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All personal property in Idaho is subject to assessment and taxation unless the law specifically exempts it.
The following list includes some of the major categories exempt from taxation:
There are other exemptions are allowed by law. Contact your local county assessor for more information.
The lien date is the date taxes are secured by the property being taxed. Nonpayment of taxes that are secured by property may result in the owner losing the property.The lien date for real property and most personal property is January 1. For personal property brought into Idaho after January 1, the lien date is the first day of the quarter in which the property was brought into Idaho.
All personal property is assessed by the county assessor of the county in which it is located.
If you have taxable personal property, you are required to report it to your county assessor. This is done by using a personal property declaration, a form available from the county assessor. The form has sections for listing personal property by make, manufacturer, serial number, year acquired, and cost.
You must return your personal property declaration to the county assessor by the date indicated on the declaration or, in any case, no later than March 15. A different deadline is given if your personal property is missed or your business starts after January 1.
The county assessor is required to assess property that is not declared. The assessment is estimated based on the best information available. Idaho law provides that county officials must double the assessed value of any personal property they discover was willfully concealed in order to avoid paying tax. The assessment is doubled for each year the property escaped assessment.County officials may sell personal property immediately after taxes become delinquent and pay off the tax lien from the proceeds of the sale.
Personal property is assessed at market value. This value includes shipping and installation costs. Several methods are used to arrive at the value. Depreciation tables, sales information, cost guides and other resources are used in this process.
Market value is the value that property would sell for in the open market. It is the amount of U.S. dollars or equivalent for which a property would probably exchange hands between a willing seller and an informed buyer.
The value of personal property is included on the assessment notice the county assessor must mail to you by the first Monday in June. When you get your notice, look at it carefully to make sure all the information is accurate.If you start a new business after January 1, the assessment notice for your personal property is usually mailed by the middle of November. The assessment notice for transient personal property is also mailed in November.
Contact your county assessor if you disagree with the assessed value. Your assessor maintains a file of information on your personal property. If you have any questions about your assessment, you should review this information with the assessor to ensure its accuracy.If you cannot resolve your disagreement with the assessor, you may appeal to the county board of equalization, which consists of your elected county commissioners. Your appeal must be filed with your county clerk by the fourth Monday in June. If you received your assessment notice in November, your appeal must be filed by the fourth Monday in November.Be prepared to document your reasons for requesting a change in your property’s assessed value. You will need to prove that the assessor’s value is not the current market value of the personal property.
The market value of your property is one factor in setting the amount of tax you pay. However, the assessor does not determine tax amounts. The amount of taxes is determined by the budgets of the taxing districts in which your property is located. There are many kinds of taxing districts in Idaho. Some, like cities and counties, provide a wide range of services. Other districts levy taxes for specific purposes like highways, schools, or fire protection.Each taxing district is administered by officials who determine how much money the district needs to provide services. After a district’s budget is set, the budget is divided by the total taxable value of all property within the taxing district to arrive at a tax rate. The tax rate is multiplied by the taxable value of your property, resulting in the amount of taxes you owe.Each property is located within several independent taxing districts. This means your property tax bill includes taxes for all the districts in which your property is located. This combination of taxing districts is known as a "tax code area." Each of these areas is assigned a number that appears on your assessment notice and tax bill. Within each tax code area, the total tax rate is the same for all classes of property.
You should usually receive your tax bill by the end of November. Contact your County Treasurer if you have questions about your tax bill.For December assessments, you should receive the bill in January of the following year.
Taxes are delinquent if not paid by the due date. Delinquent taxes accrue interest and penalty, which are also a lien against your property. At this point the county sheriff can seize and sell your property.
If you sell or close a business, you should notify the county assessor in writing as soon as possible. The assessor will explain how your assessment will be handled.
Idaho law requires that all taxable property be assessed at market value each year. To do this, the county assessor develops valuation guidelines based on the sales prices and some of the features of homes that have recently sold. Some of the features that often influence what a buyer would pay for your home and land include:
The county assessor uses this information to estimate how much a buyer might reasonably pay for your home if it were to sell on January 1 of the assessment year.
The value of your property may change each year depending on real estate market changes. An appraiser from the county assessor’s office is required to visit your property at least once in each five-year period. During the other four years, the county assessor will use information from property sales and/or from the inspections of other properties to estimate the current market value for your property.
The term "improvements," as used in property assessment, does not refer just to remodeling, renovating or upgrading. "Improvements" are buildings (your house, garage, manufactured home, etc.), paving, or other structures that add value to land, regardless of when they were completed.
