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A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications complying with the current code's minimum standards.
Never guess if you need a permit or not. The best way to find out if you need a permit for a construction project is to contact the City of Eagle Building Department. Discuss your plans with one of the code officials before beginning the project to determine whether or not you need a permit. If a permit is not required, we will still answer any construction questions and provide you with valuable advice.
Your home or business is a major investment. If your construction project does not comply with the current codes adopted by the City of Eagle, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work completed without permits and inspections. And most importantly, SAFETY. The permit allows the code officials to protect the public through and inspection process to reduce potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare. By following these guidelines, the project will meet minimum standards for safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, or future owners.
You may talk with the Building Department staff or go the Building Department's page on the cityofeagle.org web site. The web site has all the applications, documents, check lists, fee estimators, etc that you will need to help you start your project. Being prepared will help you avoid any problems that could cost you time and money.
You will need to bring in your application and all required documentation and building plans for review. The plans will be checked for compliance of current code minimum standards. If there are any problems, the plan reviewer will either red-mark the issue on the plan or call to discuss solutions to help correct the problem.
Printable Version available at the following link: City of Eagle’s Climate and Geographic Design Criteria
Date published to website: February 2021
Please click the following link to learn more about how to protect your home from wildfires: Living with Fire: A Guide For The Homeowner (PDF)
Submittal Requirements for a POLE BARN or POST FRAME Building in the City of Eagle
The International Residential Code (IRC) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings provides a prescriptive method for building dwellings of a very basic design. Larger, more complex buildings (Pole Buildings) do not fit this prescriptive method of construction and requires engineering.
The IRC does not address buildings employing lateral soil bearing, where posts or poles used as columns are embedded in earth or concrete, such as a POST FRAME Building or a POLE BARN. A stamped engineered design with lateral analysis, axial and flexural loading and depth of embedment calculations is required.
Submittal documents for the purpose of obtaining a building permit must be prepared by a Licensed Design Professional (Title 54, Chp 3, Architects) in accordance with Idaho State Law. If the nature of the work is primarily Structural, the stamp of a Licensed Professional Engineer is acceptable.
If the building is to be heated or cooled, a separate permit shall be pulled for that install and the work must be completed by a Licensed Contractor (Must be IDAHO STATE LICENSE)
Posted: 12/10/19 JG
Once the permit is issued, on-site inspections will be required by the code official to be sure the work is in compliance with the plans and the local code minimum safety standards.
After the work is completed, a FINAL inspection will be required and a final certificate will be issued insuring the work is in compliance.
No, This process is done through Ada County Elections. Please visit their website for information.
How to read an agenda.
The City of Eagle has made it a top priority to make public records easily accessible to the general public, and thus is proud to provide several options for the public to utilize in obtaining public records.
HELPFUL TIPS: Use the search bar to find a specific term. To narrow your search, click on a folder (i.e. agendas, et.al) and type in the desired term.
Please logout upon completion of session LaserFiche Weblink -Failing to click on the “LOGOUT” button may result in access being blocked for up to 20 minutes.
Should you like further assistance utilizing the Laserfiche Weblink or Granicus please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 208-939-6813.
Economic development means different things to different people. On a broad scale, anything a community does to foster and create a healthy economy can fall under the auspice of economic development. Economic Development generally includes the following primary initiatives:
All three of the forms seek to create primary jobs that pay more than the average wage, increase the amount of income coming into the community from outside our market area, and create greater capital investment in our community.
Other areas that play a key role in economic development are:
Economic development acts as a catalyst by helping local businesses expand or by attracting new businesses into the community. Such activity increases the tax base of the area, thereby spreading the costs of public services and keeping overall costs down. Economic development increases the economic well-being of every business in our town.
The best economic development strategies are those that place Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) first. Studies have shown that approximately 80 percent of all new businesses come from businesses already in the community. Eagle's top priority in Economic Development is BR&E.
