General Information

An individual who wishes to carry a concealed pistol on or about his person or in a vehicle must obtain a Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol (SDCL 22-14-9). The pistol permit program is administered through the South Dakota Secretary of State's Office, and many questions related to the program can be answered by visiting the Secretary of State's Office Website. Additional information on this program may also be found in the following brochures: Concealed Carry Pistol Information and South Dakota Firearm Laws.

Application Process

The Sheriff's Office issues new and renewed concealed pistol permits to residents of Lake County who have completed the necessary application paperwork, completed and passed a background check, and paid the required fees. Applications may be filled out during regular business hours on Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once the background check has been completed, the applicant can return to the Sheriff's Office to receive a temporary permit. The actual permit card will be sent directly to the applicant from the Secretary of State's Office within approximately 30 days.

Types of Permits

For a comparison of the benefits, basic requirements, and renewal requirements for a Regular vs. Gold Card vs. Enhanced Permit, please view this brochure: Permit Specifications.

Upgrade Permit Style

To upgrade your old pistol permit to the new style:
Send a letter requesting a replacement to the Secretary of State's Office (500 E. Capitol Ave, Ste. 204, Pierre, SD 57501). Please include: Name, Permit Number, Date of Birth, Address, Signature, and a check for $2.00 made out to the Secretary of State's Office.

Announcements

NOTICE OF VACANCY - SHERIFF
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

LAKE COUNTY is currently seeking a candidate for appointment of a full-time Sheriff. The appointment will be made by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners. The appointment will begin on January 9, 2023, and end on January 5, 2025. All letters of interest must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022. Click here for the full Notice of Vacancy

Real Estate & Mobile Home Taxes - Second Half
Saturday, October 1, 2022

Second half property taxes are due by October 31. 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 October 31. Please send your tax stubs to ensure proper credit to the correct parcels of land.
Please note: Payments received or postmarked after October 31st will reflect a late fee and interest.

Application for Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption Due on 11/1
Saturday, October 1, 2022

Application must be made and submitted to the Director of Equalization on or before November 1.

Planning Commission Application Deadline - 10/25/2022
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Deadline to submit application to Zoning Officer for November Planning Commission meeting.

County Offices Closed - 10/10/2022
Friday, September 23, 2022

County offices will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2022, in observance of Native American Day.

Absentee Voting Begins - 9/23/2022
Friday, September 23, 2022

Absentee voting begins on 9/23/2022 for the General Election on 11/8/2022.

Riparian Buffer Strip Deadline - 10/15
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Applications are due to the Director of Equalization's office on or before October 15, 2022. Per SDCL 10-6-116, landowners may receive a reduction in property value of 40 percent of any eligible riparian buffer strip. The law specifies 575 lake listings and 11,000 miles of streams that are eligible.

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