Real property consists of land and the improvements that are attached to it. Personal property normally is not attached to the land; it is generally mobile and does not last as long as real property. A copy machine is an example of personal property.Personal property that is used by the owner in his private home is not subject to property tax. An example is household furnishings. If the same property is used in a business activity, whether in a private home or elsewhere, it is subject to personal property tax. Properly registered vehicles, including recreational vehicles, are not subject to property tax.For more information on personal property, please refer to the Idaho State Tax Commission.
The value for your property is shown on your assessment notice. The county assessor usually mails this notice to you by the first Monday in June. If you do not receive this notice, contact the county assessor.
The amount of tax is determined from the budget needs of the taxing districts. There are many kinds of taxing districts in Idaho. Some, like cities and counties, levy taxes to provide a wide range of services. Others levy taxes for specific purposes like highways, schools, or fire protections.Officials for each taxing district determine the annual budget needed to provide services for the district. The approved budget is divided by the total taxable value of all properties within the district.The result is the district’s tax rate. This rate, multiplied by the taxable value of your property, determines the amount of taxes you owe to that district. Every property is located within several independent taxing districts; that means your property tax bill includes taxes for all the districts. This means your property tax bill includes taxes for all the districts in which you live. This combination of taxing districts is known as a "tax code area."Each of these areas is assigned a number which appears on your assessment notice and tax bill. The total tax rate is generally the same for all properties within each tax code area. The taxable value of your property determines how much tax you pay in relation to other properties. Assessments must be accurate for all taxpayers to pay their fair share of the total property taxes.
Your county assessor maintains a file of information on your property. If you have any questions about your assessment, you should contact your county assessor to review the accuracy of the records. You may appeal the valuation to the Board of Equalization for the county in which the property is located. This board consists of the county commissioners. Most appeals must be filed with your county clerk by the fourth Monday in June. Properties assessed at other times of the year have different appeal dates.Property values maintained by your county assessor are public records. You may also ask to review the value of other properties in that county.
You should usually receive your tax bill by the end of November. Contact your County Treasurer if you have questions about your tax bill.
Tax rates may be affected by a variety of factors. Rates may increase due to a taxing district’s emergency needs or voter-approved bonds and override levies. Total tax rates may increase due to the creation of a new taxing district that includes your property.As an example, business has declined and slowed for local industry or agriculture, a county’s economy may suffer and affected property values may go down. However, your taxes may be higher since taxing districts still need to pay for basic services.
First of all, most taxing districts have limits on the tax rates they may charge. Second, districts other than schools are limited to annual increases of 3% plus an allowance for growth on a portion of their budgets. The growth allowance is determined on the basis of new construction and annexation that occurred during the previous year.
You may live in a different taxing district than your neighbor. There may be enough differences in size, quality, or condition of land and improvement that will result in value differences between the properties. Also, your neighbor may be eligible for some form of property tax reduction for which you either did not qualify or did not apply.
Yes. If you are a homeowner, you can apply for an exemption on the value of your owner-occupied primary residence, including a manufactured home. The exemption applies to fifty % (50%) of the value of the residence (including up to one acre of land) or $100,000, whichever is less. Taxes are computed on the nonexempt value. You may also receive the homeowner’s exemption on your home (not land) if you are paying occupancy taxes.
Applications are available from your county assessor’s office. When an application is approved, the exemption is continuous as long as you own and occupy the property. If the property is sold, the new owner must file a new application. There are no income or age restrictions, but you can qualify for an exemption on only one home at a time. You must own and occupy your home before April 15 of the current year and must apply for the exemption by April 15. You may also qualify for a property tax reduction (PTR-aka circuit breaker) if you meet the income requirements and fit one of the following categories:
Applications are available from your county assessor’s office and must be filed each year between January 1 and April 15. For more property tax information, please refer to the Idaho State Tax Commission.
If you buy a home that no one has ever lived in and move into it after January 1, you will be charged an occupancy tax. You will pay the occupancy tax on the new home instead of property taxes for the portion of the year you live there.
If you cannot afford to pay your taxes, you may apply to your county commissioners for a tax cancellation due to an undue hardship. The commissioners may, at their discretion, grant such cancellation for a specified time period. Taxes may also be cancelled if you have an event causing casualty loss to all or a portion of the property when the event occurs after the fourth Monday in June, or if the amount of loss cannot be determined until after the fourth Monday in June.
Taxes for most property may be paid in two equal installments, with the first half due December 20 and the second half due the following June 20. However, the full year’s tax on a manufactured home must be paid before it may be moved.Property taxes are paid to the county treasurer. Installment payments are permitted; contact your County Treasurer for more information.
