Below are the basic steps to building a home.
- Visit Teton County's GIS Database to determine the zoning for your parcel. Zones are defined in each municipality's Land Development Code. They outline property line setbacks, maximum building height, and building types allowed. The LDCs also contain allowed uses such as backyard cottage, accessory apartments, livestock keeping, etc. Your property may also be subject to a special overlay zone, such as the Natural Resources Overlay, or the Airport Overlay, which carry additional use limitations.
- Engage Professionals to locate your building site by analyzing zoning requirements, and feasibility for sewage treatment, access, slopes, wetlands, etc. Building a house is a complex undertaking, so it's essential to enlist the help of professionals who understand the local nuances. Harmony specializes in development that blends with the surrounding environment and complies with local regulations. Consult with a reputable general contractor who can oversee the construction process and ensure quality workmanship.
- Whether you're building on unincorporated County land or within the city limits of Driggs or Victor, you'll need to obtain multiple permits before your house can be lived in. These generally include:
- Grading Erosion Control
- Septic or Sewer Permit
- Building Permit
- Plumbing/Electrical/Mechanical Inspection
- Certificate of Occupancy
Teton County Building Permit Information
Building Permit Submittal Checklist
Design Standards Checklist
Building Permit Application
City of Driggs Building Permit Information
Building Permit Process Checklist
Online Building Permit Application
City of Victor Building Permit Information
Online Building Permit Application
To apply for a building permit, you'll need engineered stamped construction drawings for your home, any structural improvements on the site, and grading. You'll also need a site plan showing setbacks, impervious surfaces and structure locations. Once approved, you must keep the building permit and inspection report onsite.
During construction, a porta potty and a dumpster must be provided onsite.
Environmental Considerations: Teton County boasts stunning natural beauty, and it's important to consider the environment while building your home. Engage with professionals who specialize in sustainable and eco-friendly building practices. Incorporate energy-efficient designs, utilize renewable materials, and consider options to minimize your ecological footprint. Work closely with your chosen architect to create a design that reflects your personal preferences while harmonizing with the local aesthetics. Additionally, ensure your design accounts for the region's unique weather patterns and seasonal changes.
- Coordinate with utility providers to ensure access to necessary infrastructure such as water, electricity, and sewage systems. If you are outside city limits, you'll most likely need to drill a well and install a septic system. This requires approval by Eastern Idaho Public Health. For more information on septic permitting, visit their information page.
- Over the course of constructing your house, periodic inspections are required to ensure proper building practices. Generally, these include foundation, framing, electrical, plumbing, and final inspection. In Driggs, Victor, and Teton County, electrical and plumbing inspections are undertaken by the State of Idaho. Foundation, framing, mechanical, and final inspection are performed by local officials.
- After your final inspection, you will be issued a Certificate of Occupancy. This licenses you to inhabit your new building. Welcome home!