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Posted on: June 9, 2021

2021 shaping up to be another busy year in Spearfish for building permits after record-breaking 2020

City of Spearfish

SPEARFISH, SD – Already in 2021, the City of Spearfish has seen $28.7 million in total building project valuations, compared to the same timeframe (January through May) in 2020, which saw $20.2 million, and 2019, at $13.9 million.

“This is great news for the City of Spearfish,” Building Official Tom Paisley said, describing there are several new developments underway, such as Sky Ridge and the Heartland at Country Side, and additional buildable lots in The Reserve on Higgins Creek, Elkhorn Ridge Golf Estates, and Top Shelf Addition.

The numbers for total project valuation come from an estimated cost of each project that requires a building permit, which is required new buildings, additions, alterations, repairs, basement finishes, etc. 

This year’s trend is following the record-breaking 2020, which had a total building project valuation of $54,968,747.32.

“This is the highest in the building department’s history,” Paisley said, describing that 2020 brought a balance of both residential and commercial projects. “Overall, we issued residential permits for 101 new residential units, which included 94 single-family dwellings and seven manufactured homes. This is 36 more residential units than we had in 2019.” 

The department also issued several commercial building permits, including the new ABC Enterprises shop, Spearfish Equipment, SoDak Storage, TWR Properties: Precision Dent Repair, Mensch Greenhouse, and Black Hills Energy’s new equipment enclosure. Other commercial projects included Spearfish Physical Therapy, Family Dollar, Real Deals, Ketel Thorstenson, office space in the former Knecht’s building, Salty Dog Self-Serve Dog Wash, Black Hills Moto, Smart Storage LLC, and The Giving Goat LLC.  

This year will also bring the adoption of the 2021 edition of the International Building Code, residential code, fire code, mechanical code, property maintenance code, existing building code, and mechanical code this summer, Paisley said.

“It is important for us to adopt the most recent editions of these codes to ensure that new construction in our community is built to the most recent standards for fire and life safety. The public has an expectation of building safety,” he said. “That expectation of safety is a result of what building officials and inspectors do every day. We strive to make the building permit process as easy as we can.”

Paisley described how plans are submitted and reviewed for code compliance, and after the plans have been approved, then inspectors perform several inspections during the construction phase, which include structural, HVAC, fire, plumbing, and final inspections prior to occupancy.  

“The City of Spearfish is fortunate to have a very knowledgeable team of professionals that have several years of experience in construction and code compliance,” Paisley said, adding that the staff work closely with other City offices, to include Planning and Zoning, Engineering, and Flood Plain, along with state entities like the Electrical Commission, Plumbing Commission, Health Department, Fire Marshall, and South Dakota DANR. “It is a team effort that provides minimum standards for safety in the built environment. We are also fortunate to have some very incredible contractors in our area that make our jobs easier.” 

Paisley complimented the staff for their hard work during these busy times, including Erica Bussiere, administrative assistant, who handles contractor licensing and building permits; Dennis Hafner, building inspector; and Brian Ulmer, plumbing/mechanical inspector.  

“I am grateful for these folks every day; they do an exceptional job!” Paisley said, adding that it is important for the public to realize the importance of Building Inspection. “We enforce minimum building code standards to ensure the homes we live in and the businesses we enter are safe.”

To make the process easier and more efficient, building permit applications, as well as contractor licenses applications, can be submitted online, and plans can be sent in PDF format. For more information, visit or call the Building and Development office at (605) 642-1335.


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