Thursday January 23, 2020
Hours 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday


Vehicle Renewals for those people with their last name starting with A or B are due by January 31st.

The Davison Co. Courthouse will be closed on Monday, January 20th in Honor of Martin Luther King Day.


Planning and Zoning


Planning and Zoning

Jeff Bathke

Jeff Bathke


Phone: (605) 995-8615 or (605) 995-8640

Cell: (605) 999-2863 Fax: (605) 995-8642

Mailing Address:

Davison County Courthouse



Administrator: Jeff Bathke

Office: (605) 995-8615 or
(605) 995-8640

Office Location: Davison County Courthouse, 1st Floor

Cell: (605) 999-2863


Fax: (605) 995-8642

Deputy Administrator: Mark Jenniges

Office: (605) 995-8615 or
(605) 995-8640

Office Location: Davison County Courthouse, 1st Floor

Cell: (605) 630-6848


Fax: (605) 995-8642


Jeff Bathke

Jeff Bathke has served as the Davison County Planning & Zoning Administrator since April, 2013. Jeff is a graduate of Plankinton High School and the University of South Dakota.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Science Degree in Administration, with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership.

Jeff’s past experience includes 17 years working in counseling programs, Department of Corrections facilities, and Private Research. Jeff is also a licensed counselor in the state of South Dakota.

Current & Upcoming Events:​​​​​​​​​​

  • January 1, 2020                        New Years Day-Courthouse Closed
  • January 7, 2020                        Planning and Zoning Commission @ 1:15 P.M.
  • January 14, 2020                      Board of Adjustment Meeting @ 9:15 A.M.-No items
  • January 21, 2020                      Drainage Meeting @ 7:00 P.M.
  • January 20, 2020                      MLK Jr. Day-Courthouse Closed
  • February 4, 2020                      Planning and Zoning Commission @ 1:15 P.M.
  • February 11, 2020                    Board of Adjustment Meeting @ 9:15 A.M.
  • February 17, 2020                    President’s Day-Courthouse Closed
  • February 18, 2020                    Drainage Meeting @ 7:00 P.M.

The Planning Commission Minutes can be found @ Planning Commission Minutes

To complete the Comprehensive Plan Survey: Click here.

Yearly Report can be found @ 2018 Yearly Report 

Previous Yearly Reports:
2017 Yearly Report
2016 Yearly Report
2015 Yearly Report

The 2-27-2018 Township Presentation can be accessed @ P&Z and EM Presentation-Township Board Meeting-2-27-2018

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Meeting Times/Dates Notes

NOTE: The Planning Commission will meet the first Tuesday of the month @ 1:15 PM during the months of December-March and the first Tuesday of the month @ 7:00 PM April-November.

NOTE: The Drainage Board will meet the third Tuesday of the month @ 7:00 PM year round.

Planning & Zoning


The goal of the Planning and Zoning Office is to promote residential development in an orderly fashion and to conserve agricultural land. The Planning & Zoning Office issues building permits and 911 Addresses, as well as assists property owners with plats, conditional use permits, and variances.

Davison County adopted a comprehensive plan in 1999, which can be found @ Davison County Comprehensive Plan (1999). The Comprehensive Plan is currently being updated. If you have suggestions for the future of Davison County, please contact our office.

Davison County adopted a temporary Zoning Ordinance on April 29, 1996; with a permanent Ordinance adopted on April 1, 1998. The Ordinance has since been amended on March 7, 2000, October 24, 2000, December 14, 2004, November 15, 2005, April 1, 2008, January 16, 2009, August 14, 2009, May 11, 2010, and most recently on August 11, 2017.

Each time any property in the county is rezoned, or the Davison County Zoning Ordinance is in need of a revision, the ordinance and Zoning Map is amended.

The Zoning Ordinance explains the different zoning districts, as well as the permitted principal uses and structures, permitted accessory uses and structures, conditional uses, and prohibited uses and structures for each district.

Planning & Zoning is currently recommending changes to the Zoning Ordinance. The list of recommended changes can be found @ Zoning Ordinance-Proposed Changes-6-5-2018.

Applicants desiring to rezone property must complete the Rezoning Application. Zoning inside the Mitchell city limits, as well as the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction District one mile outside the Mitchell city limits shown on the Zoning Map, is administrated by the City of Mitchell. Therefore, all building permits, conditional use permits, and variances for this area are administrated by the City of Mitchell. You can contact the them by email @ Mitchell City Planner or by phone @ (605) 995-8433.

If you are planning a project that requires a setback from a residential structure, the following maps have been developed:

1,000′ Setback View
1,320′ Setback View
1,500′ Setback View
2,640′ Setback View
5.280′ Setback View

Permitted principal uses and structures, and permitted accessory uses and structures will require a Building Permit Application prior to construction.

