Licensing

Purpose of Licensing

Through our licensing and field-based compliance program, our office seeks to promote a child care environment:

  • That is affordable and accessible to children of all ages;
  • Where children receive safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate care;
  • Where child care providers are of good moral character and encouraged to become career professionals;
  • Where parents have the information and skills needed to make appropriate child care choices;
  • Where our office works together with parents, employers, providers, schools, and other community organizations to accomplish and maintain high-quality standards of care.

Licensing Programs

The Office of the City Clerk licenses all child care providers operating within City limits. In order to gain and maintain a child care license in good standing, a provider must undergo a State and FBI background check, pass a written test of Boise City Child Care Code, complete annual approved training in child development, and CPR, maintain certification in pediatric first-aid, comply with all health, building, and fire codes, and maintain proper adult-to-child supervision ratios. Our licenses are divided into distinct categories:

Family Child Care Home  A child care facility that provides care for six (6) or fewer children in a building inhabited by one (1) or more people who use the building as their home or residence.
Group Child Care Home*
A child care facility that provides care for seven (7) to twelve (12) children in a building inhabited by one (1) or more people who use the building as their home or residence.
Residential Child Care Center* A child care facility that provides care for seven (7) to twelve (12) children in a home or residential building in which no person resides.
Commercial Child Care Center**
A child care facility that provides child care for more than twelve (12) children or uses a non-residential building.

*requires Planning and Zoning administrative review before applying for a license
**requires Building Occupancy Permit and Planning and Zoning Conditional Use Permit before applying for a license

Child care facility operators and child care workers need to apply at the Office of the Boise City Clerk located at City Hall, 150 North Capitol Blvd.

Child Care Worker Online Application **DISCOUNT for renewing license online!**

Child Care Worker Hard Copy Application (PDF)

Child Care Facility Application (PDF)


Licensing Fees

To confirm most current license fee, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (208) 972-8150.


Resource Services

   City Licensing: 972-8150    City Licensing Fax: 384-3711
   Central District Health: 327-7499       Boise Fire Inspections: 570-6500
   Building Permits: 384-3802    Zoning Permits: 384-3830
   Child Abuse Hotline: 334-0808
  or 334-6800 (abuse or licensing)
   Idaho Stars: 211 or 1-800-926-2588
   Library Youth Services: 384-4200       Idaho State Licensing: 334-6800