials and updated code requirements. It does require that the homes existing water, drainage, and vent system be pressure or flood tested and inspected to be in proper working order and that it meets the minimum safety standards as prescribed by law.
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The Mobile Home Rehabilitation process does not specifically require the fixtures in your home be replaced to meet today's materials and code requirements. It does require that the homes existing system by inspected to be in proper working order and that it meets the minimum safety standards as prescribed by law.
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Who Do I Need to Hire?

An Idaho licensed manufactured home installer or service company must sign items numbers 1 through 3 of the rehabilitation checklist. Item number 4 must be signed by an Idaho licensed manufactured home installer or service company or an Idaho licensed HVAC contractor. An Idaho licensed electrical contractor must sign item number 5. An Idaho licensed plumbing contractor must sign item 6.
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Title 44, Chapter 25, of Idaho law requires specifically licensed contractors to be used during the entire rehabilitation process.
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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.
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Title 44, Chapter 25, of Idaho law requires specifically licensed contractors perform any necessary electrical, gas, and water and sewer inspections or repairs. The home owner 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. A licensed manufactured home installer or service company would still be required to inspect and sign off on the rehabilitation checklist that the work done was in compliance with the law.
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Idaho law requires a licensed service company or installer to tear down the home for transportation purposes.
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Hire an authorized transporter to transport the home to the new site after securing a moving permit and/or installation permit from the local building code official having jurisdiction over the new site. The mobile home installation building permit cannot be issued without the completed pre-requisite rehabilitation certification form pre-approved and signed by the Division of Building Safety.
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Hire a licensed installer to re-install the home at the new site. Additional permit(s) will also be required for licensed electrical, plumbing and/or HVAC contractors to connect the utilities.
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Licensed electrical contractors and plumbers are usually listed in the yellow pages of your phone book. Licensed manufactured housing installers or service companies may also be listed; however, if they are not you might try contacting a manufactured home retailer to obtain a referral. If the information can not be found, contact the Division of Building Safety for a list of currently licensed contractors in or around your area.
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Contacts

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)