Permits are the way the City of Coeur d'Alene regulates construction. There are several different types of permits, based on the type of construction:
Some examples of projects requiring permits are as follows:
Most projects will require permits of some kind (building permits and/or other development permits). This is necessary to ensure that all buildings meet minimum standards which protect its occupants and neighbors in everyday living and in the case of emergencies or natural disasters. Some minor projects are allowed without obtaining building permits. However, depending upon the project, other permits (development permits, encroachment permits, special activities permits, etc.) may be required. In either case, the construction of such projects should be in conformance with all applicable codes. Some of the projects which do not require a building permit are:
Decks not exceeding 200 square feet (18.58 m2) in area, that are not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the exit door required by Section R311.4.
Permits are issued by the Customer Service Center located in the Coeur d'Alene City Hall at 710 E. Mullan Avenue. The Customer Service Center is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and submittals are accepted 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You can contact the Customer Service Center/Building Team by calling (208) 769-2267.
On most re-roof, demolition, siding, mechanical and plumbing applications, a permit can be obtained over-the-counter. A residential building permit application submittal is required to have a detailed plan review prior to issuing any permits.
Staff at the Customer Service Center can assist you with the requirements for your specific project. Residential applications have a checklist of submittal requirements and is available under Applications/Forms. Commerical submittals require one paper plan set and one cd of the same to be submitted with a completed application. A plan check fee (cash or check) is due at the time of submittal.
In general, a complete plan set includes (but is not necessarily limited to):
The following criteria is required for development in the City of Coeur d'Alene:
When applying for a residential building permit, the following checklist will assist you with assembling the documents and/or drawings required for a complete submittal package:
1. A plan review fee based on the value of the job is due in the form of cash or check at the time of permit submittal.
2. Submittals are required to be an electronic PDF file.
3. Building and Mechanical applications must be fully completed.
4. Site plan.
A drawing representation of the property line, structure(s) on the property and the distance from all structures to the property lines. Distance between structures should also be included. Distinguish between existing and proposed structures and driveways or approaches.
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5. Floor Plan for each level of the house including the garage. Identify each room.
Show smoke detector locations. One smoke detector is required in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and at least 1 per level of the house.
Show carbon monoxide detector locations. One shall be installed outside of each sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms.
6. The height of any proposed buildings or accessory structures from grade to peak is required to be reflected on the plan.
7. Plan details. The details should be complete enough for the plans examiner to be able to look at your plan and perform the construction of the project. Details would include such items as elevations, roof plan, framing plans, spacing, joist hangers, joist size and spacing, flashing, ledgers, beam size and type.
8. Zoning: R-1 R-3 R-5 R-8 R-12 R-17 MH-8 DC
Infill overlay district: DO-N DO-E MO Hillside
9. All headers and beams location including type, size and connections.
10. Foundation plan with cross sections of footings, pads, wall reinforcement, anchor bolts, hold downs and sill plates. Include deck and patio details.
11. Floor framing details. Show beams, joists type, size, spacing and installation details.
12. Roof framing plan and details or truss layout and datasheets, include over-framing details.
13. Furnace and hot water heater location.
14. Egress windows. Provide at least one egress window in every bedroom and at least one on each level.
15. All braced wall panel types. Show locations and details of installation, including engineered design.
16. Shear / Braced Wall Plan.
17. Attic access. Should be 22”x30” (not allowed in closets smaller then 5’ x 7’)
18. Crawl space access. Should be 18” x 24” min (22”x30” min if access to mechanical equipment)
19. One-hour fire resistive separation detail between house and garage.
20. Energy Calculations (PDF 2009 IECC): Including percentage of glazing, U-factor of windows, R-values of basement, slab, crawl, floors, exterior walls and ceilings. Website: www.energycodes.gov Tech support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plans, drawings and specifications may be prepared by anyone for the following projects:
If any portion of any structure exempted by this section deviates from substantial compliance with conventional framing requirements, that portion must be designed by a licensed design professional.
Permits may be issued to:
Mechanical contractors are required to have a current State of Idaho HVAC license. Mechanical, Plumbers, and Electricians must all have a current State of Idaho license in order to obtain a permit. Contact the Division of Building Safety at (208) 334-3950. Drain layers and excavators must be registered with the City in order to obtain a permit. For further information call Municipal Services at 769-2229.
The cost of building permits is based upon the valuation of the project. Valuation includes but is not limited to all labor and materials, and all lighting, heating, ventilation, water supply, plumbing, electrical, fire sprinklers, permanent equipment, site work, designer fees and contractor's profit.
The permit application process involves many services. Based upon the project valuation, specific and separate fees have been determined for these services. This allows you to pay for only those services your project may require. The City does have a handout with estimated fees based on construction of a new single family dwelling with a valuation of $200,000.
Payment of fees may be made in the form of cash, personal check, money order, or credit card. When paying by credit card there is a 3% convenience fee on the dollar amount charged.
It is your responsibility to call to schedule inspections for specific times during construction. You as the homeowner may arrange to have your contractor make the call, but it is ultimately your responsibility, as the property owner and recipient of the work covered by the permit, to make sure the inspections are scheduled.
During the construction phase, inspections by City Staff are required prior to:
Special inspections: Are necessary for specific structural conditions and require inspection by an approved third party agency. Inspections are also required prior to connecting to, or the hook-up of:
These inspections are required to insure that the construction is proceeding according to the approved plans and project conditions-of-approval, and/or that all current code standards are being met. In turn, this will help to insure your personal safety and to secure the value of the improvement.
It is your responsibility to schedule all inspections. An appointment must be made at least one working day in advance. During busy construction months, you may want to schedule several days in advance. Periodic inspections must be scheduled until the project is completed and final approval is given by the City. After the job has received a final inspection, a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued. The building permit will be kept on file with the City of Coeur d?Alene as proof of the work which was completed.
Contractor registration is required for all work. The City of Coeur d’Alene will not accept a building permit application unless the applicant provides proof of contractor registration as required by Idaho Code 54-5209 or is exempt from the registration requirement.
Property owners may do work on their own property, but all codes and ordinances must be met.
The property owner will need to fill out an "Owner-Builder" statement prior to the issuance of a permit.There is a Contractor Registration Exemption Declaration available.