Smart development protects our quality of life
Photo: Lara Agnew
Photo: Lara Agnew
Planning & Building
The Planning & Building Department reviews land use applications; issues building permits; provides information related to zoning, mapping, and subdivision regulations; prepares and reviews long-range plans; and maintains a Comprehensive Plan in addition to the Land Development Code.
Find detailed information on
Building Permit & Regulations Information Page
Land Use & Zoning Application Information Page
The Comprehensive Plan is a guiding document that reflects the voices of the community and provides direction on growth and land use development that support a healthy and thriving City. The Comprehensive Plan was most recently updated and adopted in November 2020, after extensive community outreach and input. The Comprehensive Plan is consulted when reviewing all planning and zoning applications. The Plan also provides guidance for City-initiated projects and priorities in many other realms of city business.
Land Development Code
The Land Development Code (LDC) is the City's zoning, subdivision, and development Code. The LDC outlines everything from building site requirements (including setbacks and building heights), and details for each zoning district (including allowed uses), to development standards for larger developments, and the processes for approval of all of the various planning and zoning applications. Appendix A: Design Review Standards & Guidelines applies to projects within the Design Review Overlay.
Please refer to the GIS zoning map, hosted by Teton County to check parcel zoning and overlays. Please contact staff to confirm zoning and/or to address any questions.
Area of City Impact (AOCI)
The Area of City Impact, or AOCI, is an area outside of Driggs City Limits, in which the City and Teton County have agreed to enter into a joint process to plan and review development. To see if a property is within City Limits, in the Area of City Impact, or in unincorporated County, please use the interactive GIS Parcel Map Portal , hosted by Teton County.
The Area of City Impact is subject to the Area of City Impact Agreement, entered into by both the City of Driggs and Teton County Idaho. The Area of City Impact has its own zoning code , subdivision and development standards, and application processes. However, the City and County have entered into renewed negotiations in order to update the Area of City Impact and its regulations. Please visit the AOCI Update Page for additional information.
Dark Sky Ordinance
Why Outdoor Lighting Matters:
Skyglow is the artificial brightness of the night sky that’s caused by light pollution. Lights that are overly bright, unshielded, or left on overnight are scattered by dust and gas molecules in the atmosphere, producing a luminous background. Light pollution not only obscures the natural beauty of the stars but also harms human health and wildlife.
Ordinance Compliance takes effect March 19, 2023
The City of Driggs Outdoor Lighting Ordinance (article 11.4 of the Land Development Code ) became effective March 19, 2013. So what does that mean for the residents of Driggs? Some requirements of the ordinance became applicable immediately, but other requirements will be phased in prior to the compliance date of March 19, 2023.
The Zoning Code for Outdoor Lighting plus more information regarding the implementation of this new zoning standard is available on the Dark Sky Ordinance: Protecting the Night Sky page.
Department Contact Information
- For questions regarding Building and Building Permits, contact Evan Grott and visit the Building Page .
- For questions regarding planning and zoning applications, such as subdivisions, annexations, zone changes, and Design Review, contact Justin Mehlhaff.
- For questions regarding the Land Development Code, the Comprehensive Plan, and/or Long Range Planning, contact Leanne Bernstein.