The Development Services Department consists of Building Services, Code Enforcement Services and Planning and Zoning Services. These departments are all a part of the Public Works Department and are located behind City Hall.
Building in Mountain Home
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Building ServicesBack to Top
The purpose of the City of Mountain Home’s Building Department’s is to protect the public health, safety and welfare on all new and existing structures, residential and commercial, by enforcing minimum code requirements.
The City of Mountain Home does not regulate these codes and are instead regulated by the State of Idaho’s Division of Building Safety Department. Provisions of these codes relate to plumbing, electrical and mechanical. The City of Mountain Home’s Building Department enforces various City Codes and Ordinances such as:
- Current ICC Building and Fire Codes
- Conducting inspections of new commercial and residential construction including additions and detached accessory buildings, educating the public concerning safety, health and welfare of the building environment
- Issuing building and various other permits
- Issuing Certificate of Occupancy license
- Processing of permit applications for all types of construction
- Providing assistance to developers, contractors and citizens relating to building and city code requirements
- Regulating the occupancy of existing structures and premises
- Evaluate the occupancy requirements based on use and occupancy type
- Review commercial and residential construction plans
Inspections must be called in prior to 9:00 a.m. for same day inspections by calling the Building Department. Inspections called in after 9:00 a.m. will be scheduled for the following day with the exception of roof deck inspections. Inspection times are for AM or PM. We do not make appointments for a specific time. Please call the office phone number at (208) 580-2091. Inspection requests called in to the phone number of the Building Official will not be scheduled.
The US 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 1-800-424-LEAD  or www.epa.gov/lead
Building Permit ReportsBack to Top
Code EnforcementBack to Top
The City of Mountain Home has adopted local laws which are designed to promote the health, safety and welfare of our citizens. The code establishes guidelines for safe and attractive residential neighborhoods and commercial districts.
The city enforces these codes, through our full time code enforcement officer, as well as, on a complaint basis, such as a concerned citizen who calls in, by neighborhood inspections, or staff who may become aware of an issue while traveling through the area. Complaints can be made in person, via e-mail, by telephone, online through the Gov/QA or through written documentation.
Code Enforcement has Idaho Uniform Citation Authority. Please keep in mind that even though you may not own the property, you are still responsible for complying with the ordinances and codes of the City of Mountain Home.
• Code violations are reported to our Code Enforcement officer
• A file is started and pictures of the property are taken; violations are organized by addresses.
• A letter is sent to the property owner and/or occupant explaining the violation, listing the city’s applicable code sections and stating the required compliance deadline of 10 days or 30 days depending on violation, from the date of the letter.
• The site is re-inspected. If the violation is corrected, the file is closed. If the violation still exists, then a final violation is sent to the owner and/or occupant via certified mail allowing another 10 days or 30 days to rectify the violation or the matter is turned over to the prosecuting attorney.
• In addition, the city may abate a property nuisance by hiring a private contractor to correct the issue. The abatement of the nuisance shall be at the expense of the property owner.
Examples of Code Violations
For more information, please view the city codes or contact the Code Enforcement Officer.
2020 Comprehensive PlanBack to Top
City of Mountain Home Comprehensive Plan
Planning and ZoningBack to Top
Planning and Zoning staff administer the City Code, Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances and the Comprehensive Plan. They serve as the technical advisor on planning and zoning issues, which are brought before the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council. The primary responsibility of this Advisory Committee is to oversee the growth and development for the City.
Concept meetings are encouraged on all new projects, giving applicants the chance to meet with the City Planner and appropriate Department Heads to guide the applicant on the proper procedures and necessary requirements to comply with existing City Ordinances.
The Planning and Zoning Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers.