Attention Community Development Customers:

Community Development is taking necessary steps to comply with CDC recommendations in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 virus in our community. Effective immediately, building and zoning inquiries, pre-application and/or submittal meetings will be conducted via telephone and/or skype. Project Applications and supporting documentation can be submitted electronically via in accordance with the instructions, provided. Building permit applications can be submitted electronically via ETRAKIT. Payments can be made by United States Postal Service or contact 208-446-1040 for payment process. The Building Inspection scheduling process will not be effected, you can still request inspection via ETRAKIT. Thank you for your patience.

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.

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Land Use & Development Code Available

Please download a copy of the Kootenai County Land Use and Development Code (PDF).


Permits are required from 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. 

Water Quality

In addition, water quality issues are of concern. If a septic system is involved, inquiries are directed to:
Panhandle Health
8500 N Atlas Road
Hayden, ID 83835
Phone: 208-415-5100

If a community water system is affected by the site disturbance, inquiries are addressed to:
Department of Environmental Quality
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
Phone: 208-769-1422