Planning

The Community Development Offices will be Closed to the Public for In-Person Service Effective September 1, 2021.

This decision protects the population we serve and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are still able to provide services remotely by telephone and computer.

We are also asking the public to first try to use our online services for permit and project application submittal before calling us at (208)446-1070.


Welcome to Kootenai County’s Planning Division

Community Development is dedicated to responsible land use planning in an effort to guide growth and prepare for a healthy future. 

Since 1973, the County has used zoning and land use regulations to ensure that development contributes to the well-being of residents, neighborhoods, and our shared community.

Growth management strategies are tools that can help ensure the great qualities of Kootenai County are not lost to unplanned sprawl.

Read the Report


GOOD NEIGHBORS GUIDE: Reducing conflict between homeowners, developers, farmers and forest owners

Good Neighbor The character of Kootenai County is changing as residential development moves closer and closer to established agricultural, timber and mixed ag-timber operations. With forethought, consideration and understanding of existing law, there need not be conflict between new residential owners and existing farmers or forest owners.

Read the Good Neighbor's Guide

CommunityDevelopmentKCEarth Opens in new window

Are you looking for the zoning designation of a parcel? The KC Web Map tool can give you access to zoning, addresses, ownership, and many other informational fields by following the below link:

KCEarth (Planning)


Keeping Kootenai Facebook Page:

The Keeping Kootenai Facebook page provides weekly to monthly updates on ongoing amendments and any other relevant land use news, such as recently approved zoning cases. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the meetings remotely.

Land Use & Development Code Available

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