Welcome to Fruitland, Idaho!

A Brief History of Fruitland
Fruitland has a rich history. The original town site of Fruitland was homesteaded in 1897, and was largely planted in orchards of apples and plums. In 1902, the northern area was purchased and development of this area began shortly afterwards. As the community developed, it became known as Fruitland because it was surrounded by some of the finest orchards in the valley. In 1906, several businesses built stores along Pennsylvania Avenue facing the railroad tracks. By 1909, the commercial center shifted to Southwest 3rd Street and Iowa Avenue, where a grocery store, a blacksmith shop, and saloon opened. The first post office opened in 1911. In 1909, the first grade school was built on Southwest 3rd Street and in 1928, the high school was built. In 1914, Fruitland was included on the state highway route between Boise, Payette, and northern Idaho. A steel wagon bridge was built across the Snake River in 1905 that provided
automobile travel across the river. Between 1916 and 1930, fruit growing was the principle economic force in the community. A number of packinghouses and warehouses stood on railroad sidings near Pennsylvania Avenue. In the peak years, apple and prune production supported six packinghouses and a cannery.
Fruitland was incorporated as a village in 1948. The principal government was a board of  trustees consisting of five members headed by a chairman. Gayway Junction was annexed into Fruitland in 1968. The Junction was the site of a dance and music hall where Centennial Plaza is currently located. In recent years, Fruitland has made efforts to broaden its economic base by attracting a diversity of business and light industry, but the community still maintains strong ties to its agricultural heritage.

Fruitland of Today
The City of Fruitland remains a relatively small rural community. Key characteristics of the community include the newly renovated downtown, Gayway Junction, the new medical district, neighborhoods, and the entryway transportation corridors. Industrial jobs and development have provided a strong base for the Fruitland economy. Ongoing commercial development has contributed to making Fruitland competitive with surrounding communities and provides a stable tax base. Growth in the health care industry promises to bring new jobs and ongoing development and growth to the area. Currently, the majority of jobs in the City are related to service or light manufacturing. The current population of Fruitland is 6072.  

Water/Sewer Payments:

If you need to pay a water/sewer bill, you may do so by:

  • Use the City Hall Drive-Thru

Forms and Permits:

  • All of the City of Fruitland’s forms and permits are available for download from this website. Click the “Departments” link above and select the relevant department
  • You can mail the completed form (and payment if applicable) to: Fruitland City Hall, PO Box 324 Fruitland, ID 83619
  • You can email the application to the address listed on the application or form