Building Permits

Applying for a permit

One of the most important parts of getting ready to order a building, whether shed or garage, is checking to see what zoning codes apply to your area. Rural areas are usually more lax, but especially for people who live in cities, towns, or subdivisions there may be restrictions on size, color, and sometimes even style that have to be approved by a council or business official before ordering. In many places any building over a tiny garden shed size does require a permit, so its necessary to always check with local government or your subdivision board.

We understand that pulling permits and checking into zoning is something that you would normally never have to do unless you are a contractor or builder, so we’ve set up a guide below to help you out with the process and make it less complicated.

When do I need to have the permit

If a permit is required, it will be necessary to have that before you order a building with Dakota Storage. If the process is delayed, the permit at the very latest can be verified before a deposit is made and the sales agreement is signed. Once we have contracted a building we can’t refund the deposit, creating a sticky situation if a city or town refuses to have a certain type of building on your property. This is also why it’s so much easier all around to check on this with your local municipal before calling us to order the building.

Where do I go for a permit

The first step is to find your city or town’s website to find out zoning codes and how to pull a permit in that particular county or town, or if you have limited or no internet access to call the local municipality, town hall or county seat.

Internet Search Example >> If you type "Zoning, Milbank SD" in your search engine, one of the first websites to come up is Most towns have pages like these set up for your convenience. If you cannot find the information that you need, call your town hall or local municipality, and they will help you get started on any necessary permits or permissions. This is usually not a complicated process, though there are sometimes fees attached to pulling permits for which the customer is responsible to pay.

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Tip: When applying for a permit be prepared to bring the building specifications: style, size, color and placement for them to review before the permit can be pulled.

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