Economic development is a process of targeted activities and programs that work to improve the economic wellbeing and quality of life of a community by building local wealth, diversifying the economy, creating and retaining jobs, and building the local tax base. Below is a summary of why this is important to Eagle.
Job Creation - Over 90% of our local residents commute out of Eagle for work; creating more local, high wage jobs would help decrease the amount of residents having to travel outside of the community for work, thus also reducing the traffic congestion on our roads.
Diversifying the Economy - "Don't put all your eggs in one basket." It's a mantra mothers everywhere have been telling their children for generations. It is good advice that bears relevance not only on the farm, but in the community at large as well. Diversification of an economy means that if one business falls and breaks, the effect on the overall economy will be minimized. Bringing in more industry and business helps relieve the tax burden on residential as commercial typically pays more in taxes, thus helping keep taxes low for homeowners. Essentially, communities want to have a diverse tax base, just as individuals want a diversified investment portfolio. Being too reliant on one industry, or just residential, leaves the entire community in jeopardy and susceptible to economic downturns or shifts. One of the other primary benefits of diversification is that a diversified economy helps support multiple businesses within it. A diversified economy creates a sustainable cycle of economic activity where businesses continually feed off of one another and grow larger as the economy grows, and it feeds innovation in the form of new ideas and product generation. As one business grows, the business beside it just might develop the widget, gadget, or gizmo they need to enhance their operations and boosts their profitability.
Building Local Wealth -
There are many great resources to assist you in starting your own business, and the City of Eagle is here to connect you to the resources. So, where do you begin? Click here.
Looking for the most well-suited location for your business? Eagle is certainly a city deserving of serious consideration.
In Eagle, we understand the importance of finding the right location, and all the ingredients that need to be combined to make the perfect recipe. Whether you are searching for office space, a location for your new headquarters or tech company, a retail or restaurant location, or an industrial spot, we are positive you'll find the most well-suited location for your operational needs and your team's productivity and satisfaction.
If you would like to search real estate for yourself, visit the Gem State Prospector website. Or, let us search for you! There are many considerations when looking for property; such as, zoning regulations, building standards, floodplain zones, etc. Our staff is available to assist you with identifying suitable properties that meet your specific needs. Contact our office at email@example.com or by phone at (208) 489-8755.
To find a list of new businesses coming to Eagle, click here.
We always recommend that you check with the City Planning & Zoning office at 208-939-0227, but if you are looking after office hours or you want to check for yourself:
Step One: Check the Ada County Assessor’s Website. The Ada County Assessor maintains a land record system that is available online: http://www.adacountyassessor.org/propsys/ This system lets you search by address, parcel number, or subdivision. Once you find the property, look for "Zone Code" to the left of the picture.
Step Two: Once you have the zoning code you need to compare that to the Eagle City Code 8-2-1: Zoning Districts, which can be found online at the following link: https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/eagleid/latest/eagle_id/0-0-0-9902. This section of Eagle City Code will also give you information about permitted uses within the zone and setbacks.
Please Note: The County Assessor’s website is not always up-to-date and the City Planning & Zoning should be contacted for the most accurate information.
Prior to Submittal:
Two events must occur before the City accepts an application.
Step 1: Application Submittal
Applicant schedules a meeting with staff to submit materials & fees. The City will create a file. This is the 1st time the City has the application materials.
Step 2: Agency Transmission and Staff Review
Staff sends the application to agencies for comment and recommendations. Staff review the application and creates a staff report based on the City Comprehensive Plan and City Code. The staff report is available 5 to 7 days before the hearing.
Step 3: Public Notification
A minimum of 15-days before hearing a letter is to sent property owners within 300-ft. of the site and notice is published in the newspaper explaining the request, as well as, the date, lime, & location of the hearing. The site is posted 10- days before the hearing.
Step 4: P&Z Commission Hearing
The applicant and the public share their reasons for approval or denial. The commission’s decision is a recommendation to the City Council. The commission will issue written findings of fact based on the public hearing, comprehensive plan, and City code.
