November 30, 2022

Planning and Economic

420 Mount Rushmore Road
Custer, SD 57730-1934

Phone: (605) 673-8174
Fax: (605) 673-8150


Planning Director: Terri Kester
[email protected]

Deputy Planner: Laura Rosane
[email protected]

Planning Technician: Brandon DeNoma
[email protected]


The Department of Planning and Economic Development is committed to providing to the public all necessary information concerning ordinances, procedures and permits governing land use and development in the County. The department strives to balance growth initiatives, respect for private property rights and protection of cultural and natural resources. This department also provides technical planning guidance and assistance to the Planning Commission as well as to the Board of County Commissioners.

The Comprehensive Plan can be viewed at the Office of the Auditor or purchased from the Planning Department.

*Planning Commission meetings are the first Tuesday of every month at 4 pm in the Commissioner’s Room of the Custer County Courthouse

Meeting Calendar

Planning Commission Agendas         Planning Commission Minutes


Click CITIZEN PORTAL to apply online for approach, wastewater, and building permits.


Permitting Process
Permit Process

Approach Permit
Approach Permit Application
Approach Construction Requirements

Building Permits
Permit Setbacks
Building Permit Application
Permit Requirements
Relocation Permit

Variance Requests
Variance Request Form

Waste Water Information
Waste Disposal Permit Application
Certified Installer Worksheet
Building Wastewater Setbacks
Septic System Distance
List of Certified Septic System Installers
Manner for Conducting Percolation Test
Percolation Test Worksheet
Summary of State and County Septic System Requirements

Floodplain Development
Floodplain Development Permit & Application

Platting Information
Application for Planning Review
Plat checklist
Platting Procedure
Generic Site Plan

Ordinance #2 – Subdivision and Land Use
Ordinance #2 – 1st Revision
Ordinance #6 Revised Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance
Ordinance #12 – Signs
Ordinance #15 – Cell Tower
Airport Ordinance

County Road and Highway
Road Specs Approved

Fees and Permits
Fee and Permit Rates

Cell Tower
Cell Tower Application

Plumbing Permit
(605) 773-3429

Electrical Permit
(800) 233-7765

Section Lines
Section Line Vacation
Section Line Highway Improvement

Record of Property Division
Record of Property Division by Aliquot Description
Access Map Review Procedures

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