Taxes are delinquent if they are not paid by the due date.Delinquent taxes accrue interest and penalty. Property taxes are a lien against your property. If taxes are unpaid three years after the due date, real property such as land and houses can be sold to satisfy the lien. Personal property, which includes certain manufactured housing, can be sold immediately after taxes become delinquent.
More information is available from the Idaho State Tax Commission by calling 208-334-7733.
Snow Loads and the Structural Integrity of your Roof?
As winter progresses and the snow piles up, we start to wonder, how much weight can my roof hold? When should I have the snow removed? The following information is provided to assist individual property owners in making the decision on when or if snow should be removed from a structure. Structures built in Blaine County after 1977, with a building permit, have been designed to meet a site-specific Roof Snow Load. See the chart below for the design requirements by location.
North Fork to Smiley Creek
150 pounds per square foot roof snow load
North of Ketchum to North Fork
125 pounds per square foot roof snow load
West of Ketchum to western end of platted Board's Lower Ranch
110 pounds per square foot roof snow load
West of western end of platted Lower Board Ranch
125 pounds per square foot roof snow load
East of Triumph
North of Bellevue to south of Ketchum
100 pounds per square foot roof snow load
Picabo to south of Bellevue
65 pounds per square foot roof snow load
Carey Valley including south and east of Carey
50 pounds per square foot roof snow load
*Older manufactured homes should have snow removed regularly. *
As a point of reference, Ground Snow Load has been calculated using the current Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) at the Chocolate Gulch SNOTEL site (approx. 11 miles north of Ketchum). Ground snow load is calculated by using the current SWE and multiplying it by 5.2 PSF.
Current Ground Snow Load at Chocolate Gulch SNOTEL site:
SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT
CURRENT ESTIMATED GROUND SNOW LOAD (LBS PER SQUARE FOOT)
Apr. 6, 2023
This chart will be updated after each measurable snow or rain-on-snow event.
Keep in mind that the Roof Snow Load on your home is generally 0-30% less than the Ground Snow Load. If you are concerned with the structural stability of your roof you may want to consider consulting with a professional engineer. Blaine County does not make recommendations on when to remove snow from roofs.
As the winter snowpack increases and piles up on and around your home. Keep an eye on your gas meter, exhaust venting for mechanical equipment and gas fireplaces. These items need to be free of snow to ensure proper function.
And last but not least, look up! Be aware of your surroundings. Snow sliding from roofs can pose a real risk to people and pets, as well as damage to vehicles and other property. Pay attention to how the snow on your roof reacts to new snow, rain-on-snow and rapidly warming temperatures. These events are potential red flags that the stability of the snow on your roof could change.
FEMA Snow Load Safety Guidance brochure.
Feel free to call with any questions. Blaine County Building Services: 208-788-5573.
All projects are subject to a zoning review, even if a building permit is not required and if you are outside your building envelope. These projects include:
Demolition Permits are required. Please contact Building Services to be certain a building permit is or is not required.
No and yes! No, they do not require a building permit, but do require a setback permit obtained through the building department if the agricultural building is located in an agricultural zoning district (A-20, A-40, R-10, and RR-40 in Blaine County) and they meet the definition contained in the Blaine County Building Code: "Agricultural Building": A structure designed and constructed to house farm implements, hay, grain, poultry, livestock or other horticultural products.This structure shall not be a place of human habitation or a place of employment where agricultural products are processed, treated or packaged, nor shall it be a place used by the public." Yes, agricultural buildings do require building permits when not located in the zoning districts listed.
From the time you drop off your completed permit application, the process time is usually four weeks during the heavy building season from March through October. It is a great idea to bring plans in during the slower months of December, January and February so that you can begin your project when you are ready in the spring. Remember, incomplete applications take longer. Additional reviews of changed/incomplete plans can be charged a deferred submittal fee in addition to the regular permit fee. Getting incomplete plans in quickly will not expedite issuance of the permit.
All applications are reviewed by the Land Use staff in-house prior to a structural review by Building staff. If a zoning application is required, then a hearing before the Commission or Hearing Examiner may be required. It is best to check with the Land Use Staff before you begin your building project so that any zoning questions can be addressed well in advance of your application for building permit.
For projects over $200,000 valuation, a $1,500 non-refundable partial payment is required at the time the application is obtained to the Building Services Department. Payment of the balance of fees due and permit fees for all other projects is required at the time of issuance of the building permit. Payment shall be made prior to the commencement of construction.
In the event of cancellation, a fee of 20% of the permit fees will be charged.
