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Building Permits and Inspections

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See sidebar to the right for all forms and requirements. Please call the Engineering office with any questions. 

Permits are required unless specifically exempt in the link to the right called Work Exempt from Building Permit. The items listed immediately below under the header Exterior Improvements and Interior Improvements shall at all times obtain a permit.

Please be aware that even though your project may not need a building permit, any work done (including any placement of fill) within the floodplain is subject to a floodplain development permit and must comply with all city ordinances including but not limited to zoning regulations and flood damage prevention.

The information below is important when permits are required, plan submittals required to obtain a building permit, when to call for inspections, and for information and details on construction. This list will continue to grow so please check back regularly for updates and additional information. Please contact us using the information above to provide feedback and ideas on the type of information you would like included on this website about building codes and inspections.

Effective Date:  August 22, 1995

Exterior Improvements Interior Improvements
  • New Building Construction
  • Building Additions
  • Residing/Insulation
  • Window/Door Replacement
  • Placement of Portable Storage Sheds (area over 120 square foot).
  • Demolition / Removal of Existing Buildings
  • Placement and / or Removal of Mobile Homes
  • Driveway Construction
  • Sidewalk Construction
  • Decks, Porches, Patios, Gazebos, Hot Tubs
  • Deck Remodeling
  • Fences
  • New Kitchen Cabinets
  • Bathroom Remodeling
  • Bathroom Additions
  • Interior Remodeling Work (excludes painting, wall covering, & carpet)
  • Repairs / New Foundation or Basement
  • Fireplaces
  • Adding Bedrooms to basement

Codes and Inspections

Building Codes:  2012 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings, 2012 International Building Code, 2012 International Mechanical Code.

Fire Code:  2012 International Fire Code

Electrical Code:  Current Code adopted by the State Electrical Commission.

Plumbing Code:  Current Code adopted by the State Plumbing Commission.

Required Plan Submittals for Building Permits: Please select the above link titled Building Permits and Inspections to view the submittal requirements.

Required Inspections: Footing, Foundation Wall, Framing, Sheetrock, and Final. Please select the above link titled Building Permits and Inspections if you would like more information or a description of each inspection step.

Note: In certain cases, additional special inspections may be needed and in other cases the project will required less inspection. Any additions or deletions to required inspections will be decided at the discretion of the Building Official and will be noted on the red permit that you recieve in the mail.

DENR Recognizes City of Madison

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) announced that the City of Madison public water system and the system’s operation specialists have been awarded a Drinking Water Certificate of Achievement Award. Click for more.

West Center Street Project

The construction of Center Street between Blanche Ave & Highland Ave is scheduled to commence April 30. Starting May 9, a weekly meeting every Wednesday will be held at 10am at the City Commission room during construction. Click for more details on the project.

VOTE 2018

Click for more information on the today's combined municipal and school election. Unofficial results are now available.

Restricted Use Site to Resume Summer Hours

The Restricted Use Site, located west of Junius, will be switching to summer hours beginning Monday, April 2, 2018. Monday - Thursday 1:30PM - 4PM, Friday & Saturday, 9AM - 1PM.