The Building Department is responsible for issuing building permits within the city limits and Joint Powers Area.
- Do I Need a Building Permit?
A building permit is required for new construction, additions, alterations, remodeling, repairs and demolition.
A full list of exceptions is listed here.
- Do I Need a Contractor License? (Licensing requirements)
A contractor license is not required for work on an owner-occupied residence. Nor for an existing commercial building under their ownership unless improvements are structural.
The trades and type of work that typically will require a license include electrical, plumbing, roofing, painting, remodeling, siding, rough framing; all phases of new construction; alterations, additions, repairs and demolition of structures; street, sidewalk and pavement contracting and any items requiring a permit. This includes subcontractors.
A signed application for a contractor license is required and must include the contractor’s certificate of insurance and SD Department of Revenue Excise Tax ID.
To apply for a contractor license, click here.
- How much does a Building Permit cost?
Fees are based off a sliding scale fee schedule from the valuation of the project, which includes the prices for materials and the cost of labor.
Residential projects for plumbing and mechanical have a flat fee schedule depending on the type of work being done.
For our fee schedule and tap fees, click here.
- How do I get an address for my property?
An official address will not be provided until an application for a building permit has been received, plans have been approved and the permit has been issued.
To apply for a building permit, click here.
Why can’t I have an address before applying for the building permit?
Your address provides a location to easily to find you. It is important to confirm access based on the location of a structure upon roadway from your building plans to ensure an accurate response.
Oftentimes, an applicant wants to receive mail or establish residency with the new address. Until occupancy is allowed per building code, the USPS will not deliver mail to a vacant address.
- How long does plan review take?
Review of the plans by the Building Official may take two weeks on a residential project or more for a commercial project depending on the complexity.
- I live/am contracting outside of City Limits, which jurisdiction do I apply with?
To find this information go to the Lawrence County GIS link listed below to find out which office you need to apply with.
1. On the top left side of the screen there is a search tool. Enter the address.
2. Click on the Menu button (≡) and Select the “Jurisdiction” arrow to show the options.
3. Check the box next to “Joint Powers”. This will show whether your property is in or out of our permitting & licensing jurisdiction.
4. Should you have difficulties discerning the difference, show the Legend back on the Menu button.
- How do I find my property boundaries?
We advise landowners to refer to their deeds and plats.
If you require further consultation on the location of your property lines, then a professional land surveyor would also be advised.
- What are the wind speed and snow load requirements?
Wind speed requirements are 115 mph and snow load is 43 psf.
To see our full design criteria, click here.