Because the 2012 International Building Code requires final inspections and certificates of occupancy, a minimum deposit of $1,500 or 10% of the total of the permit fees whichever is greater and shall be made at the time of the building permit application is submitted. Deposits for final inspection shall be released to the depositor upon successful final inspection and issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
Please use the fee schedule (PDF). Be sure to include the local jurisdictional fees at the top. The Blaine County Building Code authorizes the Building Official to make the final valuation determination on all projects.
To be eligible to vote in Idaho you must meet the following requirements and register with your County Clerk.
Idaho statute § 34-104
“QUALIFIED ELECTOR” DEFINED. “Qualified elector” means any person who is eighteen (18) years of age, is a United States citizen and who has resided in this state and in the county at least thirty (30) days next preceding the election at which he desires to vote, and who is registered as required by law.
If you are qualified, fill out a voter registration form, sign and return it to your County Clerk.
Idaho has election day registration. You may register at your polling place on election day by providing proof of residence. All documents used in providing proof of residence must be accompanied with a photo ID. Only the following documents showing the registrant’s current address in the precinct are authorized:
• a valid Idaho driver license issued through the department of transportation
• a valid Idaho identification card issued through the department of transportation
• any document which contains a valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card
• Students may also use a current valid student identification card from a post secondary educational institution in Idaho accompanied with a current student fee statement that contains the student’s valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card.
You can register to vote with Vote Idaho or you can register to vote in person at the Blaine County Election Office.
No. A person may only register to vote at his or her place of residence. A business address or a P.O. Box number may only be used as a mailing address.
You can register to vote at any time. However, if you are registering to vote within 24 days prior to any election you will need to provide proof of residence as well as identification and vote at that time.You must re-register to vote every time you move or change your name. For specific dates and deadlines for the upcoming election, see the Idaho Secretary of State’s calendar.
If it is within 24 days prior to any election: yes. When you register to vote, you must provide a photo ID as well as proof of residency. This may be on your Idaho Driver’s License, but if not you can use other documents like a Costco card and a power bill that shows your name at your physical address.If it is not within 24 days prior to any election: no, you do not need any identification or proof of address.
No. When you register to vote, you will be asked if you want to affiliate with a political party. There are currently four qualified political parties in Idaho: the Constitution Party, the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Republican Party. If you do not want to affiliate with a political party, choose Unaffiliated when registering to vote.
To find out if you are registered to vote visit voteidaho.gov or call the Elections Office at 208-788-5510.
You must be a registered voter for your signature to be valid on a petition. If you complete and sign an Idaho Voter Registration Form on the same date or a date prior to signing the petition, your signature will be valid. The election official must receive the completed/signed voter registration form on or before the date the petition is filed with the election office.
No. The Elections Office cannot stop the political mailings or calls you receive. We cannot remove your address from your voter registration record. Voter registration records are public record, Idaho law allows certain voter information to be released to the public. Your social security number, driver’s license number, birth date, and signature are never provided.
Return your absentee ballot in the return envelope that has your name printed on it. Be sure to sign the envelope.
Note: absentee ballots cannot be dropped off at polling places. All ballots must be received by the Blaine County Elections office by 8 pm on Election Day.
You can see the status of your absentee ballot online.
All eligible Blaine County residents can vote at the Blaine County Election Office beginning 3 weeks before each election. Voting hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The last day of early voting is always the Friday before Election Day.Election Day voters must visit their polling places between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
On Election Day you can only vote at your assigned polling place. All polling places are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. To receive the ballot with the correct contests and candidates for where you live, you must vote at your assigned polling place. To find the location of your polling place:
Registered voters must present a valid photo ID at the polls in order to vote. If you are not able to show an acceptable ID, you are given the option to sign a Personal Identification Affidavit.
- Idaho driver’s license or identification card
- U.S. Passport or Federal photo Identification card
- Tribal Identification card
- Concealed weapons license issued by a County Sheriff in Idaho
Information about upcoming elections is posted on the Election Office page as it is available.
At this time the Blaine County Election Office provides voter services and official election materials only in English.
To vote for a qualified write-in candidate who is not listed on the ballot, write the person's name on the blank line at the end of the candidate list and fill in the circle. You must fill in the circle for your write-in vote to be counted.Only write-in votes for qualified write-in candidates can be counted. A list of qualified write-in candidates will be available at the polling place. Vote-by-mail voters can get the list of qualified write-in candidates by calling the Blaine County Election Office at 208-788-5510.
Blaine County utilized two different ballot types, ExpressVote and Oval Ballots.
The paper-based ExpressVote Universal Voting System uses touch-screen technology to produce a paper record for tabulation. As a marker, the ExpressVote handles the entire marking process, eliminating unclear marks and the need for interpretation of the voter’s mark. The ExpressVote enables all eligible voters to make their selections privately and independently. It is a fully compliant Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) voting solution.
