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Can homeowners perform work themselves?


Homeowners may perform work on their primary residence without registering as a contractor with the State of Idaho. 

  • Do you need a permit?
    Check the Homeowner's Guide to Building Permits to see if your project needs a permit,
     
  • Permit Required: If you act as the sub-contractor on your project you must get a permit for the work and physically perform the work yourself. 

  • Apply Online: Homeowners can use PDS Online to pull trade permits (plumbing, electrical and mechanical) or permits for a fence, roof, windows or siding. Use the wizard to select the appropriate permits, apply online, schedule inspections and pay permit fees. Just set up an account to get started.
  • Licensed Contractor: If you're not doing all of the work yourself (such as electrical, plumbing or mechanical work), the person performing the work must be a State of Idaho registered and licensed contractor in that trade.
     

Hiring a contractor


Here are some helpful hints for hiring a contractor. Please note that contractors are licensed by the State of Idaho.

  • Required Licenses: The State of Idaho requires that any individual or company performing Electrical, HVAC or Plumbing work obtain the required licenses.
     
  • Hire a Licensed Contractor: If you, as the owner, choose to hire a contractor, you must verify that the contractor is properly licensed with the State of Idaho's Division of Building Safety. Search for a Licensed Contractor

  • Make sure your Contractor gets a Permit: Contractors must get the appropriate City of Boise permits for the work they perform. Contractors must obtain permits in their name and may not legally perform work under a property owner (homeowner's) permit.
     
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