Photograph of the Adams County Building Inspector, Randy Nichols.

Building Department

Randy Nichols
8AM - 5PM Monday – Friday
(208) 253-6125
Cell Phone
(208) 566-2700
(208) 253-6127
Mailing Address
PO Box 48 Council, ID 83612
Physical Address
201 Industrial Ave. Council, ID 83612


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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 2018 IBC and IRC requirements
  • The building department requires new residence and commercial plans to be engineer stamped
  • Frost depth: 28 inches
  • Seismic Zone: D
  • Wind exposure – C 85 miles per hour
  • Design loads for Adams County:

               Wind load – 85 miles per hour
               Snow loads:
                    Council, Salmon River, Indian Valley areas: 80 lbs per sq ft (live)
                    New Meadows area: 100 lbs.
                    Rock Flat, Bear: 120

  • Set back required by County:
        20 ft off property line
        10 ft between buildings
        80 ft from the center line of a right-of-way (unless in a subdivision)

201 Industrial Ave. Council, Idaho 83612
(208) 253-4561
(208) 253-4227
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