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Kootenai County Passes Emergency Ordinance to Expedite Building Permits
On November 20, 2015, the Board of
County Commissioners approved Emergency Ordinance 487 that allows Kootenai County Community Development to significantly streamline the
building permit process to repair damage that has occurred as a result of the November 17, wind storm. This announcement covers only
properties located in the unincorporated areas of Kootenai County.
During usual circumstances, structural repairs require the review
and approval of construction drawings. For the 182 days of this emergency ordinance, most like-for-like replacement of damaged structural
components will be permitted through authorization of an over-the-counter building permit. No construction drawings will be required for review.
Submittal of a completed "Minor Project Building Permit" application, payment of a $100 fee, and an accurate site plan of the parcel will be
required. Forms and information are available on the Kootenai County Community Development web page or from the office. The permit form web page is located here, and; the Community Development office is located at 451 Government Way in Coeur d'Alene.
In some cases in which there has been extensive damage, or if proposed work goes beyond immediate damage repair, the standard process will be necessary. The standard process includes the review and approval of construction drawings, as well as a referral to outside agencies.
The Kootenai County Commissioners recognize the seriousness and magnitude of the damage that has occurred. With this announcement of a streamlined permitting process for damage repair, they hope that families that have suffered damage can get their homes and lives
back to normal in a timely manner.
Questions can be directed to the Kootenai County Community Development office, 451 Government Way,
or by calling 208-446-1070.
The planning process, both current and long range, is an opportunity for a county to
prepare a set of strategies for the future. Planning and Zoning in Kootenai County was
non-existent before 1973. Prior to that year, anything built on a piece of property
followed no set of standards. Current planning and zoning regulations went into effect
in 1973, and the "Idaho Local Planning Act" was created. Now, changes, upgrades, and
variances must conform to this current code to determine whether structure is harmonious
with the proposed site's zoning.
Permits are required from the the Planning Division of the Community Development Department
prior to engaging in site disturbance
activities such as grading, excavating, and storm drainage or runoff control, if planned
within a subdivision. In addition, water quality issues are of concern. If a septic system
is involved, inquiries are directed to Panhandle Health at 8500 N. Atlas Road, Hayden, ID
83835 (415-5100). If a community water system is affected by the site disturbance, inquiries
are addressed to the Department of Environmental Quality at 2110 Ironwood Parkway, Coeur