The Lake County Board of Adjustment consists of the five (5) members of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. The term of each member of the Board of Adjustment coincides with the respective County Commissioner terms. County zoning officials may be appointed as ex-officio members of the Planning Commission.


Meetings are held at the call of the chairperson and at such other times as the Board of Adjustment may determine. Typically, the Board of Adjustment meetings are held in the Commission Room on regular County Commission meeting days, which take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. All meetings of the Board of Adjustment are open to the public and conducted in accordance with the rules established by the Board of Adjustment.


  • Administrative Review: To hear and decide where it is alleged by the appellant that there is an error in any order, requirement, permit decision, or determination made by the county zoning official or other administrative officers in the carrying out or enforcement of any provision of the Zoning Ordinance, and for interpretation of the Zoning Map.

  • Conditional Uses: To hear and decide applications for conditional uses that are specified in the Zoning Ordinance and for decisions on any special questions upon which the Board of Adjustment is specifically authorized to pass.

  • Variance: To hear and decide applications for variance from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance because of unnecessary hardship and to authorize upon appeal in specific cases such variance from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance as which will not be contrary to the public interest, where, owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship and so that the spirit of the ordinance is observed and substantial justice done.

  • Any other duties as outlined in the Zoning Ordinance.

Current Agenda

Zoning Legals - 5/7/24 @ 10:00 a.m.

Archived Agendas and Minutes


2024 Planning and Zoning Deadlines

Please contact the Zoning Officer for what the Application Deadline all refers to (ie, a review period may be required to meet the deadline). A complete application means that all fees have been paid, taxes paid (if applicable), all required information provided, and any additional information requested by the Zoning Officer needed to make a determination as to whether the request complies with the subdivision and/or zoning ordinance.


Plat Deadline - 4/29/2024
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Complete applications due for Plats to be considered at 5/7/24 meeting

CUP / Variance Deadline - 4/22/24
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Complete applications due for CUPs and Variances to be considered at the 5/7/24 meeting

Real Estate & Mobile Home Taxes - First Half
Monday, April 1, 2024

First half of Real Estate and Mobile Home Taxes due by the end of April. Please bring your tax notices with you. Tax payments must be made for the exact amount only.
Tax payments may be sent to the Treasurer's Office at 200 E. Center St, Madison, SD 57042 and MUST be postmarked by April 30. Please send your tax stubs to ensure proper credit to the correct parcels of land. Please note: Payments received or postmarked after April 30th will reflect a late fee and interest.

Property Tax Payment Drop Box
Monday, April 1, 2024

The Treasurer's Office also offers a drop box for property tax payments located between the double doors of the north entrance to the courthouse. Payments must include the payment coupon or parcel number with each payment and be in the exact amount only (all others will be returned). If you would like a receipt, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Payments dropped off after 4:30 p.m., M-F will be credited the following business day.

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