Building Department

Building codes and permits, building inspections



Department Head: Don Horton

Courthouse Location:

201 Industrial Ave.
Council, ID 83612

Mail To: 

Adams County Courthouse
PO Box 47
Council, ID 83612

Phone: (208) 253-6125
Cell Phone: (208) 741-9033
Fax: (208) 253-6127
Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday – Friday (after hours, please use Cell Phone as contact)



The Department Secretary can be reached at the office, except during the lunch hour. She is available to assist with general questions.

Plans may be dropped off at the office, information picked up, and messages left with her.

  • Code enforced to 2003 IBC requirements
  • Frost depth: 28 inches
  • Seismic Zone: D
  • Wind exposer – C 85 miles per hour
  • Design loads for Adams County:
    Snow loads – Council, Salmon River, Indian Valley areas: 80 lbs per sq ft (live), New Meadows area: 100 lbs., Rock Flat, Bear: 120
    Wind load – 85 miles per hour
  • Set back required by County:
    10 ft off property line
    25 ft off of County road (unless in a subdivision)



(formerly known as the Civil Defense Department)

Adams County Emergency Management is the local government agency responsible for disaster preparedness and the coordination of response to emergencies and disasters. It is operated with the cooperation and supervision of the Adams County Board of Commissioners and works closely with local volunteer organizations and law enforcement, as well as state and federal emergency response agencies.

Chester DeGroat is the official Emergency Management Coordinator for Adams County. He can be reached at 208-253-4146.

Resource Links:
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Idaho Bureau of Disaster Services
American Red Cross
Homeland Security’s Website