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As a general rule, you need a minimum of 3 acres if you will be served by a rural or city water district and have a private septic system. You need 5 acres if you have a private well and private septic system. However, there are other considerations for whether or not a house can be built on a particular tract. Always contact Planning and Zoning prior to purchasing a tract in the rural area to determine if a house could be built there.
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A building permit is needed for all site built dwellings and accessory structures, as well as manufactured homes, moved in homes and all additions to structures. However, a building permit is not needed for small storage sheds 120 square feet or less, fences, play houses and play equipment. Agricultural structures need to obtain a permit in order to make sure they are not being placed in any floodplain and that they have the proper setbacks. There is no fee for any agricultural structure on 40 acres or more.
Please visit our Licensing and Permitting Guide for more information.
For most new accessory buildings or additions, the fee is $50. For new dwellings outside of a sewer district, the fee is $200. For more detailed information visit our Licensing and Permitting Guide.
Please reference our Licensing and Permitting Guide for questions on how to apply for a building permit. Applications are now all online, and can be access via our new Permitting Portal. If you are building a new house, always contact Planning and Zoning prior to purchasing a tract to ensure that a new house can be located on the tract.