Zoning Office

Codington County facilities are open to the public. We ask that you continue to practice social distancing when accessing our facility as well as other county facilities.

The zoning officer will be available via telephone at (605) 882-6300 or email (luke@1stdistrict.org or codington.county@sdstate.edu) from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  However the Zoning Officer will not be meeting in-person or with drop-ins until further notice.

Building permit or other zoning related applications are available at the Codington County Extension Office or you may download from this website. Please click here for the FAQ Document.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Zoning Officer
Luke Muller

Becky Goens

Codington County Extension Complex (Entrance B)
1910 West Kemp Avenue
Watertown, SD 57201-3048

Email Email Zoning Office

Phone (605) 882-6300

Hours of Operation 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. – Monday through Friday

Ordinance Review Information Page  (updated 8/23/2021)

Zoning Functions or Duties

The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for zoning administration and enforcement.

The department serves three boards:

  • Codington County Commission: The Commission approves plats and amendments to the County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances after recommendation from the Planning Commission.
  • Codington County Planning Commission: This Board develops the Master Plan for county development, reviews Site Plans and Subdivision Plans for new developments, and proposes amendments to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance.
  • Codington County Board of Adjustment: Reviews specific cases involving the application of the County’s Zoning Ordinance-Conditional Use Permit, Variances, and Appeals from Decisions of the Zoning Officer.

The Zoning Officer is responsible for reviewing various plans, permit requests and the issuance of applicable permits.

Notice of Building Permits Required for Construction

Notice is hereby given that building permits are required prior to the commencement of excavation for construction or for the construction or moving of any building in the unincorporated areas of Codington County. A building permit application may be obtained online or by visiting the Codington County Planning and Zoning Office. An administrative fee up to two hundred (200) percent of the permit fee may be charged to all who begin construction without a permit. Further, failure to obtain the necessary permits may result in civil or criminal proceedings. Some questions may be answered by clicking here: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Codington County Building Permit List (Updated 12/1/2021) 

2021 Meeting Schedule


Building Permit Application
Variance Application
Petition for Rezoning
Conditional Use Permit Application
Rural Addressing Sign Order Form

Upcoming Meetings

November 15, 2021 Meeting Agenda 

November 15, 2021 Staff Report

Minutes of Past Meetings

December 4, 2020 Minutes

January 19, 2021 Minutes

February 22, 2021 Minutes

March 15, 2021 Minutes

March 15, 2021 Joint Jurisdiction Minutes

April 6, 2021 Special Meeting Minutes

April 19, 2021 Joint Jurisdiction Minutes

April 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes

May 17, 2021 Joint Jurisdiction Minutes

May 17, 2021 Meeting Minutes

June 21, 2021 Meeting Minutes

June 21, 2021 Joint Jurisdiction Meeting Minutes

July 12, 2021 Special Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2021 Meeting Minutes

August 19, 2021 Joint Meeting Minutes

August 23, 2021 Meeting Minutes 

September 20, 2021 Minutes 

September 20, 2021 Joint Jurisdiction Minutes 

October 18, 2021 Minutes 

Helpful Links

1st District of Local Government
City of Watertown