With an oval ballot voters use a pen to mark a ballot and then insert it into an optical scan voting machine to cast their ballots at the polling place. When the ballot is inserted, this machine, called a DS200, optically scans the marks made on the paper ballot and counts the votes electronically.
All ballots in Idaho are paper ballots.
Yes, all polling places in Blaine County are accessible and offer curbside voting as well.
Yes. The jury pool is made up of a combination of databases from the Department of Transportation and Voter Registrations. If you have a driver’s license or have registered a vehicle, you are already in the jury pool.
The E911 system is considered to be one of the most advanced in the State of Idaho. The "E" stands for "Enhanced" 911 service. Enhanced 911, or E911, is a system which routes an emergency call to the appropriate 911 answering point (PSAP) for the caller's location, and automatically displays the caller's phone number and address. The 911 call taker will typically ask the caller to verify the information, which appears on his or her computer screen. In most areas, phone number and location information is available for 911 calls made from a cellular/wireless phone. When calling from a cellular telephone it's important to be aware of your surroundings, look for landmarks and when driving stop at a safe place and then place your call to 911.
Your call is routed by the phone company, to the Public Safety Answering Point at Blaine County Emergency Communications, where it will be answered by an Emergency Communications Officer.
Yes! Before being assigned to take 911 calls, each Emergency Communication Officer Recruit undergoes 180 hours of mandatory classroom and hands-on training, under the supervision of a trainer. Emergency Communication Officers then undergo many additional hours of training to enable them to perform other tasks, such as police or Emergency Medical Dispatch and Emergency Fire Dispatch to deliver pre-arrival instructions on how you can help before emergency units arrive.
Calls to 911 should be reserved for emergencies such as:
In 2016, Blaine County Emergency Communications Center began accepting Text to 9-1-1 within Blaine County. This was a cooperative effort between counties, creating the ability to send a text message to 9-1-1 in Blaine, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, and Twin Falls Counties.
• If you are hearing or speech impaired.
• When a voice call could increase a threat.
• If you are injured and cannot speak.
• If you are in a remote location and can only send a text message.
• Enter the numbers 911 in the “To” field.
• The first text message to 9-1-1 should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed.
• Push the send button.
• Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions for the 9-1-1 call taker.
• Keep the text message brief and concise; avoid slang and abbreviations.
Calling 911 from all telephones in the state of Idaho is free. Calls made from your home, business, cellular phone and all pay phones are free when you dial 911.
Immediately state your address and the nature of your emergency such as reporting a fire, an accident, a burglary or whatever the case may be. The Emergency Communications Officer will want to verify your location, phone number and name. From there, let the Emergency Communication Officer ask the questions. They will ask questions regarding your situation, such as the name and description of any other persons involved or other pertinent information such as emergency medical or fire dispatch questions.Please be patient and rest assured that help is on the way; while you are talking with the person taking your call another Emergency Communications Officer is sending help to your location.
You will be asked a series of questions, which are extremely important to the proper handling of the call. These may include:
Although these may seem like an unreasonable number of questions during an emergency, they are very important to emergency personnel. For example, if a burglary has just occurred and the suspect flees, the officers have a much better chance of apprehending the suspect if they have a good description of the suspect and the direction that was taken. More important, if the incident in question involved a weapon, the life of the Officer may depend on the information given.One common misconception of Public Safety Communications is that Emergency Communication Officers (ECO) wait until finishing the call before sending help. During a true emergency, the ECO’s work as a team. One remains on the line with the caller and enters the information to another ECO, who dispatches Police Officers, Firefighters or other emergency personnel. It is very important that you stay on the line during a call to 911. The Emergency Communications Officer will continue to ask you questions while the police are en route.
If you call 911 by mistake, do not hang up. Stay on the line and explain that you do not actually have an emergency. Everyone makes mistakes and there is no penalty for accidentally dialing 911. If a caller to 911 hangs up without stating the problem, the caller must be contacted in order to ensure that no actual emergency exists. This may involve the dispatching of police officers to your home or place of business in order to ensure that a problem does not exist.
If you need the police, but it is not of an emergency nature, please call our non-emergency line at 208-578-3831. Examples of calls that should be placed to the non-emergency line are:
Go to Internet Map Services and use the Parcel Information Search or the Land Use Information map.
Your Probation Officer will make a decision regarding level of supervision based on many circumstances, including:
For more information please contact the Probation department by calling 208-788-5528.
Probation requires that you work, attend school or a vocational program while on supervised probation. There are exceptions to this requirement and they can be discussed with your probation officer.
