Development Services

Commissioners

Setting the Trend for Future Development of Canyon County

The Development Services Department is dedicated to providing quality, efficient, and equitable service to the people of Canyon County by planning for orderly growth and development through consistent administration and enforcement of County ordinances.

What is Idaho?

In 1984 Tim Woodward, a columnist for the Idaho Statesman, asked the question “What is Idaho?”. He went on to describe everything from mountains to fishing; farm country with irrigated valleys to heart-stopping emptiness and old men lamenting the demise of their favorite fishing spot. The description included Sun Valley with its exclusive shops and grand memories of some of the celebrities that had visited there to elk grazing on hillsides to the thousands of little towns with odd little names like Eden and Hope; Pearl and Gem, Harvard and Princeton, Elk Creek and Grimes Pass. Idaho had it’s Potato King, a Supermarket King and Timber King with anything from million dollar mansions to migrant-labor camps. A natural paradise and cultural wasteland with the truth somewhere in the middle. “When you’re tired of Idaho, you’re tired of life”.

Canyon County is a part of the colorful history of Idaho and it is believed its name originated from the Snake River Canyon which forms a natural boundary. The famous Oregon Trail which brought settlers through by the thousands, meandered through the county headed for Oregon and points beyond. There is a rich agricultural history in Canyon County and much of the land is still used to grow a variety of crops, including corn, sugar beets, hops, wine and table grapes, vegetables and alfalfa. There is a large presence of dairies and feed lots. The county is host to many historical events, one being the visit of Dr. Horatio Jackson who in 1903 drove the first automobile through Canyon County headed for New York. Celebration Park, located along the Snake River is a wealth of archaeological information and was a wintering ground for Paiute Indians and boasts Indian art dating to 12,000 years ago. Canyon County is centrally located in Southwestern Idaho, so with it’s mild climate it is easy to reach many recreational areas. Some of the most popular activities include skiing, snow boarding, hiking, bicycle riding, boating and riding snow mobiles. One of the largest rodeos in the circuit is the Snake River Stampede, held every July here in Canyon County. One of the most popular rodeos in the country held in August every year is the Caldwell Night Rodeo.

Canyon County is home to Northwest Nazarene University, College of Idaho and the College of Western Idaho. Boise State University, home of the championship Bronco football team is located about 25 miles away in Boise, the state’s capital. The area is home to nearly 300,000 skilled workers, including 120,000 degreed workers. There is a collaboration of effort between the county leaders and economic development. Land and office space is available and affordable and low cost natural resources and utilities make the overall cost of doing business almost a third lower than California or Washington. Located approximately 400 miles from the seaport terminal of Portland, OR and 350 miles northwest of Salt Lake City, UT, Canyon County is prime for transportation. The Idaho Northern & Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad provide freight service in and out of Canyon County; the Boise Airport serves more than 3 million people a year with non-stop service to more than 18 communities. Idaho is among the 10 fastest growing states in the nation and Forbes Magazine has consistently ranked this area in the top 10 places for business and careers.

2020 Comprehensive Planpdf Current Zoning Ordinance external Legal Notice of Public Hearings
Addressing Ordinance pdf Fee Schedule pdf Future Land Use Map pdf
Building Reference Guide pdf Zoning Map pdf

 

 

Other Useful Links (external  external)
City of Caldwell www.cityofcaldwell.com
City of Greenleaf www.greenleaf-idaho.us
City of Marsing marsingcity.com
City of Melba cityofmelba.org
City of Middletom www.middleton.id.gov
City of Nampa www.cityofnampa.us
City of Notus notusidaho.org
City of Parma parmacity.net
Department of Agriculture www.agri.state.id.us/index.php
Southwest District Health www.southwestdistricthealth.org

 

In Idaho, “Agritourism activity” means any activity carried out on a farm or ranch that allows members of the general public, for recreational, entertainment or educational purposes, to view or enjoy rural activities.  This includes but is not limited to, farming, ranching, historic, cultural, on-site educational programs, recreational farming programs that may include on-site hospitality services, guided and self guided tours, bed and breakfast accommodations, petting zoos, farm festivals, corn mazes, harvest-your-own operations, hayrides, barn parties, horseback riding, fee fishing and camping. An activity is an agritourism activity whether or not the participant paid to participate in the activity.  (Idaho Code § 6-3003)

Agritourism does not include commercial amusement and entertainment uses, such as dance halls, electronic game arcades, studios, theatrical productions, musical entertainment, bowling alleys, billiard and pool establishments; commercial sports such as arena, rings, racetracks public golf courses, miniature golf courses, amusement parks, membership sports and recreation clubs, game parlors, gun clubs, circus and carnival operations, water parks, amusement parks, fairgrounds, expositions, amphitheater or theater entertainment facilities for the performance of concerts or other entertainment events.
Key Topics of Interest:

  • The future of Agriculture at the Urban-Rural Interface
  • Agricultural Tourism, How it Can Help Keep Small Farms in Business
  • Why Agritourism?
  • Benefits of Agritourism
  • Agritourism Law in Idaho – Regulatory Compliance
    CLICK HERE TO READ AGRITOURISM FAQ’s >

 

The Idaho Agritourism Promotion Act pdf
was passed into law in April 2013
and went into effect July 1, 2013.

