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A building permit is required to ensure code compliance for structural integrity and minimum life safety for building, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems.
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Building permit requests are done by completing the Building Permit Application. The form is submitted to the Building Official via the website. You will be notified after the permit has been reviewed and approved by the Building Official. The approved permit will be sent to you via e-mail or USPS. The City Finance Office will mail you an invoice for the required fees within a few days following approval. Questions regarding building permits can be directed to the Building Official at 605-677-7088.
Yes, the City requires a building permit for all new construction and remodeling involving structural changes. Find documents related to building on our Building and Housing page.
Building permits are required for all fences. Visit the Building & Housing page for information about forms and applications required for building.
Yes, the City requires a permit for signs. Compete a Sign Permit Application (PDF) and submit to City Hall, Administration Office.
The City Rental Housing Inspector and can be reached at 605-677-7090.
No, the City does not have a mold expert on staff. Please contact a company to do testing if you believe you have a mold issue or problem. View inspection information on our Code Enforcement page.
Please, contact Jim Balleweg, Animal Control Officer, at 605-677-7089. Visit our Animal Control page for related information.
No, the City does not control or handle snakes and bats. Please call a nuisance animal removal company if you are having an issue. Visit our Code Enforcement page to learn about the primary duties of this department in our community.
No, the City does not take unwanted pets. The nearest humane societies are located in Yankton. Visit the Heartland humane Society website and ( Siouxland Humane Society website in Sioux City, IA.
If you have weed or nuisance complaints contact Code Enforcement at 677-7050. For more information, visit our Code Enforcement page.
You have 24 hours after any fall of snow or freezing rain to remove snow or spread a suitable material on the sidewalk to prevent the sidewalk from being slippery and dangerous to pedestrian travel. After 24 hours, if your sidewalk has not been cleared you will be fined. If necessary, the City will remove the snow/ice from your sidewalk at the property owner’s expense. Visit our Street Department page for more information on snow removal.
You can contact a Housing Inspector at 605-677-7050 to report rundown and unsafe housing conditions. The City also requires vacant buildings that meet certain criteria to be registered to ensure they are secured and maintained.
Inspectors are available Monday - Friday during regular business hours. They can be reached at 605-677-7050.
Building Permits are required for re-siding when more than 50% of any building wall is being replaced or repaired. If you live in a Historic District, the Vermillion Historic Preservation Commission can provide information regarding historic guidelines. Contact the Administration Office for more information. 605-677-7050.
Contact South Dakota One Call by dialing 811.
Work must be commenced and an inspection requested within 180 days of permit issuance and one year to complete the project. Failure to initiate construction work and call for inspection will invalidate the permit.
Building Permits are required for re-roofing when more than 50% of any roof surface is being replaced or repaired. If you live in a Historic District, the Vermillion Historic Preservation Commission can provide information regarding historic guidelines. Contact the Administration Office for more information. 605-677-7050.
The building permit fee is based on the valuation of construction. A valuation and fee schedule is available here.
An approximate cost of the work must be provided. Site plans, foundation plans and floor plans may be required. These plan specifications and diagrams must be submitted for review that adequately detail how the proposed work is to be completed. The submitted plans shall be complete enough that the inspector could build the project according to the submitted plans.
No, contractors are required to obtain permits from the State of South Dakota. Regional inspectors will perform inspections and attach stickers showing the work was completed. City Inspectors will verify electrical and plumbing work has been completed correctly with these stickers.
Some home based businesses are considered home occupations and may be allowed to operate in conjunction with a residence. A copy of the standards regulating home occupations may be obtained by contacting the Building Official.