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You will receive phone calls when the Target Notification system is activated and your address is within the geographic area chosen to receive the notification message.
"Parents: You Matter" This research-based presentation increases parents' understanding and confidence in preventing and addressing drug and alcohol issues.
To promote beautification in Pocatello, the Sanitation Department has made available at no cost the use of 3-yard or 17-yard dumpsters for residential customers wishing to remove unwanted items or debris from projects that extend beyond the capacity of their usual trash service. These containers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may be reserved for a 48-hour period or over a weekend. Each household is limited to one free container use each year (per address). Dumpsters are also available for rent. For details and reservations, please contact the Sanitation Department at 208-234-6192.
The Chamber of Commerce sells full-sized flags for $50. They are located at 324 S. Main Street and can be reached at 208-233-1525.
We encourage neighbors to talk to each other and work out issues on private property where the City has no jurisdiction. For trees that are encumbering a sidewalk, growing into the street, or blocking traffic signs and signals, please contact City Hall at 208-234-6163 or submit a service request using the Pocatello Connect mobile app.
The City of Pocatello provides curbside recycling of certain papers, plastics, and metals to its utility customers. Glass recycling is offered at drop-off bins located throughout the city. For questions regarding the City’s programs, please call the Sanitation Department at 208-234-6192. General recycling items (no television) are also accepted at these locations:
Payment for parking tickets may be dropped into one of the blue boxes in front of City Hall or inside the Pocatello Police Department at 911 North 7th Avenue. Moving violations are paid at the Bannock County Court House at 624 East Center Street.
You may use any of the following methods to pay your utility bill:
The City of Pocatello does not require a general business license. However, the following types of businesses do require a license:
For more information about these licenses, please contact the Licensing Enforcement Division of the Pocatello Police Department at 208-234-6285. For information about signs, please contact Planning and Development Services at 208-234-6184. And for information about remodeling your building, please call the Building Department at 208-234-6158.
The City of Pocatello owns and operates the water, sanitation, and wastewater utilities for Pocatello residents. Information can be obtained by calling the Utility Billing office at 208-234-6241. Idaho Power is the only electric utility company in Pocatello and can be reached at 208-236-7714. Intermountain Gas provides all the natural gas in the community and can be reached at 208-637-6400.
For information and reservations, please call the Parks & Recreations Department at 208-234-6232 or visit register.pocatello.us/facilities.
The City of Pocatello does not require a general business license, but it does require a license for selling alcohol. Food service businesses are regulated through the Southeastern Idaho Public Health Department. Please call the Food Program Coordinator at the Idaho Public Health Department at 208-239-5274 for information.
All sidewalks should be free of snow and ice daily to enable residents to safely use public sidewalks. Owners, tenants, occupants, and businesses are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their sidewalks. DO NOT move snow into the streets as this is an obstruction and a misdemeanor. Violations may be reported to Code Enforcement at 208-234-6287.
Please contact the Bannock County Elections Office, 141 North 6th Avenue, at 208-236-7329.
Paper—newspaper, magazines, phone books, catalogs, cardboard boxes, food packaging boxes, office paper, note pads, coated paper, junk mail, envelopes, manila foldersPlastics—beverage, food, and household cleaner containers marked #1 PET or #2 HDPE that have been rinsed and had their caps securely in placeMetals—tin and aluminum cans or containers that have stored food and beverages and have been rinsedPlease DO NOT recycle plastic bags of any kind as they plug sorting machines, including grocery bags, garbage bags, salt pellet bags, etc.
Glass, plastics marked with #3 through #7 recycling symbols, plastic clam shell containers, plastic deli trays, plastic bags, shredded paper, potato chip bags, paper towels, paper plates, PVC & ABS pipe, medical waster, toys, clothing, carpet, tissue paper, wax-coated beverage containers, cellophane paper, plastic wrap, foam rubber, packaging materials (peanuts, bubble wrap, Styrofoam packaging), Styrofoam containers, ceramic containers, cereal box liners, string, aerosol containers, and any container that has been filled with paint, pesticides, herbicides, or petroleum products. If in doubt, leave it out or call 208-234-6193. Please note that glass can be recycled at drop-off bins located throughout the City.
