Established February 28, 1917, with its county seat at Payette. Payette was originally settled as a railroad camp in the 1860s and called Boomerang for the log boom on the Payette River. The site, and the community which grew around it, was later named in honor of the area's first white settler, Francois Payette, a Canadian fur trapper and explorer with the North West Company who arrived in 1818.
CodeRED is an emergency notification system allowing Payette County to notify citizens in an emergency situation. The service is fee to all citizens and businesses within Payette County.
CodeRED delivers notification through a high speed telephone calling system to phone numbers in the CodeRED database. A pre-recorded message will be sent with information about an incident and possibly instructions for action to be taken.