February 1, 2023

Planning & Zoning/E911 Addressing/Drainage

Planning & Zoning/E911 Addressing/Drainage Administrator: Erin Collins-Miles

Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address:
911 Vander Horck
PO Box 9

Britton, SD 57430

Phone: (605) 448-7540

Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Closed for Lunch
Monday – Friday

For planning and zoning fees, please click on our Fee Schedule.

For Zoning agendas and minutes CLICK HERE.


To view the Zoning Ordinance of Marshall County online, CLICK HERE. The ordinance is also available in the office of the Zoning Administrator during regular business hours.


Notice is hereby given that pursuant to SECTION 1602 ARTICLE 16 of the Marshall County Zoning Ordinance; No building, structure or driveway shall be erected, partially erected, moved, added to, or structurally altered without a permit issued by the Zoning Administrator. No building permit shall be issued by the Zoning Administrator except in conformity with the provisions of this Article, unless he/she received a written order from the County Planning Commission in the form of an administrative review, conditional use, or variance as provided by this Article.  Building permits are required in the following instances:

  1. For any improvements on or to any structure/building in which the market value (net worth) of the improvements exceeds $3,000.
  2. For any structure or building, regardless of cost, if additional land or area is required for it to be sited on.
  3. For any storage sheds with an area of 80sq ft (8×10) or larger. Sheds less than 80sq ft in size do not require a building permit, but need to meet the setback requirements of the applicable district,
  4. For any concrete asphalt, paved or graveled driveway erected, partially erected, moved, added to, or structurally altered that abuts any county road or located in a county right-of-way.
  5. For any change of use or occupancy within a building or structure.

Structure — Anything constructed or erected with a fixed location on the ground, or attached to something having a fixed location on the ground, including, but not limited to, buildings, mobile homes, walls, signs, billboards, fences, and poster panels.

Nothing in these setback exceptions is intended to liberalize the more restrictive setback requirements of any zoning classification, and if any zoning classification has more restrictive setback requirements, such requirements shall be followed. For example, these exceptions would not alter the high-water mark and road setback limitations of the Lake Front Residential classification.

Pursuant to SECTION 1606 ARTICLE 16 of the Marshall County Zoning Ordinance, it is the owner’s responsibility to obtain a permit prior to construction on his/her property, owned or leased.

911 Addressing

All 911 addressing for Marshall County outside of the cities must be given by the GIS department. For all addresses within the city limits, contact your local City Hall.

New Building Sites
To assign a 911 address, the location of the structure (i.e., home, shop, business, etc.), your driveway and where it meets the road need to be decided. The address is assigned based on GPS coordinates of the exact location you provide, so changing your building plans or moving this driveway may change the address.

You are responsible for making sure that your house or property is labeled properly for Emergency Services.

Addressing a 2nd building at that location
A 2nd address may be required for the following reasons:

  • 2nd dwelling (house or mobile home) is added to the same property.
  • a phone line is added to another structure (the phone company requires an address for each structure with a phone line).

As with these, along with the new building site – please allow a month for these structures to be addressed.


To view the revised Drainage Ordinance for Marshall County, South Dakota online, CLICK HERE.

Pursuant to the Marshall County, South Dakota Drainage Ordinance, the following rules apply;

III. Permits Required. It shall be unlawful to commence the excavation for, or begin the construction or installation of drainage works until a drainage permit has been issued by the Board for such work. A permit shall be required before any person may construct, cause to be constructed, modify, repair or improve any drainage or drainage ditch unto other real estate. Permits shall be required for drains along or across any highway and for construction of open ditches. A permit shall also be required before any person may modify the drainage authorized in an original permit issued by the Board. Modification of drain or the alteration of a drain from the original plans or specifications.

  1. Filing Application. Any person desiring a drainage permit shall file an application with the County Drainage Administrator on a form approved by the Board. The applicant, if requested by the Board shall provide at applicant’s expense, an analysis showing the impacts of the proposed drainage. The analysis, at the discretion of the Board, may include a determination of the capacity of the drain and the capacity of the receiving watercourse and a comparison of volume and timing of pre-drainage flows. If the application is incomplete, or if the information contained therein is insufficient to enable the Board to make an informed decision on the application, the application shall be returned to the applicant for additional information. The cost for filing all drainage permits shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00).
  2. Notice of Permit Hearing. For all hearings required pursuant to this article, the County Auditor shall, at the applicant’s expense, publish one time, notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the area of the proposed drainage. The notice shall be published not more than fifteen days, nor less than five days, before the date set for hearing. The County Auditor shall also, at the applicant’s expense, give notice not less than ten days before the date set for hearing, to:
  3. Any owner of real property, including railroad right-of-way, which would be directly affected by the water to be drained.
  4. The state highway department, county highway department, board of township supervisors or any other agency or department that might be affected by the drainage.
  5. All utilities including gas, oil, electricity, water or communications transmission systems affected by the drainage.
  6. Any person who has notified the Board of the person’s objection to the drainage project proposed, and who has requested notification of such hearing on the drainage project proposed.

VII. Content of Notice of Hearing. The notice shall be given all essential facts concerning the proposed drainage, including, but not limited to; name and address of applicant, legal description or location of the area to be drained and the area into which the water will be drained; purpose of drainage, estimated dates drainage construction will commence; the time, date and location of the hearing; and such other pertinent information as deemed necessary by the Board.

Floodplain Administration

Follow this link to see a list map of Marshall County’s floodplain:



Building Permit
Drainage Permit Application (Pages 3 & 4 to be used by Drainage administrator and Drainage Board ONLY)
Marshall County 911 Address Request