Step 5: Public Notification Again
A repeat the public notification process from Step 3 but with City Council hearing date, time & location.
Step 6: City Council Hearing
The applicant and the public share their reasons for approval or denial. The City Council can approve, deny, or send back to the P&Z Commission or staff for additional work. The City Council will issue written findings of fact based on the public hearing, comprehensive plan, and City code. Findings are customarily adopted at a separate meeting on the Council’s consent agenda.
On to the Design Review Process...
All land uses (aside from a single home or 2-family homes) are subject to the Eagle Design Review Process prior to development or construction.
Click here for a handy flow chart explaining this process.
The Mayor is sworn in to protect and defend the US constitution, the Idaho Constitution, Idaho Code, and Eagle City Code. The Mayor serves as the chief administrator for the City- presiding over meetings of the Council, setting agendas, processing complaints, and overseeing day to day management of the City. Unlike the City Council, the Mayor only votes to break a tie.
The Eagle City Council is made up of four at-large elected officials who are sworn in to protect and defend the US constitution, the Idaho Constitution, Idaho Code, and Eagle City Code. The City Council is the legislative and policy-making branch of the City government. The Council is charged with oversight of the City finances, improvements & work done for the City.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is made up of five mayor-appointed and council confirmed members. The commission is charged with oversight under Idaho Code 67-65: The Local Land Use Planning Act. One of the five members shall be appointed to represent the people outside the City limits but within the Eagle Area of Impact Boundary.
The Eagle Design Review Board is made up of five mayor-appointed and council confirmed design professionals (land use, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, business & citizen). The Board reviews both commercial & subdivision applications to confirm compliance with the City’s Design Review Standards in Eagle City Code 8- 2A.
Agencies that receive land use applications
Land uses & development in Eagle are guided by four main sections on Eagle City Code:
The City of Eagle has 9 architectural design styles. They are as follows:
For more information about these design styles and how they are applied please view the Eagle Architecture and Site Design Book.
8-11-3: MINIMAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE: No building or premises shall detrimentally impact the surrounding neighborhood due to dilapidation, deterioration, decay, abandonment or unfinished construction and render the enjoyment of the property essentially uncomfortable or inconvenient to the neighborhood. (Ord. 520, 6-28-2005)
If you have questions contact: Eagle Police Code Enforcement Office at (208) 577-3715 or file a code enforcement complaint online.
8-3-2: SUPPLEMENTAL GENERAL PROVISIONS: C. Parking And Storing Of Certain Vehicles: Automotive vehicles or trailers of any kind or type without current license plates shall not be parked or stored on any residentially zoned property other than in a completely enclosed building or carport. Further, no boats, motor homes or other recreational vehicles may be parked more than seventy-two (72) consecutive hours in front of any residentially zoned property. One boat and one recreational vehicle may be stored in the side or rear yard.
A variance is a modification to the bulk and placement standards (setbacks, shape of structure) when the strict enforcement of code will create a hardship. Idaho Code Section 67-6516 states: “A variance shall not be considered a right or special privilege, but may be granted to an applicant only upon a showing of undue hardship because of characteristics of the site and that the variance is not in conflict with the public interest.”
A waiver is the process of permitting exceptions to development standards, other than use, through the use of a conditional use permit or by administrative process. Waivers must be consistent with the City’s adopted plan and illustrate how the allowance provides for better compliance than the existing City plan and other city code.
An example of a waiver in Eagle City Code is Building Height:
Eagle City Code 8-2-4 establishes a Maximum Height for buildings within the City of Eagle based on zoning but, Eagle City Code 8-2A-6B-6 establishes that “additional height may be permitted if a conditional use permit is approved by the city council”.
Commonly in Eagle, waivers are completed as part of the Planned Unit Development process under Eagle City Code 8-6-6-2(C)-2 or as part of a development agreement in the Mixed Use (MU) zoning designation under Eagle City Code 8-2-1.
