Elmore County Code Enforcement

Help Us Keep Elmore County Beautiful!


 “Enhance neighborhoods by making them a better place to live, work and play and protect the health, safety and general welfare of citizens through efficient and effective code enforcement.”

The Code Enforcement Staff is responsible for enforcing many County ordinances related, but not limited to; Zoning Violations, Unsafe Structures, Structures Without Permits, Signs, Litter, Refuse, Illegal Dumping, Overgrown Vegetation, Abandoned/Junk Vehicles, and Discarded Appliances and Furniture.  It is strongly encourage you to contact the office for any questions or concerns you may have. For further detailed explanation of the Elmore County Ordinances, please contact the department.

Complaint Procedures

The Code Enforcement Officer will only investigate complaints received on complete Complaint Form. Such complaint will state fully the causes and basis thereof. The Code Enforcement Officer will maintain a complaint file of all received complaints and maintain a status log of all unresolved complaints for use by Department personnel, the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Board of County Commissioners. The Status Log is not for dissemination to the public.

The Code Enforcement Officer will visit the location, take photographs, and provide a report of his findings, including any Building Code violation input.  The Enforcement Officer will review County Ordinances, Codes, and Regulations for substantiated or verifiable violations.  Questions will be directed to the Department Director, Elmore County Sherriff and/or the Prosecuting Attorney for guidance.

If there is a substantiated or verifiable violation, the Enforcement Officer will contact the property owner in writing to notify them of the violation, suggest corrective action, requirements, and time limits for compliance.


The type of response from the violator will dictate the source of additional guidance requested, either from the Prosecuting Attorney, the Board of County Commissioners, or the Planning & Zoning Commission.

If the violator does not respond, or is unable or unwilling to comply with the Code Enforcement Officers’ guidance, the offense case will be referred to the Prosecuting Attorney, the Board of County Commissioners, or the Planning & Zoning Commission, as appropriate.  The Complaint Officer will update the complainant of the status of the case, and will notify the complainant that further action by the County may require 90 days or more.

Closing Contact

Upon final resolution of the complaint the Code Enforcement Officer will again notify the complainant as to the status.

Code Violations

DEFINITIONS: Title 8 Chapter 4 section 8-4-2:

ABATABLE NUISANCES: Enumerated nuisance conditions that may be abated by the city in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, specifically including, without limitation, the following nuisance conditions:

  1. Nuisance materials leaked, drained, seeped, dripped, sprayed, or dumped          onto the ground on private property;
  2. Nuisance weeds;
  3. Graffiti; or
  4. Snow or ice on a public sidewalk abutting or adjoining any privately-owned    premises.
  5. Personal property on any portion of a public property or property in the County, except as specifically allowed by law or by written permit issued by the county or other governing authority.

GENERAL NUISANCES: Nuisance conditions that may lead to criminal charges without any prior attempt by the county to obtain abatement thereof, specifically including, without limitation, nuisance materials leaked, drained, seeped, dripped, sprayed, or dumped onto the ground on public property, or any other nuisance condition not enumerated in the definition of “abatable nuisances”.

GRAFFITI: Any inscription, work, figure, symbol, drawing, mark, or design that is marked, etched, scratched, drawn, or painted on any real or personal property or improvement, including, but not limited to, walls, fences, gates, pavement, buildings, rocks, trees, bridges, streets, sidewalks, and/or signs, whether such property is public, private, temporary, or permanent, without the consent of the owner of such property or the owner’s authorized agent, and which inscription, work, figure, symbol, drawing, mark, or design is visible from any publicly accessible location.

JUNK ABANDONED/VEHICLE: Any vehicle, or parts thereof, which:

  1. Cannot be safely operated under its own power;
  2. Is missing any one of the following: foot brakes, hand brakes, headlights, taillights, horn, muffler, rearview mirrors, windshield wipers, or adequate fenders;
  3. Has been declared salvage, or has been physically damaged to the extent that   the cost of parts and labor minus the salvage value would make it uneconomical to repair or rebuild such vehicle; or
  4. Is otherwise in a wrecked, partially dismantled, inoperative, or dilapidated condition.

NUISANCE: Anything which unreasonably injures or offends the health or senses; obstructs the free passage, comfortable enjoyment, or customary use of public or private property; or creates an actual or potential safety, health, or fire hazard. To included but not limited to: swimming pool, spa, or other body of water that is not secured with a fence.

NUISANCE MATERIALS: Hazardous, noxious, dangerous, or offensive materials, including, but not limited to, oil, gasoline, fuel, antifreeze, paint, pesticides, or herbicides.

WEEDS: Undesirable plant growth, whether living or dead, that is unkempt, unsightly, fifty (50%) percent or more of the lot, twelve (12”) inches or more in height, possible fire hazard, deleterious and/or injurious to the public. This definition shall not include cultivated grasses and pastures, though such vegetation may be declared a nuisance where otherwise appropriate.

Code Enforcement Officer: James Roddin

Office: 208.587.2142 ext. 1290
Fax: 208.587.2120
Address: 520 East 2nd South, Mountain Home, Idaho 83647 
Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday
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