Planning

Attention Community Development Customers:

May 4, 2020 - In accordance with Governor Little’s statewide guidelines for opening up Idaho, Community Development will be open to the public on a limited basis and by appointment only. For those that we cannot accommodate by appointment, we will continue to conduct work by email and telephone. (Most services remain available through telephone or email communications.) We will also continue to accept and perform inspections that are scheduled either by phone or through this website. Site disturbance and building permit applications must be submitted electronically through the ETRAKIT system; a link is available here. Payments can be made over the phone or by mail. Requested building site inspections are being performed as usual. If you have any questions, please email kcbp@kcgov.us or call (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.

Land Use & Development Code Available

A copy of the Kootenai County Land Use and Development Code  may be found here.

The Draft Development Code Amendment to provide for re-entry facilities may be downloaded here .

Permitting

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