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.

For Child Care Workers

The Office of the City Clerk licenses all child care workers operating within city limits. In order to gain and maintain a child care license in good standing, a provider must undergo a Central Registry and FBI background check, and complete annual approved training in child development and CPR.

Applications

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.

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 living in the home of an in-home daycare.

  • Applicants Responsibility
    Each state has their own laws and requirements, including fees for registry checks. It is now the applicant's responsibility to provide written documentation from all applicable states, including Idaho. Applicants must have the result of the Central Registry check prior to applying for their city license.

  • Idaho 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
Division of Family and Community Services
450 W State St
Boise ID 83702

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.


For Child Care Facilities

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.

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

 


Licensing Fees

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


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) 384-3802 Zoning Permits: (208) 384-3830
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