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Depending on your zone, you may be allowed to operate a daycare, however you are still required to obtain a Special Use Permit to operate a business out of your home. There are three types of childcare facilities. The City of Jerome defines daycares in this way:
To obtain a Special Use Permit, visit the forms page. For any questions, call 208-324-8189.
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The Planning Office is located in City Hall at:152 E Avenue AJerome, ID 83338
For questions, call 208-324-8189 or view a map to our office.
To determine the zone of your property, use the City of Jerome's official zoning map (PDF). When the map is viewable, find your address and note which zoning color corresponds to the legend in the bottom left corner of the map. If you have any questions concerning zoning, call the Planning and Zoning Office at 208-324-8189.
The uses allowed on your property depend on the zoning of your property. The City of Jerome has assigned a zone to every property located in the City of Jerome. Zoning regulates the types and densities of residential development and the types of industrial and commercial uses allowed. The City of Jerome Planning Office can assist you in determining the zoning of your property and the uses allowed in that zone.
For your reference, you may view 17.14.010 of the Jerome Municipal Code which contains the Official Schedule of District Regulations. This will show the uses allowed in different zoning districts. Uses are listed as “P” for a Permitted Use and “S” signifying by Special Use Permit only. If none of these are listed, the use is prohibited in that zone.
Some uses require review by the Planning and Zoning Commission before they can be permitted. Special Use Permits are usually required because the proposed use has the potential to have a significant impact on neighboring properties. The Special Use Permit process ensures that the public has an opportunity to review and comment on the application. A Special Use Permit is an application process which has a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The public hearing process for a Special Use Permit takes approximately three months from start to finish. The City will send notices to neighbors within 300 feet of the property and public agencies such as school districts and the Jerome County Highway District. This gives anyone who may be affected, an opportunity to comment on the proposed use of the property. You may obtain information regarding Conditional uses in the Jerome Municipal Code, Title 17. View the special use permit application (PDF).
Permitted Uses are those that are allowed outright without a public hearing based on the Jerome Municipal Code, 17.14.010.
In any front yard, no fence or wall or shrub shall be permitted which materially impedes vision across such yard over the height of three feet and twenty feet back from front property line. For back and side yards, a wall, fence, or planting screen shall not be more than six feet in height and shall be maintained in good condition.
Temporary materials or materials not originally designed for the purposes of fence construction will be highly discouraged. Fences made of wood, vinyl are preferred with chain-link encouraged only for back-yard fences.
Setbacks are determined according to the zoning district of your property. You may obtain zoning district information by contacting the Planning Department or by viewing our code online. View a table (PDF) summarizing most setbacks in the City.
Applications that require a public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council take approximately 3 to 4 months to process from the date of submittal until the final paper work is completed. To access an application for special use permits, variance requests, preliminary and final plats, and other planning and zoning issues, visit the forms page.
You are required to obtain a sign permit prior to erecting a sign on your property. You may reference sign regulations in title 17 of the municipal code. Sign permit applications can be obtained from the Building Department in City Hall.
The City mails a notice out to all property owners within 300 feet of a property when a development application is submitted. This notice details the request and allows surrounding property owners an opportunity to comment for or against the application at or prior to the public hearing. You can obtain more information on the application by contacting the Planning Office at 208-324-8189.
You may the view the Jerome Municipal Code online. If you do not have internet access you may visit our office in City Hall.
You may access applications forms online on our forms page or you may come by our office in City Hall.