Childcare Facility

The Office of the City Clerk licenses all child care facilities operating within city limits.

This license requires a background check which must be conducted in person for fingerprinting at City Hall. Fingerprinting must be completed before your license will be processed.

Application Process

In order to gain and maintain a child care license in good standing, a child care facility must complete the following:

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STEP ONE

BEFORE applying for or renewing a Child Care Facility License, an applicant must:

1. Complete annual approved training in CPR, First Aid/AED
2. Complete the city's Healthy Initiative Training
3. Undergo a Central Registry Check for each state you have lived within the last five years. A Central Registry Check is required for all residents age 18 or over living in the home of an in-home daycare.
4. Please have the following ready before submitting your application online:

  • For facilities serving 7-12 children:
    • You must have prior approval from Planning and Zoning. Please have proof of approval before submitting application. For questions, please call (208) 608-7100.
  • For facilities serving 13+ children:
    • Have a copy of your Planning and Zoning Conditional Use permit. For questions, please call (208)-608-7100.
    • Have a copy of your Building Occupancy Permit. For questions, please call (208) 608-7070.
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STEP TWO

Apply Online and Pay Application Fee. The City of Boise allows you to apply for your license online. First time users of this system will be required to set up an account.

Select Child Care Facility Application from the menu and apply.

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STEP THREE

You are applying for a license that requires a background check. You must come to Boise City Hall for fingerprinting.

  • Background checks require fingerprinting and must be done at Boise City Hall. (150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702)
  • Fingerprinting must be completed before your license will be processed.
  • Please note: In-home facilities require anyone living in the home, over the age of 13, to undergo a background check.
STEP FOUR

After submitting application, before a license can be issued, you must:

  • Pass Central District Health inspection: Call (208) 375-5211 x4 to schedule.
  • Pass City Clerk inspection: Call (208) 972-8150 to schedule.

License Renewal

STEP ONE

BEFORE applying for or renewing a Child Care Facility License, an applicant must:

1. Complete annual approved training in CPR, First Aid/AED
2. Complete the city's Healthy Initiative Training
3. Undergo a Central Registry Check for each state you have lived within the last five years. A Central Registry Check is required for all residents age 18 or over living in the home of an in-home daycare.
4. Please have the following ready before submitting your application online:

  • For facilities serving 7-12 children:
    • You must have prior approval from Planning and Zoning. Please have proof of approval before submitting application. For questions, please call (208) 608-7100.
  • For facilities serving 13+ children:
    • Have a copy of your Planning and Zoning Conditional Use permit. For questions, please call (208) 608-7100.
    • Have a copy of your Building Occupancy Permit. For questions, please call (208) 608-7070.
STEP TWO

In order to renew your license online in our new system, we need you to set up a system account.

Once you've set up your account, you can handle future renewals through the portal.

Set Up Account
STEP THREE
  • Once you have set up your account, please contact the City Clerk's office at at (208) 972-8150 or cityclerk@cityofboise.org so your online account can be linked to your existing Child Care Facility License. To make this process easier, please have your current child care facility license number available.
  • Once your new system account has been linked to your license, proceed to Step 4.
  • YOU MUST COMPLETE THIS STEP BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION.
STEP FOUR
  1. Login here to the new online permitting and licensing system with the account you set up in step 2.
  2. After logging, select "My Records" from the Home menu area in the top navigation. You will find your renewal in your "Licenses" list.
  3. Click on the record ID, and proceed with the application.
STEP FIVE

You are applying for a license that requires a background check. You must come to Boise City Hall for fingerprinting.

  • Background checks require fingerprinting and must be done at Boise City Hall. (150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702)
  • Fingerprinting must be completed before your license will be processed.
  • Please note: In-home facilities require anyone living in the home, over the age of 13, to undergo a background check.
  • For more information, contact the City Clerk's office at (208) 972-8150 or cityclerk@cityofboise.org.
STEP SIX

After submitting application and prior to issuing a license:

  • Pass Central District Health inspection: Call (208) 325-5211 x4 to schedule.
  • Pass City Clerk inspection: Call (208) 972-8150 to schedule.

Central Registry Check

New federal and state regulations require a Central Registry check for everyone applying or renewing an application for a child care facility and/or worker license. Applicants must submit a completed form from each state they have lived within the past 5 years. The City of Boise is aligned with these regulations and now requires all applicants to provide proof of a Central Registry check. This requirement also includes all residents over the age of 18 living in the home of an in-home daycare.

Applicant's Responsibility

  • It is now the applicant's responsibility to provide written documentation from all states, including Idaho, for each state they have lined within the past 5 years.
  • Each state has their own laws and requirements, including fees for registry checks. See the Central Registry Master List for information for each state.
  • Applicants must have the result of the Central Registry check prior to applying for their city license.

Idaho's Central Registry Check
The Idaho State Department of Health and Welfare conducts Idaho's Child Protection Central Registry checkPlease access their website for instructions and forms. A Boise specific sample can be found here.

Forms must be filled out completely, notarized, and mailed with payment to:

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare
Criminal History Unit
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83707-9815


Additional Resources

City Licensing: (208) 972-8150City Licensing Fax: (208) 384-3711
Central District Health: (208) 327-7499Boise Fire Inspections: (208) 570-6500
Building Permits: (208) 608-7070Zoning Permits: (208) 608-7100
Child Protection Reporting - Treasure Valley : (208)334-KIDS (5437)Idaho Stars
Child Protection Reporting - Statewide: 1-855-552-5437Idaho Care Line/State Licensing/Complaints: 211 or 1-800-926-2588
Library Youth Services: (208) 384-4200

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