Community Development

Community Development staff plays a vital role in the physical expansion of the Watertown community by providing centralized administration and information regarding construction, inspection, zoned district uses, signage, International Building Codes Adopted, and City ordinance compliance. 

Additional Duties

The Community Development staff works closely with the Engineering Department, and other departmental staff, on issues pertaining to development, planning and zoning, excavation, sidewalks, filling and grading, Storm Water Phase II regulations, storm water and floodplain management, flood hazard areas, etc.

If you have questions, or if you are planning a building project, please contact us.   You may submit an online application to apply for a building permit. 

National Public Works Week

Sunday, May 21, 2023 - Saturday, May 27, 2023

More information can be found here about the national celebration!

To view the City of Watertown Public Works Week flyer, then click here

National Public Works Week Coloring Contest

Congratulations! Matonta, Greta, and Gwendolyn are the three winners for the National Public Works Week coloring contest. View their winning pictures below. Thank you to everyone who sent in a coloring sheet! We had over 20 submissions across all categories. Happy National Public Works Week!

Daily Events

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the kickoff event, Touch A Truck, Saturday, May 20 at the Watertown Regional Airport from 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m. Each weekday a different division of the Public Works Department will be highlighted through social media and special events if applicable. To be sure you see our educational posts, get event information, and stay informed on City activities, then please follow the Public Works Department Facebook page! For more details on each event go to the individual Facebook events or click here


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Contact Us

Hours of Operation:

Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 5:00pm 


(605) 882-6201


23 2nd St. NE
Watertown, SD 57201-0250