Departments

Yankton County Planning & Zoning

Phone: (605) 260-4445
Fax: (605) 668-9682

Mailing Address:
321 West 3rd Street #209
Yankton, SD 57078

The Planning & Zoning Office is located on the second floor of the Yankton County Government Center building, the south office on the west side.

ATTENTION:

The Yankton County Planning and Zoning Office will be open Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 and Wednesday April 24th, 2019 from 9am-5pm and Friday, April 26th, 2019 from 9am-12pm. Any questions you might have outside of these hours should be directed to the Yankton County Auditor's office on the first floor of the Government Center. Phone number 605-260-4400 ext. 0. Yankton County Auditor's Office Hours are 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.

Yankton County Zoning Ordinance- Updated 12/28/2018

Introduction
Definitions- Article 11
Articles 12-27

Services provided by the Planning & Zoning Office:

  • Building Permits
  • Plat Approval
  • Variances
  • Conditional Use Permit
  • Nuisance Abatement
  • Planning Projects & Implementation
  • Floodplain Development Permit
  • Agriculture Drainage Permit

The Planning Department is responsible for managing the physical growth of the unincorporated area of the County. The Yankton County Comprehensive Plan is the official document used to guide decisions on land use matters. The Comprehensive Plan is designed to anticipate and deal with changes occurring within the County. Read more

Staff

Patrick Garrity, AICP

Zoning Administrator Send an Email

Frequently Asked Questions

See below for the most frequently asked questions regarding Planning & Zoning.
  • Do I need a building permit?

    All buildings, structures, exterior remodeling and signs on property within the unincorporated area of Yankton County must have a valid Yankton County building permit. All building permits must be placed in a conspicuous place along the property's frontage to be visible from the nearest public access point.

    Violations will face penalties of up to $200.00 / violation, imprisonment up to 30 days / violation, or both. Violations will also face appropriate action or proceedings to prevent any illegal act, conduct, business or use in or about such premises in violation.

  • Where do I get a building permit?

    Building permits are available in the Planning & Zoning office located on the second floor of the Yankton County Government Center. A download is also provide in the "link" section of this page. A detailed site plan must be submitted with all building permits.

  • What is a Variance?

    A variance is a relaxation of the terms of the zoning ordinance where such variance will not be contrary to the public interest and where, owing to conditions peculiar to the property and not the result of the actions of the applicant, a literal enforcement of the ordinance would result in unnnecessary and undue hardship. As used in this ordinance, a variance is authorized only for area and size of structure or size of yards and open spaces; establishment or expansion of a use otherwise prohibited shall not be allowed by variance, nor shall a variance be granted because of the presence of nonconformities in the zoning district or uses in an adjoining district or because of conditions created by the landowner.

  • How do I apply for a Variance?

    The applicant will complete a building permit, establish the undue hardship caused by the zoning ordinance, then meet with the Zoning Administrator to complete the required applications. The applicant will attend a public hearing before the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment.

  • What is a conditional use permit?

    Each Zoning District in Yankton County has permitted uses and structures and conditional uses. A conditional use is a use that would not be appropriate, generally or without restriction, throughout the zoning district, but which, if controlled as to number, area, location or relation to the neighborhood, would promote the public health, safety, morals, order, convenience, appearance, prosperity or general welfare. Such uses may be permitted in such zoning district as conditional uses, if specific provision for such conditional use is made in this ordinance.

  • How do I apply for a Conditional Use Permit?

    The applicant establishes specific use in a zoning district which is not a permitted use or structure will meet with the Zoning Administrator to complete the required application. The applicant will then proceed with a public meeting in front of the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment.

  • How can I report a public nuisance?

    The Planning & Zoning department is responsible for all county unincorporated property nuisance abatement. When reporting a public nuisance, please notify the Zoning Administrator.

Announcements

Yankton County
Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Yankton County Planning and Zoning Office will be open Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 and Wednesday April 24th, 2019 from 9am-5pm and Friday, April 26th, 2019 from 9am-12pm. Any questions you might have outside of these hours should be directed to the Yankton County Auditor's office on the first floor of the Government Center. Phone number 605-260-4400 ext. 0. Yankton County Auditor's Office Hours are 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.

Yankton County Road Closures
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

For a map of flood related road closures, go to the Departments Tab at the top of this page and go down to Emergency Management. This map is being updated as roads become open or closed.

Yankton County
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tonight Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Yankton County Commission Meeting, Yankton County Emergency Manager Paul Scherschligt announced a Burn Ban that goes into effect immediately until further notice.

Press Release: Travel Advisory- Yankton County
Friday, April 5, 2019
Yankton County Highway Department
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Yankton County EMS
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Yankton County EMS is going to be offering public CPR classes. For a list of dates and times of these classes go to the Yankton Emergency Medical Services page on this website under Departments.

2019 Calendar
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Highway Department Hours
Sunday, November 25, 2018

We will be in our winter hours starting with Monday, November 26, 2018.
Monday-Friday, 7:00am - 3:00pm

Veteran's Service Office - Drivers Wanted
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Please contact our office if you are interested in driving the DAV van. (605) 260-4400, Ext. 8

Yankton County Emergency Management
Monday, January 1, 2018

You can text YCOEM to 85511 to receive up to date emergency information.

Yankton County Commission Meeting Policy & Form
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Main Phone:
605.260.4400

Address:
321 West 3rd Street, Suite 100 Yankton, SD 57078

Office Hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm CST, Monday-Friday
Closed on Holidays, Saturdays, & Sunday

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