Basic Requirements for Building Permits

  1. Check subdivision or land restrictions;
  2. Obtain necessary permits;
  3. Obtain Power County Highway Permit; (Phone: 208-226-2661)
  4. Obtain septic permit from State Health Dept; (Phone: 208-226-5094 or 208-478-6320)
  5. Obtain Idaho State electric permit if needed; (Idaho State Division of Building Safety)
  6. 10-14 days prior to building, submit a complete set of blueprints to Power County Building Administrator. (Larger commercial & residential require blueprints with original Engineer’s or architect’s stamp)
  7. Frost Depth – 32 inches
  8. Snow Load – 30-45 pounds (depending on location)
  9. Wind Speed – 90 Miles Per Hour
  10. Seismic Zone – D-1
  11. Climate Zone – 5

 

MINIMUM SETBACKS

(All distances are from property line)

Use/Building   Along Arterial Roads Along other Roads & Property Lines
Wells, irrigation or domestic.50 feet50 feet
Granaries, etc.60 feet60 feet
Potato cellars, uses that generate similar truck traffic and require similar loading space.On frontage from which accessed – 200 ft., other frontages – 60 ft.On frontage from which accessed – 200 ft., other frontages – 60 ft.
Machine shops, uses that generate similar truck traffic and require similar space for vehicle storage.On frontage from which accessed – 100 ft., other frontages – 60 ft.On frontage from which accessed – 100 ft., other frontages – 60 ft.
Dwellings from main road.50 feet – arterial roads
35 feet – other roads 
10 feet from side and AG or RR Zone and rear property line.

 

    Building Administrator
    Planning and Zoning Department

    127 Idaho Street
    American Falls, ID 83211
    Phone: (208) 226-7625
    Fax: (208) 226-7623