For more information please email Teresa Espedal, Chief Probation Officer.
This is not an uncommon request and you need to consult with your probation officer about the possibility and requirements involved in relocating.
For more information please call the Probation department at 208-788-5528.
A release of information helps the probation officer access information regarding your attendance and participation in counseling, education or groups that are required as part of your Judgment of Conviction.
We are fortunate to live in a community with a wealth of resources and you may be able to access services at a reduced cost, but ultimately you are responsible for costs associated with treatment.
Please consult with your probation officer if you need assistance or contact the Probation department by calling 208-788-5528.
Any probation department staff can provide information about community based resources to help you be successful.
The juvenile and his/her parent(s) participate in a semi-structured interview that provides the probation officer with some of the information needed to conduct a risk assessment. Information from the risk assessment helps guide the juvenile probation officer in making recommendations in a report provided to the Magistrate Judge. Input from parents regarding risks, needs and protective factors also helps guide the recommendations.
The Blaine County Juvenile Probation Department currently uses the Positive Achievement Change Tool (PACT) as a tool to determine level of risk to re-offend, or the likelihood that the young person will have further formal court involvement. Information from the interview with the young person and his/her parent(s) as well as collateral contacts (school, counselors, law enforcement) is used to administer the PACT. The PACT also provides on risk factors (areas that make it more likely that a young person will re-offend) as well as protective factors (areas that make it less likely that a young person will reoffend).
Disposition the word used for the sentencing phase in juvenile court. The Magistrate Judge is provided with a report from the juvenile probation officer that outlines disposition recommendations. The Magistrate Judge gives the prosecuting attorney, the defense attorney (if there is one), the juvenile, their parent(s) and the probation officer an opportunity to make a statement. Sometimes the young person and their parents are asked questions by the Judge. After reviewing the report and listening to the comments, the Magistrate Judge will identify what types of terms and conditions he expects the young person and their family to complete. In addition, he will make a determination about fines and fees that need to be paid.
No, our office does not investigate criminal activities. In most cases, a crime must be reported to the law enforcement agency which has jurisdiction over the city or county where the crime occurred. For example, if the crime occurred in the City of Sun Valley, it should be reported to the Sun Valley Police Department. Once the Matter is investigated, our office will review the police reports, witness statements, and other information before determining whether to file a criminal complaint.
Victim’s wishes will be taken into account, but the final determination of whether or not charges will be filed or dismissed rest with the prosecuting attorney.Crimes are charged by the Blaine County Prosecutor’s Office on behalf of the People of the State Of Idaho, and not on behalf of any particular victim. The decision to file charges in any criminal prosecution can only be made by an attorney in our office.
Contact our office, 208-788-5545, and we can tell you which attorney is assigned to your case. Although Jim Thomas is the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney and his name appears on most documents, he is not necessarily the attorney handling your case.
All attorneys are governed by a code of ethics which prevents them from speaking directly to anyone represented by another attorney. Any questions that you have about your case should be answered by your attorney.
Our office does not provide legal services to the general public. A private attorney may be able to help you. If you do not have a lawyer, you can contact the Idaho State Bar association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 208-334-4500. You can also file paperwork yourself.
Our office does not issue restraining orders and we can only request the Court to enter an order prohibiting contact between two people after a criminal case has been filed. No contact orders are frequently issued in domestic violence cases, and there are certain situation in criminal cases where we can ask the Court to issue a no contact order preventing a Defendant from having contact with a victim or witness.Victims of domestic abuse may apply to the Court for a civil protection order without criminal charges being filed. If you are the victim of domestic abuse, please contact the applicable law enforcement agency or our office and we will assist you in any way we can.
Legal documents are served by our Civil Department.
Contact the Court Clerk’s Office to see if you qualify for a civil protection order by phone at 208-788-5521. The court is located in the Blaine County Judicial Building at:201 First Avenue SSuite 100Hailey, ID 83333Restraining Orders are another issue and require the assistance of an attorney. For more information view Idaho Protection Order Information
All fees are per service and return (two defendants equals two services/returns even if they are at the same address).
If the defendant does not satisfy the judgment you must decide how you will try to collect. If you have a small claims judgment the following document "How to collect on your small claims judgment" provides the necessary information to guide you in executing on the judgment.
Yes. Bring or mail the original and one copy (or two copies) of the Writ of Restitution, issued by the court, a Letter of Instruction and the proper fees to the Blaine County Sheriff Civil Division. Eviction fees vary; contact our Civil Administrator to determine the exact amount of fees in your case.
