Departments

Yankton County Planning & Zoning

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

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

Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm

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

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

Denise Wubben

Deputy Zoning Administrator 605-260-4447 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.

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Main Phone:
605.260.4400

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

Office Hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm CST, Monday-Friday
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