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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.
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The Sanitation Department offers dumpster rental services to help homeowners, business owners, and contractors clean up messes big and small. Our dumpster rentals provide low-cost and efficient cleanup solutions for businesses, remodels, renovations, clean outs, and many more projects. The Sanitation Department also offers the City of Pocatello Partners in Pride (PIP) Container Program, which permits residential customers the use of a 3-yard container or a 17-yard roll-off box to remove unwanted items or work on other projects which may require greater than usual trash. The Partners in Pride Container Program is intended for use by residential customers to help promote beautification and upkeep of residential properties within the City of Pocatello. This program is offered free of charge to qualifying residential customers once per calendar year and is available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations can be made by calling 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.
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/assessor/.
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/sheriff/. 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.