We make at least three attempts on different days and at different times, unless we receive information prior to the third attempt that the party to be served can no longer be located at the given address.
Yes, the writ must be addressed to the county Sheriff that will be enforcing the judgment.
No. The Civil Division does not provide investigative services to determine the whereabouts of the person to be served. A home or work address must be provided.
The Blaine County Detention Center now offers Online Tablet Visitation. Inmates are allowed 60 minutes of free online tablet visitation per week. Additional visits are available for $0.25 per minute. Online Tablet Visitation can be done from your home, mobile phone, or on our Jail Lobby visiting consoles. To create a new account, send messages, share photos, or schedule video visits go to https://www.gettingout.com/, download the GettingOut app., or call 866-516-0115.
For those who wish to visit from our Jail Lobby, please note that In-Lobby visitors are limited to two people at one time. Visitors over the age of 18 must provide photo identification to visit with an inmate. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Visiting hours are subject to change. For a full list of Visitation Rules in both English and Spanish see our Detention page under Services.
All personal mail sent to an inmate from family and friends such as letters, pictures, and drawings will be digitally delivered to the inmate via our inmate tablet system.
Personal mail must be sent in the following format:
Blaine County Detention Center, Idaho
Inmate Name, Inmate Jacket Number
P.O. Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131
John Smith, #AR11111
To obtain the inmate jacket number, please call the Detention Center at (208)788-5564.
Inmate Mail Scan Instructions in English and Spanish
Any legal mail and payments by cashier check or money order should be mailed to the inmate in the care of the Blaine County Detention Center at our main address: 1650 Aviation Drive, Hailey, Idaho 83333.
For package information, please see our "Can inmates receive items" FAQ.
Yes, inmates may receive paperback books, puzzles, games, or other items according to the following rules:
Items Sent to an Inmate:
Donations to the Inmate Library:
If you have any questions regarding these rules, please speak to a Detention Deputy.
How do I send or deposit money for an inmate? You may deposit funds on an inmate’s account using the automated Kiosk in the Detention Center Lobby. The Kiosk accepts cash, debit or credit cards and can be used to post money on an inmate’s trust account, pre-paid phone account and pay medical or housing fees. If the sender is out of the area, money can be put on the account directly at 866-516-0115 or Getting Out. A cashier’s check or money order can be mailed to the Blaine County Detention Center in care of the inmate’s name. The mailing address is:Attention: Detention Administrative Assistant1650 Aviation DriveHailey, ID 83333
To bail an arrested person out of the Detention Center, you must pay the amount of the bond plus an additional $10 per charge bond fee to the Blaine County Detention Center in cash. Credit cards and checks are not accepted. You may hire a licensed bond agent to post the bond for you. A listing of bond agents may be found in any local telephone directory. Note that in felony arrests a bond is usually not set until the arrested person appears before a judge.If you post a cash bond, you may be eligible to receive some or your entire cash bond back after the case is finished and the necessary paperwork has been processed. Idaho law, I.C. 19-2923, allows the court to use the cash bond to pay any fines or costs that might have been imposed against the defendant. A Sheriff’s bond fee may be required. If you use a bond agent to post a surety bond, you will not get the surety bond agent’s fee or the Sheriff’s fee back.
A bond (or bail) is the amount of money in cash, property, or surety that must be paid for an arrested person to be able to leave the Detention Center before his/her case is completed. The purpose of a bond is to make sure that person attends all of his required court appearances. Bond amounts for most misdemeanor charges are generally pre-determined by the court. Felony charges and some special “no-bond” charges require the defendant to appear before a judge to have a bond amount set before being able to post bond and be released.Any person can post his or her own bond. If the defendant cannot afford to bond him/herself out, any other person age 18 or older can post the bond. If you don’t have the cash to cover the full bond amount, you may wish to hire a professional bail bond agent, who generally charges a fee of 10% of the total amount of the bail required plus an additional bond fee. Contact the bond agent directly for specific information on services and fees. All bond agents are required to be licensed by the State Department of Insurance.
The judge will issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest and the bond money will be forfeited. If you posted a cash bond for the defendant, there are only two ways you can get your money back:
Fill out the required paperwork and give it to the court. The judge will review it, and, if approved, the cash bond will be mailed back to you. If the defendant isn’t found or arrested within 90 days, the court will keep your entire cash bond. Please note that a Sheriff’s bond fee may be required.
Because using your property as bond is a complicated legal matter, please contact your attorney.
