Bannock County Planning and Development Services in Pocatello Idaho

Bannock County Planning & Development Services


ATTENTION: As of January 1, 2021 there will be changes to the building code.
Please see Notice of Building Code Changes.

  • All inspections must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
  • Inspections are available during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
  • All projects must display the building permit number via sign that is visible from the public right-of-way.
  • No work may be performed, including excavation and grading, until permits have been issued. Work performed prior to the issuance of a permit may result in a citation and/or additional fees.
WIND  90 mph - 3 second gust / 115 mph - ultimate
SOIL Variable
FROST DEPTH 36 inches

Dependent on Elevation (below)

Elevation  Roof Live Load  Ground Snow Load
 Below 4600 feet 35 PSF 44 PSF
4600-4999 feet 40 PSF 50 PSF
 5000-5399 feet  50 PSF 63 PSF
5400-5799 feet 60 PSF 75 PSF
5800-5999 feet 70 PSF  88 PSF
 6000-6399 feet 80 PSF 100 PSF
6400-6799 feet 90 PSF 113 PSF
Above 6800   100 PSF   125 PSF


Please call 208-236-7230 to request an inspection.

A permit must be issued and active before an inspection can be requested. Due to time constraints, a 24 hour notice is required to be scheduled. Requests made after hours will be processed the following business day. Inspections are available during normal business hours, Monday-Friday between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, exceptions may apply by appointment only. The office is closed during all federal holidays. Please note we no longer accept requests for specific inspection times; please consider this change when scheduling future inspections. 

Plan Reviews

​In order to obtain a building permit, a complete building permit application must be filled out and submitted to our office with supporting documents. The permit goes through multiple reviews to ensure the property and structure meet the minimum requirements set out in the Planning Ordinance and Building Ordinance.Once the reviews are complete the permit will be emailed to the applicant and if needed, an address plaque will be made and issued. 

​The complete process from the time we receive the complete application and supporting documents can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks depending on the current workload. Workloads tend to be heavier during the summer and fall seasons due to an increase in construction activity so please plan for this time that may delay construction.

Thermal Envelope Requirements

​Plan reviews for single family dwellings and other conditioned structures look for the minimum R-values for each building envelope component. Solid backing material to be used between conditioned space and unconditioned attic space shall be identified on plans.
Thermal Envelope Requirements for buildings in Bannock County Idaho

Building Permit Exemptions

Do I need a building permit? Building permits are required for constructing, enlarging, altering, repairing, moving, demolishing, or changing the occupancy classification of a building or structure. If the structure meets these limitations then no building permit is required. However, a development permit would still be required.
Building Permit Exemptions in Bannock County Idaho

Other Exempt Structures:

  • Flag poles
  • Fences 7 feet high or less
  • Retaining walls 4 feet or less (measured from bottom of footing to top of wall)
  • Playground equipment
  • Detached decks under 200 square feet and less than 30 inches above grade
  • Swimming pools under 5000 gallons and less than 48 inches deep

Always needs a building permit:

  • Habitable space (space for eating, drinking, sleeping)
  • Communication tower
  • Photovoltaic System

Important Contact Information

      Wells & Water Rights - Idaho Water Resources. (208) 525-7161

      Septic Permits - Southeastern Idaho Public Health, Ken Keller. (208) 239-5276

      Plumbing, Electrical, & HVAC Permits - Idaho Division of Building Safety. 
                       Licensing, Permits, & Inspection Support - (800) 955-3044
                       Inspection Requests - (800) 839-9239

      Fire Districts
                       Arimo, Derald Armstrong (208) 254-9214
                       Downey, Chris Sorensen (208) 705-8592 or (208) 897-5083
                       Jackson Creek, Johnny Ketner (208) 220-2749
                       Lava Rural, Kirk Valentine (208) 251-8959
                       North Bannock, Chief Farnsworth (208) 252-5048
                       Land not within Fire District, Merlin Miller (208) 237-3212
                       McCammon, Richard Pierson (208) 251-2683
                       Pocatello Valley, Kevin Spencer (208) 232-8215 or
                                                    Karen Aguilar (208) 775-3581

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