Planning & Zoning

Our offices are open M-F from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but please refrain from visiting if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID 19. We are still offering all of our services online or per email and phone call during business hours. We can be reached in the following ways:

1. Email each of us individually at the adjacent emails

2. General email is

3. Call 605-578-3871 (we will return calls as soon as we can)

4. All online forms can be found at

Coronavirus is disrupting “business as usual” around the world, around the region, and around the corner. An important reminder that this is a rapidly evolving situation our priority is to ensure that staff, residents, and all who live, work, play, and learn in Lawrence County are healthy and safe. Thank you for patience!


The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for managing the physical growth of the unincorporated area of the County. The regulations used to manage the County are found in the Lawrence County Comprehensive Plan, the Lawrence County Zoning Ordinances, and the Lawrence County Subdivision Regulations. Other responsiblities include but are not limited to:

  • Building Inspections
  • Building Permit Applications
  • Code Enforcement
  • Contractor Licensing
  • Flood Plain Administration
  • Land Use Applications
  • Occupancy Permits
  • Plats
  • Septic Systems
  • Signage
  • Zoning Compliance
  • Zoning Enforcement
View of the Lawrence County Administrative Annex

Lawrence County Comprehensive Plan

The Lawrence County Comprehensive Plan is the official document used to guide decisions on land use matters. The comprehensive plan is designed to anticipate and deal constructively with changes occurring within the County. The Lawrence County Zoning Ordinances and the Subdivision Regulations are specific documents to be used in conjunction with the Comprehensive Plan.

The Comprehensive Plan is currently being updated with the help of Black hills Council of Local Government. If you would like to follow the process please check out the website earmarked for the updates and the plan. You can also sign up to receive notifications of meetings etc.

Planning & Zoning Board

The County Commissioners adopt land use plans and ordinances after recommendations are received from the Planning and Zoning Board. The Planning and Zoning Board consists of one County Commissioner and six citizen members appointed by the Commission to five year terms. The Planning and Zoning Board meets once a month to consider land use matters such as rezonings, Conditional Use Permits, Plats and other matters. The Planning Department staff provides research and technical support to the Commission and Board to assist in the decision making process.