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Building Permit Application (BP)


    1. Application filled out online or brought into the office
    2. 1 Full Set of Building Plans - (garages, decks and pole buildings may be hand drawn - all else needs to be drawn to scale) You will also need to provide the following: Foundation plans w/ rebar schedule and steps in elevation; Floorplans with dimensions and labeled rooms; Wall Cross-sections; Elevations (straight on view of the structure), ; and stairs and decks.
    3. Roof Truss Plans - Must be engineered by a SD state Licensed Engineer (Homemade trusses are NOT allowed) The truss plans must include the Ground Snow Load (GSL), which is based on your properties elevation. It is best to call our office for the elevation found on the Lawrence County GIS Map.
    4. Site Plan - A drawing showing the following: All property lines and dimensions of the lot; Location of all existing and proposed structures; All setbacks measured from all property lines and roads, streets, easements or section lines, etc; All incidental uses such as wells, septic tanks, drain fields, waterways, driveways, utilities, existing easements, slopes, etc. Additional information may be required if on commercial property such as parking, signage, and drainage.)
    5. Retaining Walls - structural date is to be submitted for walls over 4' in height.
    5. Needed if Applicable:
    A. Proof of Sewer Permit # and Septic Design if New (if existing provide receipt of last pumping)
    B. Wildfire Mitigation Plan or Survivable Space Plan (if lot was approved on or after September 15, 2010)
    C. Elevation Certificate (if structure is located in or near the floodplain) (May be required to provide as-builts elevations) As-built elevations may be required if property has an Elevation Certificate.


    1. Lawrence County Invasive Species Department - Dave Heck, Supervisor - 605-642-1976 SDCL 38-22-16 (Infested land declared public nuisance--Protective operations by secretary. If any owner of weed or pest infested land fails to rid the land of such infestation and the secretary of agriculture finds that such infestation is a menace to neighboring lands or to the state or its people he may declare such infested land to constitute a public nuisance and may enter such infested areas and perform such protective operations as may be necessary.)
    2. All work must commence within 180 days.
    3. As of February 1, 2014, all structures in Lawrence County shall obtain a Certificate of Occupancy. All property shall undergo the following inspections: Setbacks/Footings & Foundation, Framing and Final ALL INSPECTIONS NEED A 24 HOUR NOTICE.
    4. All Commercial pole buildings, post frame or steel shall have a South Dakota Engineered Stamp.
    5. State Wiring Permit requirements and directions to obtain a permit log onto
    6. Homeowners Plumbing Permit requirements and directions to obtain a permit log onto


  4. All of the following contractors shall be licensed in Lawrence County prior to any work commencing: general contractors; excavators; concrete; carpenters; plumbers; electrical; and mechanical.

  5. In a summary describe what you are building.

  6. Square Footages of Building

    In order to figure out the fee we need specifics on each area of the structure in square feet.

  7. New Building Setbacks

    Please give an estimate of your setbacks from the structure to all lot lines. If you are within 50' you may be required to do a site plan survey by a surveyor. (This also includes to any public rights-of-ways; private roads/easements or Section Lines.)

  8. This is the FEMA FIRM PANEL # which tells us where you are located within the Floodplain.

  9. Flood Hazard Area: April 17, 2012*

    All building permits requested that have any part of the property in a floodplain may be required to also obtain a floodplain development permit (FPD).


    This permit becomes null and void if the work or construction authorized is not commenced within 180 days, or if work or construction is suspended or abandoned for 180 days at any time after work is commenced within one year from date of issue.

    All work shall be done in accord with the approved plans, except where such approval is in conflict with other codes. The approved plan not be changed or modified without prior approval of the Building Official.

    It is the responsibility of the permittee to obtain the required inspections. Failure to notify this department that the work is ready for inspection may necessitate the removal of some of the construction materials at the owner's expense in order to perform such inspection.

    The following inspections are required by the International Code and Local Ordinance (24 hours notice is required):

    - Setbacks / Footings and Foundation
    - Framing
    - Final


    I hereby certify that I have read this application and know the same to be true and correct; that I give permission to enter property for inspections; all provisions of laws and ordinances governing this type of work will be followed; the granting of this permit does not presume to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of any other state or local law regulating construction.

  12. Electronic Signature Agreement

    By checking the "I agree" box below, you agree and acknowledge that 1) your application will not be signed in the sense of a traditional paper document, 2) by signing in this alternate manner, you authorize your electronic signature to be valid and binding upon you to the same force and effect as a handwritten signature, and 3) you may still be required to provide a traditional signature at a later date.


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