Motor Vehicle Registration is available through Bannock County at 130 North 6th Avenue. For information, please call 208-236-7200 or visit https://www.bannockcounty.us/vehicle/.
The Bannock County Driver’s License Division is located at the Sheriff’s Office at 5800 South 5th Avenue. For information, please call 208-236-7258 or visit www.bannockcounty.us/dmv/. This office also issues concealed weapons permits and handicapped parking stickers.
Dogs—All dogs over the age of three (3) months that reside within the city must be licensed and have the license tag affixed to their collar at all times. Licenses are effective June 1 through May 31. All dog licenses are half price through the month of May. Licenses can be purchased from the Pocatello Animal Shelter located at Upper Ross Park or from City Hall located at 911 North 7th Avenue. Call 208-234-6156 for information. Non-spayed/non-neutered fee: $20.00; spayed/neutered fee: $10.00 (discounts available for senior citizens).
Cats—All cats over the age of three (3) months that reside within the city must be licensed. The owner/custodian shall be responsible for providing proof of a registered microchip, which can be used for the purpose of a city tag. Microchips can be purchased at Animal Services, veterinarian clinics, or at microchip clinics. Fee: $5.00.
Multiple Animals & Livestock—Anyone with more than two dogs or more than five cats over the age of three months is required to obtain a multiple animal housing permit for $25.00. Permits are also required for livestock and other small animals. Livestock includes animals such as rabbits and chickens. Please contact Animal Services for details and requirements.
Bus schedules are posted at pocatellotransit.com or you can call 208-234-6248.
The Bannock County Solid Waste Landfill is located at 1500 North Fort Hall Mine Road. For information, call 208-236-0607.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or traffic violation, you should call the Court Clerk at 208-234-7272 or look up your case for free at iCourt Portal.
Setbacks, or the distance between buildings and property lines, differ depending on zoning designation and the type of building. Setbacks range broadly and vary based upon the underlying zoning of your property. To check your setbacks, please call the Planning and Development Services Department at 208-234-6184.
Learn more about unaccepted recycling items (PDF).
Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pocatello extracts ground water from the Lower Portneuf River Valley Aquifer using deep wells that pump water from the aquifer. Currently there are seventeen wells in production capable of producing slightly less than forty-five million gallons of water per day. In order to serve customers who live on the benches surrounding Pocatello, water is pumped from the valley floor to twelve water storage facilities with a storage capacity of 21,600,000 gallons.
Contaminants that may be present include: Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife; inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming; pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses; organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems; and radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.
In any event, neither side can deny the fact that only a small percentage of the total amount of water produced is actually consumed. In residential use alone, the vast majority of water is used for irrigation, laundry, washing dishes, personal hygiene, flushing toilets, etc. The philosophy of the Pocatello Water Department is that the tremendous equipment expense and maintenance costs do not justify a system-wide fluoridation program to provide treatment that only benefits a small segment of its water consumers.
For a list of state certified laboratories, contact the State of Idaho Department of Environmental Quality at 208-236-6160.
It is virtually impossible to flush off all of the sediment and if you open your taps during or immediately following an event in your neighborhood, you may notice that your water has a dirty appearance because the suspended particles have not had time to settle. Turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for several minutes to flush off your water lines. If you inadvertently run your hot water before discovering the problem, you may want to flush your hot water tank by opening the valve at the bottom of the tank.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our flushing program. If after running your cold water a few minutes does not result in clean water, please contact the Water Department Repair Shop at 208-234-6182.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a home water treatment unit can improve water's taste, or provide an extra margin of safety for people more vulnerable to the effects of waterborne illness. Consumers who choose to purchase a home water treatment unit should carefully read its product information to understand what they are buying, whether it is for better taste or a certain method of treatment. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for operation and maintenance - it is especially important to change the filter on a regular basis.
For more information download the EPA booklet: Filtration Facts. EPA neither endorses nor recommends specific home water treatment units. EPA does register units that make germ-killing claims.
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