Planning and Zoning

Patti Nitz, Administrator
Address: 1130 3rd Ave. N., Room 107 
Payette, ID  83661
Phone: (208) 642-6018
Fax: (208) 642-6011

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Office Hours:
Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm (Excluding Holidays)

It is the duty of the Planning and Zoning Administrator and Staff to apply and enforce the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance adopted by the Board of County Commissioners, as authorized by Idaho Code §67-6511 and Idaho Code §67-6513. These ordinances apply to the unincorporated areas of Payette County and set standards for development as growth occurs. The Zoning Ordinance is designed to encourage and facilitate orderly growth and development while protecting property rights, encouraging the protection of prime agricultural and mining lands, avoiding overcrowding of land, and focusing urban-type development within the incorporated cities. The Subdivision Ordinance is designed to provide harmonious development with coordination of streets and roads and avoid scattered subdivisions of land that would adversely affect water supply, sewer service, drainage, and transportation.

The Administrator and Staff work closely with the twelve-member Planning and Zoning Commission appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Decisions made by the Planning and Zoning Commission are guided by the Local Land Use Planning Act, Idaho Code Title 67 Chapter 65, and Payette County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.

Planning and Zoning Staff provides assistance to the Building Department, verifying building rights and issuing building permits as approved by the Building Official and the Planning and Zoning Administrator.

Additionally, the Department is responsible for administration of the Flood Control Ordinance as adopted by the Board of County Commissioners and authorized by Idaho Code §46-1020 through §46-1024. The Flood Control Ordinance follows standards set by Federal Emergency Management Agency, designed to minimize damage and safety hazards caused by flood events.


The Payette County Comprehensive Plan and Map were approved May 8, 2006
Comprehensive Plan  May 8, 2006


Public Hearing Applications are available through the Planning and Zoning Office 

Appeals, Conditional Use Permits (CUP), Variances

CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation)

Comprehensive Plan Amendment

Transfer of development Right (TDR) 

Rezone, Preliminary Plat Request

(Remember that a Pre-Application meeting is required prior to the acceptance of all Rezones and/or Preliminary Plat Applications. Please make an appointment.)



Payette County last adopted a Comprehensive Plan in 2006 and, with a few modifications over the years, it has served the County well. However, a lot has changed in the past 14 years and we’d like you to join us in a new planning process.

What is a Comprehensive Plan?

Think of a comprehensive plan as a 10 – 20-year roadmap for the future of our County. While the focus of a comprehensive plan is to guide planning and zoning decisions, the scope of the plan is much broader, encompassing many issues that impact county residents including public services, natural resources, recreation and transportation, among others. A plan is prepared with the involvement of county residents, community groups and other public agencies, and must reflect their issues and concerns. The best Comprehensive Plan will address topics that extend beyond the planning and zoning functions and address areas of concern to the County government and all County residents and visitors.

Idaho Counties must prepare and maintain a current comprehensive plan in accordance with Idaho Code Section 67-6508. The plan must consider “previous and existing conditions, trends, desirable goals and objectives, or desirable future situations” within numerous planning components (such as, land use, natural resources, recreation, hazardous areas etc.).


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