Building Safety & Code Enforcement

About Us

The Department of Building Safety and Code Enforcement is comprised of two employees. The primary responsibility is to assist customers who are planning to build or remodel homes or commercial property within the City of Jerome.

The department reviews plans, issues building permits, conducts inspections to insure proper construction and authorizes occupancy for completed projects or occupancy of existing commercial buildings.


The city has adopted the latest version of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Energy Code, and the International Fire Code. The construction valuation and permit fees are based on the 1997 Uniform Building Code. Plans submitted for a building that is to be used for commercial purposes must be stamped by an Idaho license architect or engineer and all submittals must include energy code compliance worksheets.

All buildings must meet the following design standards:

  • Frost depth of 24 inches
  • Roof Snow Load of 30 pounds per square foot
  • Seismic Zone C
  • Wind load of 90 miles per hour

Building Permits

Informational brochures are available on how to obtain a building permit for all types of structures including Manufactured Homes and fabricated commercial buildings.

Residential building permits are generally ready to be issued within one week after being submitted for review. Commercial building permits will be ready in approximately two to four weeks. For questions regarding the approval of material for a particular use, visit the International Code Council website.

Code Enforcement Division

The Code Enforcement division deals with the property maintenance such as:

  • Accumulation of garbage
  • Bulky waste
  • Construction debris
  • Dead animals
  • Hazardous materials
  • Rubbish
  • Stable matter
  • Waste matter
  • Weeds

It also deals with abandon vehicles on the street or unlicensed / expired plates, trailers parked on the street or any other adopted Municipal codes.