Zoning Office

In order to put the health & safety of our customers & employees first, Codington County facilities are closed to the public to avoid spread of the Coronavirus
The zoning officer will be available via telephone (605) 882-5115 or (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 Zoning Office’s webpage: https://www.codington.org/zoning-office/.  You may submit building permit applications electronically to the above email addresses, however before a permit is issued you will need to mail payment and the original completed application to the Zoning Office at 1910 West Kemp Ave, Watertown, SD 57201.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Luke Muller, Codington County Zoning Officer
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 4/20/2020)

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 

2020 Meeting Schedule 


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

Upcoming Meetings

May 18, 2020 Meeting Agenda

May 18, 2020 Staff Report

May 18, 2020 Meeting Presentation

Minutes of Past Meetings

April 15, 2019 Board of Adjustment Meeting Minutes

April 15, 2019 Planning Commission-County Commissioner Meeting Minutes

April 29, 2019 Planning Commissioner-County Commissioners Meeting Minutes

May 20, 2019 Meeting Minutes

June 17, 2019 Meeting Minutes

July 15, 2019 Joint Jurisdiction Minutes

July 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes

September 23, 2019 Joint Jurisdiction Minutes

September 23, 2019 Meeting Minutes

October 21, 2019 Meeting Minutes

October 10, 2019 Joint Jurisdiction Minutes

October 21, 2019 Joint Jurisdiction Minutes

November 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes

December 16, 2019 Meeting Minutes

December 16, 2019 Joint Jurisdiction Minutes

January 21, 2020 Meeting Minutes

January 21, 2020 Joint Jurisdiction Meeting Minutes

February 24, 2020 Meeting Minutes

March 16, 2020 Joint Jurisdiction Minutes

March 16, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Helpful Links

1st District of Local Government
City of Watertown