Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Campground Licensure

Step 1 — Complete Campground Licensing Packet

Download the following materials or call the Office of Health Protection at 605-773-4945 to request a packet.

Step 2 — Meet Requirements

  1. South Dakota Codified Law 34-18-23 requires campgrounds to notify department of construction and alteration projects.

    • 30 days before construction starts, submit scaled drawing of campground to the Office of Health Protection (recommended scale 1/8 " = 1 foot).

    • Complete plan review questionnaire and submit with plan to:
      SD Department of Health - Office of Health Protection - 600 E. Capitol - Pierre, SD - 57501-2536

  2. If the establishment uses private sewer or water systems, they must be approved by the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 605-773-3351.

  3. Complete, notarize, and submit application with correct fee 30 days before completion of construction to:
    SD Department of Health - Office of Health Protection - 600 E. Capitol - Pierre, SD - 57501-2536

Step 3 — Department of Health Review

  1. Department reviews layout plan and plan review questionnaire.

  2. Department sends written notification regarding approval or changes required.

  3. Department approves campground plan once it complies with ARSD 44:02:14.

Questions? Contact a Health Protection Advisor in your region.

Step 4 — State Inspection

During construction and before the business opens, the department conducts an onsite inspection to determine compliance with administrative rules.

Step 5 — Approval for Licensing

The department issues a campground license once the application is processed, plan review is completed, and final inspection determines compliance.

Additional Information Links

Governor's Office of Economic Development, Business Start-Up information
South Dakota Plumbing Commission
South Dakota Electrical Commission
South Dakota Department of Revenue

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