Kirk Chaffee, Director of Equalization/Planning

1300 Sherman Street, Suite 222
Sturgis, SD 57785
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday *excluding holidays




Rhea Crane, Deputy Director of Equalization

1300 Sherman Street, Suite 222
Sturgis, SD 57785
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday *excluding holidays




Bill Rich Bill Rich, Deputy Director of Planning

1300 Sherman Street, Suite 222
Sturgis, SD 57785
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday *excluding holidays




Appeal Deadlines

Local Board of Equalization:  Written appeal must be filed with the clerk of the local board on or before the Thursday preceding the third Monday in March.

County Board of Equalization:  Written appeal must be filed with the County Auditor on or before the 1st Tuesday in April.

Appeals are for the current assessment year, taxes payable the following year. 


The Meade County Director of Equalization is appointed by the Meade County Board of Commissioners.

The function of the Director of Equalization Office is to annually value all real property in Meade County at its full and true value.  The Director of Equalization and his staff are responsible for discovering, listing, and valuing all real property within Meade County.  They are also responsible for linking real properties to their respective owners and placing assessed values and owners' names on the assessment roles.  Types of proeprties included in the assessment process are:  residential, commercial, industrial, and agriculture classes of property.  The office is responsible for determining the taxable value of over 19,000 parcels.

The Director of Equalization has a number of additional responsibilities which include providing equalization between classes of property; deciding on adjustments to properties; reviewing all abatement; administering all state laws pertaining to the ad valorem property tax assessment; providing for the review and appeal of assessments; testifying in court on assessments; and deciding on tax exemptions and tracking each exemption.

The Director of Equalization and his staff must be certified by the South Dakota Department of Revenue to assess real property for tax purposes.  After initial certification, appraisers must be re-certified every five years. The requirements for re-certification include: attending and passing the annual Department of Revenue sponsored school, attending workshops, and attending the South Dakota Association of Assessing Officers conferences. 


The Meade County Planning Office serves our citizens to perform a vital role in the vision of the county and acts as the primary coordinator in the development, adoption, and implementation of the county's policies for residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural growth. The office provides both current and long range planning services to the various county boards, including the Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment and County Commissioners, as well as to the general public and also coordinates planning activities with our municipalities.  Our vision of the future for planning is unique in that Planning is citizen driven; citizens, through their local government, should work together to direct and guide the planning process.

The Planning office reviews subdivisions, site plans, and variances, building plans, permit issuance, and is also responsible for the development and enforcement of the Subdivision, Building, Wastewater, Signs and other ordinances to enhance our community.  It is the goal of the Planning office to provide timely, responsive and helpful service to all members of the public.  We are committed and dedicated to promote sound planning that benefits the citizens of Meade County.

We are pleased to provide you the information contained on this website, and hope it helps you understand and participate in the planning and development review process. We welcome your comments and suggestions so please do not hesitate to contact us with your thoughts and ideas about how we can improve our services. Thank you.

Economic Development

Meade County is a dynamic prosperous area and is a balanced, growing community with economic opportunities for income potential allowing personal independence.  Our goal is to foster a strong economic environment which supports businesses and the expansion of those businesses nurturing growth and new investment in the region, creating new jobs which provide year around employment throughout Meade County, while maintaining a high quality of life with a livable wage.

Meade County is where the community accepts that a certain level of growth and development are healthy and necessary to maintain our quality of life; where the enjoyment of a suburban and rural lifestyle is allowed without the necessity of urban services.  We are focused on advancing the long-term economic viability of the suburban areas by encouraging and supporting small business and manufacturing as well as in our rural areas with an emphasis on ranching, farming, forestry, and other businesses consistent with the unique character of Meade County.

Growth is encouraged where appropriate infrastructure exists or is planned to exist, thus enabling urban, suburban and rural lifestyles to coexist; where the community is engaged with their elected leadership to accept responsibility for contributing to the solutions of continued community growth.

If you are looking for a pleasant and secure place to raise your family, start a small business, or expand an industry, we are a county with a healthy and positive attitude, nurturing growth and excellence, choosing Meade County is a wise choice.

To all current and potential new business owners:

  • If your business is within the unincorporated part of the county and you want information or help, please contact Kirk Chaffee or Bill Rich at the Meade County Equalization & Planning Department

  • If your new business is located within the city limits of one of the following, please contact that municipality for information or help:

City of Sturgis
City of Summerset
City of Faith
City of Box Elder
City of Piedmont

  • Many residents of Meade County find the venture of running a home business very profitable and satisfying economically. A home occupation can satisfy the needs of a parent with young children at home, a retired person who may have limited mobility, or just someone who likes the convenience of making some extra income in the comfort of their own surroundings.  For information on starting home businesses within the County, please contact Kirk Chaffee or Bill Rich at the Meade County Equalization & Planning Department.

  • Sturgis Economic Development Corporation 


  • 911 Address Request Form (ONLINE | PDF)
  • Application for Ag Status (PDF)
  • Application for an Approach Permit (PDF)
  • Application for an Approach Permit Instruction Sheet (PDF)
  • Application for Continuing Tax Exempt Status of a Private Organization (PDF)
  • Application for Paraplegic Property Tax Reduction (PDF)
  • Application for Property Tax Exempt Status (PDF)
  • Building Permit (ONLINEPDF)
  • Certificate of Real Estate Value (PDF)
  • Certification of Owner-Occupied Dwelling (PDF)
  • Certification of Owner-Occupied Dwelling (CONTRACTOR ONLY) (PDF)
  • Complaint Form (ONLINEPDF)
  • Objection to Real Property Assessment (PDF)
  • Objection to Real Property Assessment of Bare Agricultural Land Only (PDF)
  • Onsite Water Treatment System - Time of Sale Inspection Form (PDF)
  • Percolation Test Results (PDF)
  • Planning and Zoning Application (ONLINE | PDF)
  • Septic System Time of Sale Inspection Form (PDF)
  • Subcontractor List for Permit Application (PDF)



2015 Building Permit Reports 

2014 Building Permit Reports

2013 Building Permit Reports

2012 Building Permit Reports

2011 Building Permit Reports