The Blaine County Sheriff's Office offers fingerprinting services to the public in our Jail Lobby. Fingerprints are $5.00 per card. Payment is preferred in cash and exact change is required. Fingerprinting is available Monday through Friday during the following times:
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Follow all directions carefully. Failure to comply with the provided instructions may be grounds for rejection of your application:
To apply for employment you must complete and submit the following hiring forms:
Both forms are Available in the right column of our Career Opportunities page.
Deputies are allowed to have mustaches and beards as long as they are kept well-groomed and maintained for a professional image.
Tattoos are allowed with the following requirements: While on duty, excessive tattooing, body art, or brandings shall not be exposed or visible (including through the uniform). “Excessive” is defined as any tattoo, body art, or branding that exceeds one-third of the exposed body part.
An employee shall not have any tattoos on the head, face, neck, scalp, hands, or visible teeth (excluding orthodontic appliances); unless authorized by the Sheriff. Any pre-existing tattoos, body art, or branding on any of these areas will either be removed or covered by cosmetics or clothing. Any visible tattoos, body art, or branding that are obscene, advocate or symbolize gang, extremist groups, drug use, or sexual discrimination shall not be permitted, unless authorized by the Sheriff.
If you require additional time to request any of the required documents (i.e., birth certificate, diploma, social security card, etc.) from its original source, please reference the specific document missing, the reason and your estimate of the time required to obtain and submit it to the Sheriff's Office in your cover letter.
Your credit history is used to complete your background investigation. You may provide a full history from any reputable credit source. A free credit report is available at Annual Credit Report.
No, we need a full credit report that shows all your accounts and balances.
Blaine County offers a full array of benefits including:
Please go to our BCSO Record Page and read all instructions carefully. There are 3 different types of record requests.
To obtain a concealed weapon permit, you must bring photo identification, proof of firearm training, any previous concealed weapon permits (CWL) issued to you and the $55 fee to the Driver’s Services Desk at the Blaine County Annex building located at 219 First Avenue South in Hailey.When applying for an Enhanced License to Carry Weapons Permit will additionally need an Enhanced Concealed Weapons License Training Certificate signed by a valid firearms instructor. Permits are good for 4 to 5 years depending on the date of issuance.View more Idaho Concealed Weapon License information.
Learn about Idaho's Concealed Weapons Law (PDF).
The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office would like you to know that you may report a crime anonymously. Please include as much information about the crime as possible including names, numbers, description, license plates, etc. You are not required to include your name or any other information that you do not wish to reveal. Any personal information that you wish to reveal will be strictly confidential.To report a crime tip, please contact our Detective Division at 208-788-5515.
The registry provides first responders with access to essential information as they respond to calls for service involving people who may have a condition that would prevent them from being able to communicate to first responders who they are or where they live. Examples include people who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder, a traumatic brain injury, or any documented condition that can result in communication issues.
The registry gives us tools to assist vulnerable individuals, which may include knowing where to look for them, which words may escalate or deescalate the situation, contacting a family member or caregiver, and returning them home safely. This program was created with good intentions to help our community and serve those who are at risk. The safety of everyone in our community matters, including our vulnerable population.
Only family members can add someone, however, caregivers, physicians, and people with legal guardianship can apply for special permission. Additional verification documentation may be required.
The Vulnerable Population Registry is completely voluntary. It is offered as a service to those that may need it.
Yes. Just contact us and we will remove the data. we can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (208)788-5555.
All entries are reviewed and approved by the Chief Deputy. If we receive a registration with any doubt to its legitimacy, we will not enter it into our CAD system.
All information provided is confidential. Information will only be shared with 911 operators and Blaine County first responder agencies and only when contact is made with the registered individual. This could include police, fire, and paramedics for the appropriate jurisdiction.
The purpose of this question is to alert and protect our first responders if the person has access to weapons that could be used against the police officer, firefighter, or paramedic. The Vulnerable Population Registry is not about taking away guns, infringing on Second Amendment rights, prohibiting a concealed weapons license, or tracking whereabouts. There is and never has been any intent to track or remove weapons from anyone’s home. The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office will never regulate or interfere with a citizen’s Second Amendment rights. If you are uncomfortable answering this question you may choose not to provide this information.
We encourage anyone with questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions to contact us to speak with Sheriff Harkins directly. You can reach us at email@example.com or (208)788-5555.
If you buy/build a home that has never been occupied and move into it after January 1st, an occupancy tax will be prorated and assessed
E-notices are electronic notices received via email instead of by mail
If you have problems receiving the email when setting up your e-notice account, make sure to check your junk mail. If you find the e-notice email went into your junk folder, be sure to mark it as "not junk" so you will receive any future e-notices to your inbox
If your mailing address has changed, please email the Assessor’s office with your new address. Here is their email: firstname.lastname@example.org