Important Notice:

FEMA OPEN HOUSE NOTICE AND SCHEDULE  pdf

Click here to review the Preliminary Floodplain maps for Canyon County.  To view your property, enter your address in the search box at the top right of the map page.  On the top left click on “basemap” and then Imagery with Labels to enhance the view.

For assistance with Floodplain questions or concerns:
email dsdinfo@canyonco.org.

General Flood Information and Forms:

The legislature of the state of Idaho in Idaho Code 46-1020 through 46-1024, authorized local government units to adopt a floodplain map and floodplain management ordinance that identifies floodplains and that sets forth minimum development requirements in floodplains that are designed to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of its citizenry (CCZO § 07-10-29).

The flood hazard areas of Canyon County are subject to periodic inundation that results in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures for flood relief and protection, and impairment of the tax base, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety and general welfare.

It is the purpose of Development Services to support floodplain development codes and ordinances while promoting public health, safety and general welfare to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in specific areas.

Additional information about the Flood Hazard Overlay codesexternal and ordinances can be found on our website (Chapter 7  Article 10 Zones § 07-10-29 F); or feel free to contact our office with questions at (208) 454-7458.

Elevation Certificate and Development Permit Application ~ Please meet with the Development Services Floodplain Administrator for information on this process.

Elevation Certificate pdf

 

 

Fee Schedule pdf for Public Hearings and Administrative Decisions as of March 11, 2011.

Building Permit Fee Schedule pdf as of February 2011

Purpose of Zoning
Zoning regulates the use of real property by local government, restricts a particular territory to residential, commercial, industrial or other uses.  The local governing body (Planning & Zoning Commission and/or the Board of County Commissioners) consider the character of the property as well as its fitness for particular uses according to the reference in the zoning ordinance and state statutes.  The hearing body must enact the regulations in accordance with a well-considered and comprehensive plan intended to avoid arbitrary exercise of government power.  A comprehensive plan is a general design to control the use of properties in the entire county, or at least in a large portion of it. Zoning helps planners bring about orderly growth and change.  It controls population density and helps create attractive, healthful residential areas.  Additionally, Zoning helps assure property owners and residents that the characteristics of nearby areas will remain stable.  To review the complete set of codified county codes and ordinances (Chapter 7 contains the Zoning Ordinance information), please visit this website: http://www.sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=820 external

Zoning Ordinances do not contradict Building Codes, which govern the safety and structure of buildings, but exist side by side with them. Zoning stabilizes the use of property, and building codes ensure the safety and structure of buildings.  Zoning is intended to have a relative permanency, whereas building codes are much more flexible because they must keep abreast of new materials and other technological advances.

Comprehensive Plan

The Comprehensive Plan is intended to provide the basic data and analysis required in the “minimum planning standards” on how the county (outside city limits) should develop over the next ten years.  The Comprehensive Plan serves as the county’s planning tool or blueprint for the county’s future.  The Zoning Ordinance is the formal codification of land use policies, while the Comprehensive Plan is a guide that establishes goals and policies to help the county grow and develop.  The Plan includes a forecast of conditions that are anticipated to occur within the next ten (10) year period and addresses and includes all 14 comprehensive planning components of the “Idaho Local Planning Act of 1975” as supplemented and amended.