Learn about the Eagle is HOME plan
Learn about the 2017 Eagle is HOME plan changes
A comprehensive plan under Idaho Code (§67-6508) is a guide looking toward the future of the City. The plan shall include all land within the jurisdiction of the governing board. The plan shall consider previous and existing conditions, trends, compatibility of land uses, desirable goals and objectives, or desirable future situations for each planning component. Eagle’s Comprehensive Plan can be found by clicking here.
Zoning is standards under Idaho Code (§67-6511) that regulates and restricts the height, number of stories, size, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair or use of buildings and structures; percentage of lot occupancy, size of courts, yards, and open spaces; density of population; and the location and use of buildings and structures. All standards shall be uniform for each class or kind of buildings throughout each district, but the standards in one (1) district may differ from those in another district.
Downtown Eagle Plan 4/29/2019
Eagle 2018 Growth Report
The City of Eagle and West Ada School District release first-ever School Planning Report Card. The goal of the report card is to have the school district and City review how the two entities cooperatively plan for, fund, and manage public schools within the City of Eagle. Additional information on school capacity and enrollment is released by the West Ada School District in September of each year. The City provides the school district copies of all applications received by the City for recommendation and comment. The intent is to have the report card updated annually as conditions changes within the District.
West Ada School District enrollment map.
Yes! The City of Eagle offers a glass recycling drop off bin located at the south end of the Eagle Library parking lot (100 N Stierman Way). Remove lids or corks, this is a glass only facility. Please place all glass in the bin, no leaving bottles or boxes on the pavement.
See a map of City owned street lights below. If it is City owned, submit a report to the Public Works department. Or call the Public Works Department at 208-939-6813.
Streetlights located in a subdivision are the responsibility of the Home Owners Association (HOA).
No; Idaho State law regarding public bidding requirements for municipalities is detailed in Idaho State Code 67-2805; the City of Eagle adheres the requirements established by law. Advertisements for Bids, Requests for Proposals and Requests for Qualifications are posted on the City of Eagle’s website. Additionally, publication in the official newspaper for qualifying requests is provided when required.
The City of Eagle provides Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Eagle residents quarterly on the second Wednesday of January, April, July, and October. Collection takes place at the south end of the Eagle Library parking lot (100 N Stierman Way) and hours of operation are 12 to 7 p.m.
Hazardous waste such as the following will be collected:
For more information, contact City Hall at 208-939-6813. For a full list of accepted materials, visit Curb It Boise.
The program is a new solution to handle hard to recycle plastics like candy wrappers, toothpaste tubes, and packing peanuts. The plastics are converted to diesel fuel or used for energy in other ways
On your regularly scheduled recycling day, the orange bag can be securely tied and placed in the blue bin. The bags will be transported, sorted from the rest of the recycled materials, and sent to a fuel conversion center.
Hefty Energy Bags are available for purchase from local grocery and big-box stores.
More information: https://www.cityofeagle.org/271/Energy-Bag-Orange-Bag-Program
Depending on the scope of work, projects are published in The Idaho Statesman and always posted on the City of Eagle's website.
In most instances, Ada County Highway District will be able to assist you with questions regarding streets. They may be reached at 208-387-6100.
There are three water providers in the City of Eagle, each with designated areas of service. The City of Eagle Water Department, Eagle Water Company, and Suez Water Company. Your water provider will be determined by your location. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office for clarification of who your provider is.
Phone numbers for each provider are as follows:City of Eagle Water, 208-489-8777Eagle Water Company, 208-939-0242Suez Water Company, 208-362-7304 or 1300
For more information, visit the Areas of Service Page of our Website.
No, there is no Fluoride added to the water. There is some naturally occurring Fluoride well below the defined guidelines for safety.
Our water testing has indicated that our ground water is moderately hard. Installation of a water softener would be at your discretion.