• Evening in downtown Caldwell

    photo credit: Dan Smede

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    Destination Caldwell

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    Dan Smede

  • Historic Caldwell Home

    Jan Boles

  • Old City Hall, circa 1930

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  • Cardboard Kayak Races - 2018

    Destination Caldwell

  • Indian Creek Plaza ice ribbon

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Permit Guide

City of Caldwell "Red Carpet Service"

This information outlines the requirements for obtaining the necessary building permits for commercial, industrial and multi-family developments.  In order to ensure that your application is processed in a timely manner, your plans must be complete.  For application and submittal requirements, see the various information sections provided below.

As part of our Red Carpet Program, all submitted projects will be assigned a Team Leader from our Development Team, who will oversee your project, and who will also be your primary contact throughout the process. Your project will require review and approval from various City Plans Examiners.  Questions or inquiries as the processing of your permit progresses will be directed to your team leader, though some department specific questions may require that you interact with any one or all of the department Plans Examiners listed below.

Important to remember:  Prior to building permit issuance, plans for food related establishments (ie. restaurants, bars, markets, delis, snack bars, etc...) must also be reviewed and approved by the State of Idaho, Southwest District Health Deparment.  They may be contacted at (208) 455-5400.


All projects that are a part of the Caldwell Airport must be submitted to the Airport Manager for approval, prior to submitting for a permit to the Department of Building Safety.


Estimated Turn-Around Time:

  • All department comments and requests will be submitted to your team leader and sent out to the designer in responsible charge within 10 to 12 days from time of submittal.

City Plans Examiners

Community Development Department
Zoning Plans Examination
Jarom Wagoner
(208) 455-4662

Engineering Department
Engineering Plans Examination
Robb MacDonald
(208) 455-4682

Fire Department
Fire Dept Plans Examination
Andy Cater
(208) 455-4703

Department of Building Safety
Building Safety Plans Examination
Chris Bryant
(208) 455-4756

Design Requirements

Adopted Codes

  • 2012 International Residential Code - Parts I, II, III, IV and IX
  • 2015 International Building Code
  •         2015 International Existing Building
  • 2015 International Fire Code
    • Administrative Rules - IDAPA 07.03.01
  • 2017 National Electrical Code
  •          Administrative Rules - IDAPA 07.01.01 - 07.01.11
  • 2012 International Mechanical Code    
  • 2012 International Fuel Gas Code 
  • 2017 Idaho State Plumbing Code - Based off of the 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code
  •           Administrative Rules - IDAPA 07.02.02 - 07.02.07
  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (Commercial)
  •            2012 International Energy Conservation Code (Residential)
  • 1997 Uniform Code for the Abatement of Dangerous Buildings
  • 1997 Uniform Sign Code

Design Criteria

  • Seismic Category - B
  • Exposure - B
  • Wind Loading - 90 miles per hour
  • Roof Snow Load - 25 pounds per square foot
  • Basic Ground Snow Load - 20 pounds per square foot
  • Frost Depth - 24 inches
  • Minimum Collateral Load - 5 pounds per square foot