Building_Permits

UNINCORPORATED WOODBURY COUNTY


Online permits are for the unincorporated areas of Woodbury County.  If your property is within incorporated boundaries, you must contact your city for their respective permits.


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What to Know:

Prior to filing out an online application for a building permit, please have the following items prepared:


  • You are the landowner or have the authority to build on the property


  • You know the specific location where you intend to build:

    • Property Address / GIS #


  • Readiness to pay the required fee (with a credit card or alternative method) listed on the Fee Schedule.



  • You know the exact location of the property lines.

The property owner is responsible and liable for locating the correct edge of the road right-of-way and all other property lines, and for showing correct measurements on the site plan for a building permit.  Negligence in locating the correct edge of the right-of-way can be extremely costly to the property owner.

Be sure to call the Woodbury County Engineer's Office (712-279-6484) to obtain the location of the road right-of-way on your property, and for information regarding the installation of entrances.

---The right-of-way is NOT the center of the road.

---The right-of-way is NOT the edge of the road.

---The right-of-way is NOT necessarily the fence line.

---Your right-of-way location may NOT be the same as your neighbor's; and it may NOT be the same width across your entire parcel.

---Setbacks are measurements to be added to the right-of-way width and it does not include the right-of-way.


  • You have contacted the Siouxland District Health Department who oversees all well and septic system regulations and permits.  Be sure to call them (712-279-6119) before you begin your permit application.


  • YOU ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN AN APPROVED PERMIT PRIOR TO BEGINNING ANY TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION IN WOODBURY COUNTY


  • Only after the site plan is submitted for approval can the Community and Economic Development staff advise if your project will comply with zoning regulations.  Verbal information is NOT approval to proceed.  If you begin construction without an approved permit, you will be assessed a fine equivalent to double the amount of your required permit fee.


  • OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

    • Name of contractor, if applicable, with contact information.
    • Anticipated start date of construction.
    • Classification as Agricultural Exemption, if applicable.
    • Grading Plans if more than one acre.
    • Questions?, please call 712.279.6609.

Building Permits may be applied for online.

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