Planning and Development Services
The Office of Planning & Development Services is responsible for ensuring that land development and construction in Bannock County are done in accordance with County ordinances and in a safe and orderly manner.
We hope that you find the information you are looking for on our website. If you need more information, please contact our office. (208) 236-7230 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bannock County Ordinances
Building Code Ordinance (Effective January 1, 2021)
Building Code Ordinance (Effective through January 1, 2018)
Sediment and Erosion Control Ordinance
Flood Zone Ordinance
Solid Waste Ordinance
Illicit Discharge and Stormwater Sewer Connection Ordinance
Additional Bannock County ordinances can be found on Municode (a third-party website).
Bannock County Design Criteria
- 2018 International Building Code
- 2018 International Residential Code
- 2018 International Existing Building Code
- 2018 International Energy Conservation Code
- 2018 International Solar Energy Provisions
- 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
- 2018 International Wildland-Urban Interface Code
|SEISMIC DESIGN CATEGORY||Do|
|WIND||90 mph – 3 second gust / 115 mph – ultimate|
|FROST DEPTH||36 inches|
|SNOW ROOF LOADS||Dependent on Elevation (below)|
|Elevation||Roof Live Load||Ground Snow Load|
|Below 4600 feet||35 PSF||44 PSF|
|4600-4999 feet||40 PSF||50 PSF|
|5000-5399 feet||50 PSF||63 PSF|
|5400-5799 feet||60 PSF||75 PSF|
|5800-5999 feet||70 PSF||88 PSF|
|6000-6399 feet||80 PSF||100 PSF|
|6400-6799 feet||90 PSF||113 PSF|
|Above 6800||100 PSF||125 PSF|
Building Permit Reports
Please call 208-236-7230 to request an inspection. A permit must be issued and active before an inspection can be requested. Due to time constraints, a 24 hour notice is required to be scheduled. Requests made after hours will be processed the following business day. Inspections are available during normal business hours, Monday-Friday between 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, exceptions may apply by appointment only. The office is closed during all federal holidays. Please note we no longer accept requests for specific inspection times; please consider this change when scheduling future inspections.
In order to obtain a building permit, a complete building permit application must be filled out and submitted to our office with supporting documents. The permit goes through multiple reviews to ensure the property and structure meet the minimum requirements set out in the Planning Ordinance and Building Ordinance. Once the reviews are complete the permit will be emailed to the applicant and if needed, an address plaque will be made and issued.The complete process from the time we receive the complete application and supporting documents can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks depending on the current workload. Workloads tend to be heavier during the summer and fall seasons due to an increase in construction activity so please plan for this time that may delay construction.
Thermal Envelope Requirements
Building Permit Exemptions
Other Exempt Structures:
- Flag poles
- Fences 7 feet high or less
- Retaining walls 4 feet or less (measured from bottom of footing to top of wall)
- Playground equipment
- Detached decks under 200 square feet and less than 30 inches above grade
- Swimming pools under 5000 gallons and less than 48 inches deep
Always needs a building permit:
- Habitable space (space for eating, drinking, sleeping)
- Communication tower
- Photovoltaic System
Wells & Water Rights – Idaho Water Resources. (208) 525-7161
Septic Permits – Southeastern Idaho Public Health, Ken Keller. (208) 239-5276
Plumbing, Electrical, & HVAC Permits – Idaho Division of Building Safety.
Licensing, Permits, & Inspection Support – (800) 955-3044
Inspection Requests – (800) 839-9239
Arimo, Derald Armstrong (208) 254-9214
Downey, Chris Sorensen (208) 705-8592 or (208) 897-5083
Jackson Creek, Johnny Ketner (208) 220-2749
Lava Rural, Kirk Valentine (208) 251-8959
North Bannock, Chief Brood (208) 317-3022
Land not within Fire District, Merlin Miller (208) 237-3212
McCammon, Richard Pierson (208) 251-2683
Pocatello Valley, Kevin Spencer (208) 232-8215 or Karen Aguilar (208) 775-3581
For the Bannock County General Viewer and Surveyor Reference map, please visit the Bannock County GIS website.
Idaho Flood Hazard Map (Links to Idaho Dept. of Water Resources website)
National Flood Hazard Layer Map (Links to a map maintained by FEMA)
Bannock County Zoning Map (officially adopted, but does not include recent annexations or rezones)
Bannock County Future Land Use Plan (unofficial–see note on map)
Bannock County Code Enforcement department is here to help evaluate concerns about compliance with County ordinances and State law. We will investigate all non-compliant issues and work with the property owner to come to a reasonable solution. Select the Code Enforcement tab above for more information and to file a complaint.
Code Enforcement Ordinances & Laws
Please click on the links below to view or download ordinances and laws.
- Bannock County Construction Site Sediment & Erosion Control Ordinance (PDF)
- Bannock County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance (PDF)
- Bannock County Illicit Discharge & Storm Water Sewer Connection Ordinance (PDF)
- Bannock County Solid Waste Ordinance(PDF)
- Bannock County Zoning Ordinance (PDF)
- I.D.A.P.A. Code 58.01.01 Section 603. GENERAL RESTRICTIONS
- Idaho Code: 18-3906. Placing Debris on Highways
- Idaho Code: 18-3907. Obstruction of Highways
- Idaho Code: 18-3908. Flooding Highways
- Idaho Code: 22-24 – Noxious Weed Law
- Idaho Code: 31-4410. Disposal of Waste at Place Other than Waste Disposal System — Misdemeanor — Civil damages — Venue of action
- Idaho Code: 39-6502. Waste Tire Storage Sites
- Idaho Code: 39-6503. Waste Tire Disposal
- Idaho Code: 39-6505. Waste Tire Disposal – Prohibited Acts
We are located in the Bannock County Planning & Development Complex located at 5500 S. 5th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83204.
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 6:00 am – 4:30 pm
Planning and Development Council
The Planning & Zoning Council members are volunteers that are appointed by the County Commissioners. Per Bannock County Ordinance, Council members shall have resided in the County for at least four years prior to their appointment and must remain a resident of the County during their term. Not more than one-third (1/3) of the members of the Council may reside within an incorporated city of one thousand five hundred (1,500) or more and at least one-half (1/2) of the members of the Council shall reside outside the boundaries of any city’s area of impact.
The Council conducts two types of hearings, “Legislative”, matters of general concern that affect the entire County and/or “Quasi-Judicial” which they make a decision on requests that are specific to a parcel of land. On “Quasi-Judicial” matters, there shall be no contact or discussion with the public with any of the Council Members pertaining to specific land use requests that are scheduled or may be in conceptual planning.
Wade Egan | Chair
Chuck Heisler | Vice Chair
Meetings and Agendas:
November 17, 2021
*To appeal a decision made by the Planning and Development Council, please click here and fill out an appeal application online.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a permit for my building/structure?
Do I need a permit for excavating and/or grading?
How long does it take to issue a permit?
How is my property zoned?
I want to run a business from my home. Can I do that?
Is this lot "buildable?"
What can I build on my property?
Can I subdivide my property and build on it?
I want to; swap property / deed property /adjust a lot line
How do I get an address assigned to my property?
Can you tell me where my property lines are?
Is my property in a floodplain?
Helpful Information and Links
Bannock County Courthouse
624 East Center
Pocatello, Idaho 83201