Licensing for Child Care Facilities

Application Process

The Office of the City Clerk licenses all child care facilities operating within City limits. In order to gain and maintain a child care license in good standing, a facility must: 

Renewals: Boise City inspectors will provide information on renewing your facility license when they complete their annual inspection. 

STEP ONE (Before applying for a Child Care Facility License)

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. (See "Central Registry" below)

4. Complete the requirements listed for your type of child care facility:

  • 13+ CHILDREN
    • Child Care Facility Application
    • Planning and Zoning Conditional Use Permit. Call (208) 608-7100 for information.
    • Building Occupancy Permit. Call (208) 608-7070 for information. 

STEP TWO: Submit application at Boise City Hall

  • Submit a Child Care Facility Application at Boise City Hall and pay fee. (Application and processing usually takes 5-10 days)
  • Undergo a Background Check (Fingerprinting is done at City Hall when submitting the application). In-home facilities require anyone living in the home over the age of 13 to undergo a background check.

STEP THREE: After submitting application/Prior to issuing 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

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.

NEW! 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

What Is a Central Registry?
Each state has a centralized database of child abuse and neglect investigation records known as a Central Registry. While each state maintains their own Central Registry, the data within them is often used to aid social service agencies in the investigation, treatment and prevention of child abuse cases. In Idaho, the Child Protection Central Registry is mandated by the Child Protection Law and includes information on all persons who have been cited by Child Protection Services of Idaho for child abuse, abandonment or neglect. View Central Registry Master List



Resource Services

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