Many people find the process of buying and selling land overly complicated or confusing. If you go looking for information online, you’re likely to find general advice that isn’t quite applicable to your situation.

There are many federal and state laws to consider and many areas have their specific requirements. This is certainly the case for Canyon County, Idaho.

To make sure you follow local land development laws, contact me for a free consultation.

Understand Your Land Use Rights

You may be unsure what you can and cannot do with your land in Canyon County, Idaho.

Laws governing land splitting are among the most important because they impact purchases, sales, inheritance, and more.

Splitting Your Land

There are several common scenarios in which this would be necessary. For instance, a parcel of land may be inherited by multiple parties.

If only some of them want to sell their portion, the land may need to be split. Alternatively, an individual might want to sell part of their land and keep another for personal use.

You need to keep in mind that Canyon County, Idaho had no rules regarding the buying and selling of land until a Zoning Ordinance was enacted on September 6, 1979.

In the present day this matters because your next steps depend on whether your parcel has ever been divided or split after that date.

Dealing with Divided and Undivided Land

If you’re lucky and your land has not been divided since the Zoning Ordinance was enacted, you can obtain a building permit relatively easily. In this case, you’re allowed the so-called Administrative Split.

All you need to do is obtain permission from the relevant agencies and a permit from Canyon County Development Services. You might also need to send a few additional checklists, depending on the way you intend to use the land afterwards.

If your land has been split since September 6, 1979, the process is a bit more complicated. Unfortunately, you won’t be entitled to an administrative split and you would need to obtain a Conditional Use Permit.

It’s important to plan this in advance, as the process requires an application fee and can take up to a few months.

Canyon County Land Development Law

These are of course not the only considerations you should keep in mind. For instance, you should be aware of the Canyon County zoning classifications.

The majority of land in the area is classified as agricultural; however, some land is zoned residential or commercial. This affects both current land use and land development in the future. If you’re unsure, you can check online or ask us during your free consultation.

Schedule a Free Consultation Now

The process of buying and selling land may seem complicated, especially if you don’t have much prior experience. This is why I’m here — I will consult you on your rights in Canyon County, Idaho free of charge. If you’re unsure what your next steps should be, don’t hesitate to contact me:

George A. Tallabas III
Associate Broker
RE/MAX Executives
Idaho Real Estate License #AB7824

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