2020 Comprehensive Plan pdf

Administrative Staff
The administrative staff of the Development Services Department operates as a team to administer the zoning, subdivision, building, and public nuisance ordinances. Established processes and standardized forms are used to process applications, issue permits, schedule and conduct public hearings and enforce ordinances. Procedures are constantly evaluated in an attempt to update our processes, forms and the ordinances for ease of use and easy to follow processes. We welcome your feedback.
Name Position E-Mail Address Phone Number
Patricia Nilsson, AICP
Director
208-454-6634
Dave Curl
Building Official
208-454-7458
Diana Dyas
Lead Administrative Specialist
208-455-5964
Kathleen Frost
Sr. Administrative Specialist
208-455-5961
Tony Almeida
GIS Analyst/Mapping
208-454-6624
Hard HatBuilding Division
Building codes are collections of regulations which pertain to specific subjects such as designing, constructing or remodeling of buildings. The use of codes helps keep construction costs down and provide uniformity in the construction industry. The maintenance of property values over time are a direct result of the application and enforcement of the codes related to building. HVAC permits and inspections are also handled by the Building Division.  All codes have the same purpose; to protect the health, safety and welfare of the building occupants.
Name Position E-Mail Address Phone Number
Bob Ferrin Mechanical HVAC Inspector
208-454-7458
Chuck Pavelka Building Inspector cpavelka@canyonco.org 208-454-7458
Dave Curl
Building Official
208-454-6607
Eddie Alvarez
Plans Examiner
208-454-7458
Jacob Crossley
Mechanical HVAC Inspector
208-454-7458
Janet LaMont Permit Technician jlamont@canyonco.org 208-455-5960
Joe Walker
Building Inspector
208-454-7458
Adrienne Bennett Permit Techinician abennett@canyonco.org 208-454-6627
Stephanie Hailey
Permit Technician
208-454-7254
Andy Eells Building Inspector aeells@canyonco.org 208-454-7458
Inspection Request Line
Line is open 7am – 3:30 pm
Do Not Contact Inspectors
208-454-7460
Picture of Current PlanningPlanning and Zoning
We plan our day, our children’s future and our vacations. It makes sense to plan the future of our communities to ensure that the decisions we make today will result in a viable and healthy future. Planning is influenced by physical, economic, and social forces. Planners use tools such as zoning, economic, and demographic analysis, natural and cultural resource evaluation, goal setting and strategic planning. Planning is key to implementing the wishes, hopes, and aspirations of citizens all across the spectrum.
Name Position E-Mail Address Phone
Deb Root
Planner
208-454-7340
Jennifer Almeida
Planner
208-455-5957
Dan Lister Planner dlister@canyonco.org 208-455-5959
Kyle McCormick Planner kmccormick@canyonco.org 208-455-5958
Tony Almeida
GIS/Mapping
208-454-6624
Code Enforcement ImageCode Enforcement
Substantiated violations are enforced with the limitations of the Canyon County Zoning Ordinance, Building Code Ordinance and the Public Nuisance Ordinance.  It is the goal of Canyon County Development Services to work with the public in reaching an amicable agreement to resolve issues, keeping the public’s health, safety and welfare in the forefront of any action.
Name Position E-Mail Address Phone Number
Rick Hippach
Code Enforcement Officer
rhippach@canyonco.org
208-454-6606

 

For traffic and animal control issues, contact the Sheriff’s Dispatch Non-Emergency Number:    208-454-7531

Cities
Agency Website or contact information Phone
City of Caldwell www.cityofcaldwell.com 208-455-3000
City of Greenleaf www.greenleaf-idaho.us 208-454-0552
City of Marsing marsingcity.com 208-896-4122
City of Middleton www.middleton.id.gov 208-585-3133
City of Nampa www.cityofnampa.us 208-468-4413
City of Notus notusidaho.org 208-459-6212
City of Parma parmacity.net 208-722-5138
City of Wilder cityofwilder.org 208-482-6204
Highway Districts
Agency Website or contact information Phone
Nampa Highway District No.1 www.nampahighway1.com 208-467-6576
Notus Parma Highway District No.2 www.nphd.net 208-722-5343
Golden Gate Highway District No.3 www.gghd3.org 208-482-6267
Canyon Highway district No.4 www.canyonhd4.org 208-454-8135
Ada County Highway District (ACHD) www.achdidaho.org 208-387-6100
Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) www.itd.idaho.gov 208-334-8000
Community
Agency Website or contact information Phone
Community Planning Association compassidaho.org 208-855-2558
Counties
Agency Website or contact information Phone
Ada County www.adaweb.net 208-287-7080
Boise County www.boisecounty.us 208-392-4431
Owyhee County www.owyheecounty.net 208-495-2421
Public Health
Agency Website or contact information Phone
Southwest District Health
208-455-5400
Fire Districts
Agency Website or contact information Phone
Caldwell Fire District
208-455-032
Homedale Fire District http://www.cityofhomedale.com 208-337-3271
Kuna Rural Fire District kunafire.com 208-922-1144
Marsing Fire District firedepartment.net/directory/idaho 208-896-4444
Melba Fire District melbafire@gmail.com 208-495-2351
Middleton Fire District
208-585-6650
Nampa Fire District 298-468-5770
Star Joint Fire District staridaho.org/government/firedept.php 208-286-7772
Upper Deer Flat Fire District 208-466-0670
Wilder Fire District 208-482-7563

Address

111 N. 11th Ave ROOM 140
Caldwell, ID 83605

Phone / Fax

P 208-454-7458
F 208-454-6633

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Hours

Weekdays 8am – 5pm
(excluding holidays)
*Accept Applications 8am-4pm