Fees for building permits vary for the different types of construction, so please reference the Fee Schedule or contact the Planning & Zoning Administration office for the appropriate fee. An accessory use or structure can only be added after a principle use or structure is constructed on the property.

All requests for conditional uses or structures must complete a Conditional Use Application to be heard by the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment. All prohibited uses and structures for each district are those not listed as permitted principle, permitted accessory, or conditional uses. However, a classification of unlisted uses is available on the basis of similarity, for the approval of a conditional use.

Please see the Fee Schedule or contact the Planning & Zoning Administration office for the appropriate fee. Be sure to review the Planning & Zoning Deadlines-2020 & 2021 to be sure your application is received in time to be published. A list of past building permits are below.

All projects requiring building permits must begin the applicable project within 180 days from the date of the building permit. Failure to do so will render the building permit void and require the property owner to start over with the building permit process and pay the applicable fees.

If the project has been started within the 180 days, but at the end of two (2) years the project is not substantially completed, said permit shall expire and be canceled by the Zoning Administrator with notice that further work as described in the canceled permit shall not proceed unless, and until, a new building permit is obtained. An extension can be requested for special circumstances.

Any structure that does not meet the minimum size or distance requirements will require a Variance Application, which will need to be heard by the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment. Please see the Fee Schedule or contact the Planning & Zoning Administration office for the appropriate fee. Be sure to review the Planning & Zoning Deadlines-2020 & 2021 to be sure your application is received in time to be published.

The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the County Commissioners, acting as the Board of Adjustment, on all Conditional Use and Variance  Applications. The Board of Adjustment will make the final decision at the regularly scheduled County Commissioners meeting the Tuesday after the Planning Commission Meeting. The Board of Adjustment will make the final decision at the regularly scheduled County Commissioners meeting the Tuesday after the Planning Commission Meeting. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation directly to the County Commissioners on all Appeals, Amendment or Change in Zoning, Plats, Comprehensive Plans, and Tax Increment Financing Districts. TIFD Guidelines can be accessed @ Davison County TID Guidelines-8-24-16. Please see the current Planning Commission Agenda for the date and time of the next meetings.

The past Planning Commission Minutes and Board of Adjustment Minutes are also available for your review. Be sure to review the Planning & Zoning Deadlines-2020 & 2021 to be sure your application is received in time to be published.

The 911 Rural Addressing Ordinance was adopted on July 1, 2008; in an effort to maintain the integrity of the established E-911 Addressing system. The system was designed to allow more accurate and timely response of emergency services to life threatening situations.

For a new development, the Developer may make suggestions as to possible names for the road. However, the purpose of the road name review is to maintain the integrity of the established system. Therefore, not all requests may be in the best interest of Emergency Management and may not be approved. Road Name requests will consider name duplication and similarity, which may hinder Emergency Services dispatched.

A Road Name Permission Slip must also be completed and approved by the Local Emergency Planning Commission. For roads already named, applicants must complete the 911 Rural Addressing Application to receive an address. It is important to note basic utilities are not able to be run to the property until a 911 Address has been established.

The Planning & Zoning Administrator will determine the address. Once an address is assigned, a 911 Address sign will be created for the property. Please see the Fee Schedule or contact the Planning & Zoning Administration office for the appropriate sign and installation fees.

The 911 address Sign & Post Placement shall be located within 10 feet of the driveway and within 1.5 feet of the right-of-way line or fence, on the right hand side of the driveway. The delineator post shall be driven into the ground at least 2.5 feet, with the sign at least 4 feet above ground level.

For small developments effort will be made to also have all addresses on the road sign post at the main entrance to the development.   If you are installing a new driveway, you will need to complete the Approach Application; which will need to be taken to the County Highway Shop on West 5th Street along with a $25 fee. Please read the application close to review what the process and costs are. If you live on a township road, contact your Township Board Members to see if they cover the costs.

The Davison County Plat Procedure explains the process of developing a plat; which is a map, or representation on paper of a piece of land subdivided into lots, parcels, tracts or blocks, including streets, commons, and public grounds, if any, all drawn to scale.

The original document must be drawn on a mylar type material. Every addition or subdivision within Davison County shall be uniquely named, in accordance with Section 1215 of the Davison County Zoning Ordinance.

All new plats will require an Agricultural Use Covenant Running with the Land which is an agreement between parties that adjacent land may be subjected to conditions resulting from agricultural operations. This agreement, once executed, runs with the land and cannot be separated from the land. The Planning and Zoning office can help provide you with the necessary Agricultural Covenant papers.

If the parcel is within the Mitchell city limits, or within the designated 3 mile area from the corporate limits, the Mitchell City Planning Commission must first approve the plat. Refer to the Mitchell City Planning Office for further details @ (605) 995-8433.The Mitchell City Planning Office is located inside City Hall.

