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Subdivision Names


Procedure for reserving a subdivision or condominium name in Ada County:

  • Check the above list of reserved and recorded subdivision or condominium names. CHOOSE A NEW, UNIQUE NAME, NOT ON THE LIST. (See tips below). Names will be reserved based on Idaho State Code requirements. Duplication of the PRIMARY NAME are not allowed.
  • Make sure that you choose a sub name that is unique, not similar, and does not sound like any others on the list. For example, do not use the name “Eagle” in any form, for it has already been used many times.
  • It must be a real word, name or place and not a made up word. Initials are not allowed for they have all been used.
  • Each subdivision name must be associated with a surveying firm, i.e. the one that is stamping the plat.
    (Note, only land surveyors can prepare and stamp a subdivision or condominium plat.)
  • All this information is put into the database and can be reserved as long as the project is active.
  • To request a subdivision or condominium name, send an e-mail to:
    The following is REQUIRED to make the reservation;
  • The project location (Township / Range / Section & Quarter) along with the current parcel numbers of all of the parcels that will be included in the plat;
  • The name and contact information for the survey firm doing the work and the name of the Land Surveyor in charge of the plat;
  • The name of the owner/developer

At this time, Official reservation responses will be by e-mail for record keeping purposes. Approved names are added to the database.
The usual turnaround time can be as much as 3 to 5 work days depending on the number of requests and schedule.


When looking at a subdivision or condominium name, look at the “PRIMARY” name, which is usually the first word, as being the requested subdivision or condominium name. Most of the names that follow the major name are “Descriptors” names, such as City, Place, Court, Addition, Acres, Meadows, Estates, Heights, or similar words etc.

When you request the name “Smith Acres”, you say it is different from “Smith Estates” or “Smith Place”, but it is not different for naming purposes. The major subdivision name is “Smith” and if it is duplicated anywhere in the list, then it is already used and cannot be duplicated. So choose a new and unique name that is not found on the list.

There are many sources to look for possible subdivision or condominium names. Some are listed below:

  • Dictionary – contains 600,000 plus words.
  • Alphabetical List of Post Offices – Section 5, put out by U.S. Postal Service, lists all cities in the United States.
  • Phone books.
  • Atlas and road maps.
  • Names of local people connected or neighboring the property.
  • Names of local natural features, streams, mountains, landmarks.
  • Bird books.
  • Flower books.
  • Animal books.
  • Names of subdivisions in other states.
  • Subdivision Names that have been approved for use prior to 2002, but have never completed the process or have never been recorded, on a case by case basis.

Reference Idaho Code: 50-1307