Belle Fourche, SD

Application & Guide

Applications can be found at the bottom of this page and at the Engineering Department office.
** If you do not know if you need a building permit, please click here or contact us **
If you are looking for a contractor for a specific type of project (roofing, HVAC, masonry, etc.), the Engineering Department provides lists of licensed contractors with accompanying contact information for various specialties of work. For more information and a comprehensive list of specialties of work, please click here.
If you are not sure if a contractor is licensed for this year, please contact us. The Engineering Department has a complete list of licensed general contractors, electricians, and plumbers. Click here to read licensing and insurance requirements for Belle Fourche.
All addresses outside of city limits must contact Butte County Equalization and Planning for Butte County building permits.
Butte County Equalization and Planning's phone number is 605-892-3950.
The following are the two criteria required before an application can be processed:
  1. The property must within city limits
  2. ALL contractors involved must be licensed in the City of Belle Fourche and are appropriately insured
**owners of the property are not required to be licensed as contractors**
Building permits cannot be issued unless both of these criteria are met.
Building Permit Application
Are you filling out an application for a project including new construction or for a project that is not new construction?
Permits that are not for New Construction:
  1. Fill out all of the highlighted boxes
         *Please ensure the very first highlighted box, labeled "Building Address" is filled out as well*
  1. Sign and date the bottom of the application
  2. If your project requires a site plan, please see below for site plan requirements
Permits that are for New Construction:
  1. Fill out both the highlighted and white areas of the application
  2. Sign and date the bottom of the application
  3. Click the "New House/Building Guideline Packet" at the bottom of the page for new construction building plan requirements.
Projects Requiring a Site Plan:
  • New Construction
  • Additions
  • Alterations (depending on the alteration)
  • Decks (new or extending - not repairs)
  • Fences (new or extending - not repairs)
  • Signs (new or extending - not repairs)
Site Plan Requirements:
  • Cardinal directions
  • Labeled streets and alleyways
  • Accurate measurements of the project itself (what is being built or altered)
  • Accurate measurements of distance between the project and the back, side, and front property lines respectively (property setbacks)
** Click here for property setback guidelines **
All site plans must be approved by either the Building Inspector or one of the City Engineers before a permit can be issued.
Building Permit Prices:
Click here to go to the Building Permit Fees page for individual prices. 
Building permit fees are dependent on the estimated cost of construction.
If the owner is doing the work themselves, the fee will be dependent on the material cost.
If the owner is hiring a licensed contractor, the fee is dependent on material and labor cost.
All estimated costs of construction must be:
  • Rounded up to the nearest $100.00 for costs under $1,000.00
  • Rounded up to the nearest $1,000.00 for costs $1,000.00 or more
Submission Options:
In person:
The Engineering Department is on the 2nd floor of City Hall
Please send email submissions to
Please address mail submissions to:
City of Belle Fourche Attn: Engineering Department
511 6th Avenue, Belle Fourche, SD 57717
Payment Options:
*We ask that applicants wait to pay for permits until their application has been approved by the Engineering Department.*
Payment Submission Options:
  • In person
  • Over-the-phone
  • Mail
Payment Type Options:
  • Check (preferred)
  • Cash
  • Card
Please note: there is a 2.8% service fee for all card transactions done both in person and over the phone.
Please write checks out to City of Belle Fourche.
Building Permit Placards:
Once a permit is issued, a building permit placard must be placed on the property where it can be seen from the street. Placards are the cardstock signs that state the address, owner, building permit number, issue date, and the type of project the permit was issued for. Placards help the Engineering Department identify legally issued projects within the city.
Once a project is finished, the placard is to be discarded.
Building Inspections:
If your project requires an inspection, you will need to get in contact with the Building Inspector, Shannon Kirsch, to schedule and complete an inspection. Shannon's contact information is on the top right corner of this page. If you do not know if you need an inspection, click here or you can contact us using the information in the top right corner of this page.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.