For plats inside the 3 mile area from the corporate limits, once approved by the city, it will also need to be approved by the Davison County Planning Commission. Plats outside the designated 3 mile area are only required to be approved by the County Planning Commission and the County Commissioners. The plat shall be presented to the Planning and Zoning Administrator for consideration before the Planning & Zoning Deadlines-2020 & 2021. Please see the Fee Schedule or contact the Planning & Zoning Administration office for the appropriate plat consideration fee.

The County Commissioners will not approve the plat without the signature of the County Treasurer; who certifies that taxes, special assessments and advanced taxes are paid in full for the current year and any past years for the entire parcel being platted.

Be sure to review the Planning & Zoning Deadlines-2020 & 2021 to be sure your application is received in time to be put on the Agenda.

Documents Related to Planning & Zoning:  

 Past Building Permits, by taxable year:


drainage-bathke-logoThe originally Davison County Drainage Ordinance was adopted on July 1, 1987 in accordance with SDCL 46A-10A. The ordinance has since been revised, with an effective date of September 24, 2013; and can be found @ Davison County Drainage Ordinance.

The ordinance is intended to provide the basic guidance needed by the county Drainage Commission in carrying out drainage responsibilities. It is further intended to provide a framework for landowners for Davison County by which to plan and execute drainage activities which could affect not only their own land, but that of others as well.

For your convenience, a Drainage Flow Chart was created to assist in understanding the new ordinance. The Davison County Commissioners, under Chapter 46A-10A-2 established a Davison County Drainage Commission on October 25, 2011. The Drainage Commission is comprised of two voting County Commissioners and five residents of the county from various locations and backgrounds.

A Drainage Permit Application (Appendix A&B) must be completed prior to any work being started. Upon completion, any new drainage system must be registered with the Register of Deeds, in an effort to protect the landowner’s rights for future drainage repairs. The results of the application will determine if the project can be administratively approved, or if the project will require a drainage permit approved by the Davison County Drainage Commission. They will act on all drainage applications and complaints that are presented for action.

For protection of all past drainage systems rights, all land owners were given the opportunity to apply for Vested Drainage Rights prior to 1992. Decisions made by the Drainage Commission cannot be appealed to the County Commissioners, but are rather appealed to Circuit Court. Please see the Fee Schedule or contact the Planning & Zoning Administration office for the appropriate fee. Be sure to review the Drainage Deadlines 2020 & 2021 to be sure your application is received in time to be placed on the Agenda.   The current Drainage Commission Agenda and the recent past Drainage Commission Minutes are available for your review.

During the 1920’s and 1930’s there were twelve County Drainage Systems designed by the State Engineer, after the county was petitioned to form a Drainage District. However, not all were constructed and several have experienced natural and man-made changes over the last century. Those that were actually constructed were assessed back to the property owners who benefited from the project and are on file with the Planning and Zoning Administrator, who also serves as the Drainage Administrator.

Today, residents can see an open ditch on their property. However, most residents are not aware of the buried drainage tile projects that exist on their property; which could result in damage to the drainage system upon any excavation in the area. A PDF of the Drainage Systems are listed below, by Township. The red line will indicate an open ditch or a buried drain tile in the Drainage System.

Documents Related to Drainage: 

Flood Plain

The purpose of the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance 2010 is to promote public health, safety, and general welfare; and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in specific areas.

The provisions are designed to:

  • Protect Human life and health;
  • Minimize expenditure of public money for costly flood control projects;
  • Minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding and generally undertaken at the expense of the general public;
  • Minimize prolonged business interruptions;
  • Minimize damage to public facilities and utilities such as water and gas mains, electric, telephone, sewer lines, streets, and bridges located in flood plains;
  • Help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the sound use and development of flood prone Areas in such a manner as to minimize future flood blight areas; and
  • Insure that potential buyers are notified that property is in a flood area.

The Davison County Flood Plain Authority is the county/city limit line. Some areas of the county have been mapped, while others have not. The Planning & Zoning Administration Office can assist you with an aerial view of the property using the Geographic Information System (GIS), or the property owner can access the system @ on the “View Map” button.

A property owner can build in a flood plain, but will need to complete the Floodplain Development Permit Application, to include a flood proof plan. The property can also be built up with fill and the soil compacted to rise above the flood plain. The GIS system will also show elevation. A map amendment can also be completed, in an effort to remove property from the flood plain, as the last FEMA mapping expanded the floodplain area into land which was not in the floodplain in the past.

Documents Related to Flood Plain:

Geographic Information System (GIS)

graphical-gis-bathke-logoThe Geographic Information System (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

GIS allows the user to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

You can access the Geographic Information System @ on the “View Map” button.

A detailed explanation of the map system is @ GIS Directions-Website Version for Citizens.

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