Kootenai County will not require building codes for some homes

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Kootenai County Commissioners have adopted new building codes, which do not require some homes to go through the permitting process. 

Monday night, the commissioners voted on a plan from four different options after hearing hours of public testimony. The plan they chose adopts building codes, but allows opt-out provisions for residential structures built on five acres or more. 

Under the new guidelines, a structural engineer or architect would not be required to sign off on the design. It would also allow homeowners to add on decks, awnings and other improvements to existing structures without a permit.

The other options commissioners considered included allowing builders to opt-in to building codes, updating the existing building codes, and doing away with building codes all together. 

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