Effective January 1, 2018 the 2015 International Building Code, 2015 International Existing Building Code, and 2015 Energy Conservation Code apply to all projects in Driggs city limits.  The 2012 International Residential Code (including Appendix F: Radon Mitigation) still applies to residential construction.

Building Permit Information


Building permits are required within the City of Driggs for any construction, addition, alteration, repair, relocation, demolition or change in occupancy of a building or structure or to enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any gas or mechanical system, with the exception of those activities listed below.

Building permits are not required for the following:

  • On-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet.
  • Fences not over 6 feet high.
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or IIIA liquids.
  • Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
  • Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to single or two-family dwellings that are not greater than 4' deep.
  • Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes.
  • Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one and two-family dwellings.
  • Window awnings supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.

Plumbing & Electrical Permits

Building Code Requirements

Building Design Requirements

Building Permit Fees

Commercial Design Review


Mobile Home, Manufactured Home & Tiny Home Info

Plumbing and Electrical permits are issued by the State of Idaho Division of Building Safety and are required for any plumbing and electrical work. No plumbing permit is required for the clearing of stoppages or repairing of leaks in pipes, valves, fixtures, appliances or appurtenances of any plumbing system when such work does not involve or require any functional rearrangement of pipes, valves or fixtures comprising the plumbing system (§ 54-2621).

Commercial Design Review. Commercial projects require Design Review approval prior to obtaining a building permit. Design Review standards are contained in Appendix A of the Zoning Ordinance.  Multi-family projects require landscape plan and parking plan approval. Please contact the Planning and Zoning Administrator (akoehler@driggsidaho.org) for submittal requirements.

The City of Driggs uses the following codes, as adopted by the Idaho Division of Building Safety:
2015 International Building Code
2015 International Existing Building Code
2012 International Residential Code, including Appendix F. Radon Resistant 
2015 International Energy Conservation Code
2012 International Mechanical Code
2012 International Fuel Gas Code

Download the Building Requirements document here for a complete list of codes and design criteria.

Design Criteria.

Snow Load 90 psf
Frost Depth 36 in
Wind Pressure 90 mph (40 mps)
Energy Zone Idaho    16
Seismic Zone




How long is a permit valid for? 180 days

In accordance with Section 105.5 of the 2012 International Building Code, any permit issued shall become invalid if work does not commence within 180 days of issuance or if the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after work has begun.  The building official is authorized to grant, in writing, one or more extensions of time, for periods not more than 180 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.

What needs to be submitted for a permit?  

See the Building Permit Process & Checklist form. Please also call (208-354-2362 ext 2105) or email our office to confirm if there are any new requirements or additional items needed due to the location. 

What are the setbacks? 

Building setbacks are based on the zone district in which the lot is located. Click here to use the interactive GIS web map to locate the property and the zone. Once you know the zone, you will need to check the Land Development Code to determine what the setbacks are in that zone. Public and private utility easements may also limit the location of a building, so please check the subdivision plat or recorded survey of the property (recorded surveys and plats are available at the Teton County Recorder's Office or online, here.)

If you cannot find the information you need, please call the Planning & Grants Technician at 208-354-2362 ext 2105 or email adellisola@driggsidaho.org. 

Building Permit Fees

1. Building Permit Fees. For review, issuance, and administration of building permits including inspections.

Valuation *


$1 to $50,000

$100 + $50/Inspection

$50,001 to $250,000

0.7% of Valuation

$250,001 to $500,000

0.6% of Valuation

$500,001 to $1,000,000

0.5% of Valuation

$1,000,001 to $2,500,000

0.4% of Valuation

Over $2,500,000

0.3% of Valuation

* Valuation as determined by the ICC and published in the Building Safety Journal (most recent edition).

2. Impact Fees.





Residential (per dwelling)




Residential (per 1bdrm dwelling unit / studio apt




Nonresidential (per sq ft)




Detached Single Family w/ 2 or more bedrooms  (per dwelling unit)




Detached Single Family w/ less than 2 bedrooms  (per dwelling unit)




Multifamily (per dwelling unit)




Retail (per sq ft)




Office (per sq ft)




Industrial (per sq ft)




 *Street impact fees are waived for infill development. Click here for more information.
**Deed restricted affordable housing developments are exempt from all impact fees.


3. Water & Sewer Connection Fees. Click here for fees and complete information on new utility hook-ups.


Mobile Home, Manufactured Home, & Tiny Home Permit Information