(Audubon) The Audubon County Board of Supervisors discussed building permits at Monday’s meeting.
Audubon County Board of Supervisor Chair Todd Nelson says just because Audubon County Rural residents are allowed to build an agriculture building in an agricultural zone, doesn’t mean they don’t need a building permit.
“The understanding has been that if you build ag in an ag zone your are exempt from a building permit. However, our process right now is that you apply for a building permit if you are building in an ag zone,” stated Nelson.
Nelson says in some counties they call it a zoning determination to make it less confusing.
“Because ag buildings, particularly hog confinements are exempt from zoning because the county has no authority to zone them,” said Nelson. “However we have some authority to determine whether or not it is fit.”
Nelson says in addition, part of the process is getting the building permits to flow through the county so the assessor is aware of what is being constructed.
“We want the permits to flow through the county so that the assessor is aware of the construction, and right now we are not doing that,” explained Nelson. “There are so many buildings that get built without a permit because there is this assumption that they don’t need a building permit if you are building ag in an ag. Well, some of them may be exempt from zoning, but never exempt from needing a building permit.”
The Audubon County Board of Supervisor’s are thinking about revamping the process.
November 21, 2011