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Construction is booming in South Dakota. In March 2017, the state added about 1,000 new construction jobs. Many cities are seeing a high demand for construction jobs. In Sioux Falls, construction was the seventh-biggest employer in 2015. If you’ve come to South Dakota to help with the increase in construction work, here’s what building in South Dakota entails.
Before you can build in South Dakota, you must apply for the right permits at the local city municipality. Most building work needs a permit. This includes building new structures, altering or adding on to existing buildings, doing renovations, and demolishing buildings. Depending on the type of work you’re doing, you may need to include drawn plans of the building project with your permit application.
For smaller projects like building fences, decks, garages, retaining walls, and swimming pools, check with your local building office if you need a permit for these.
In South Dakota, the local city or county municipalities issue licenses to general contractors. The state certifies or licenses only the following contractors:
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources certifies asbestos contractors. You will complete a training course and must pass an exam.
The South Dakota Electrical Commission issues licenses to electricians. You need to work as an apprentice four years and must pass your journeyman exam. Next, you’ll spend two years as a journeyman, which must include 2,000 hours of commercial work. The final step is writing the electrical contractor’s exam.
Plumbers apply to the State Plumbing Commission for contractor and journeyman licenses. Plumbing contractors need six years’ work experience with at least two years working as a plumbing contractor or plumber. Journeymen need four years of experience as an apprentice.
Prairie land characterizes South Dakota. The type of soil most commonly found on these rolling grasslands is Houdek soil. Houdek soil is a deep well-drained soil. It is made up of mostly decomposed grass and other organic material resulting in a dark rich soil. A backhoe loader is a medium-sized versatile excavator that works well here. It can dig up soft soil, move dirt, and backfill your site.
Over in the Black Hills, the soil is cool and moist in the forested areas. The soil here originates from rock that includes schists, slate, sandstone, limestone, siltstone, and shale. The result is soil that can be gravelly and ranges from loam to sandy loam. Standard excavation equipment works just fine to dig up this type of soil. For rockier soil, a trenching machine will cut through the harder ground in no time.
Once you know what the building site is going to need, head off to hire your equipment. Whether it’s earth moving equipment like bulldozers, material handling equipment like forklifts or aerial equipment like manlifts, scissor lifts, and boom lifts, they’re all available to rent.
South Dakota’s economy grew faster in 2016 than anywhere else in the United States. This is a good sign for construction. The building industry is already reaping the rewards. Contractors have their books full with all the work coming their way. The outlook looks good, and there’ll be plenty more coming their way.