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Any exterior project located in a historic district that requires a building permit may be subject to a process called “11.1 Review” by the Brookings Historic Preservation Commission, pursuant to SDCL 1-19A-11.1. For more information, please refer to Historic Preservation Commission's 11.1 Review Process
You do not need a permit, but there are regulations you must follow. Call the City engineer's office at (605) 692-6629.
You must go before the Board of Adjustment. Pick up an application at the located at 520 3rd Street, Suite 140 Brookings, SD 57006
The City Council is a part-time legislative body responsible for the legislative function of the city: reviewing and adopting policies responsive to the community. All of the council members serve at large, which means that each member represents the entire city.
Reach out to Brookings City Council Members by contacting them via phone or email. If you are referencing a specific agenda item, please note if you would like your comment to be made public record and include which item on the agenda the comment is in reference to.
Brookings City and County Government Center520 3rd StreetChambers, Room 310 (3rd floor)Brookings, SD 57006
City Council regular meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. These are open public meetings and anyone is welcome to attend.
City Council study sessions are held the third Tuesday of each month in the Council Chambers. The purpose of a study session is for educational information on previously-agreed upon issues. Either the City Management or the City Council can request that specific items be put on the Study Session calendar for a more in depth discussion. Items range from specific projects, to upcoming legislation, to entire City departments giving updates. This format allows Council Members and staff to hold in-depth discussions on issues. These are open public meetings and anyone is welcome to attend. However, no public hearings or public input will be received, except by specific invitation of the Council for purposes of education on the specific issue at hand. The topics will then be forwarded to a future, regular Council meeting for action.
An ordinance is a permanent legislative act – which necessitates changes in our current laws, policies or procedures as a city – within the limits of its power of the City Council. All ordinances shall be read twice by title with at least five days between each reading.
A resolution is any determination, decision, or direction of the City Council of a temporary or special character for the purpose of initiating, effecting, or carrying out its administrative duties and functions. A resolution may be passed after only one reading. If a resolution is on the current agenda, it is up for a vote at that meeting.
All ordinances shall be read twice by title with at least five days between each reading. A “first reading” ordinance is only a reading. At the meeting, it is open for public comment but no votes are taken. A “second” or “final reading” ordinance is set for action. At the meeting, it is open for public comment and votes are taken.
All City Council meetings are broadcast live on a variety of channel. Tune in live:
All City Council meetings are later available to watch via YouTube and on local cable channel 9 (Swiftel and Mediacom). Cable rebroadcast schedule: Wednesday, 1:00pm; Thursday, 7:00pm; Friday, 9:00pm; and Saturday, 1:00pm
Council agendas are available on the Calendar page. Hard copies are also available at the City Manager’s Office located on the second floor of City Hall. (520 3rd Street, Suite 230 Brookings, SD 57006) Agendas are available with “full packets.” This means that each agenda item’s supporting paperwork is contained within the file, so the full text of legislation can be viewed.
The City of Brookings has eComment available for residents to digitally submit public comment for City Council meetings. Make an eComment here.
The South Dakota Department of Health Updates their FAQ on a regular basis as more information about the COVID-19 Virus becomes available.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person that has not been previously identified. It is currently in the United States and most other countries in the world. Health experts are concerned because this new virus spreads easily and has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people — especially people over age 60 or who have weakened immune systems.
The virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet, or 2 arm lengths). It spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection. This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Health experts are still learning more about the spread and severity of illness COVID-19 causes. LEARN MORE >
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. This list is not all possible symptoms. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. LEARN MORE >
If you have COVID-19-like symptoms or think you have been exposed, contact your health care provider.
Do not go to the emergency room, unless it is a medical emergency. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have difficulty breathing, it doesn’t mean you have novel coronavirus, but you should call 911.
If you’re over 60 and you have underlying conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease, come up with a plan with your doctor to identify your health risks for COVID-19 and how to manage symptoms. Contact your doctor right away if you do have symptoms.
It’s important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The following can protect you and others:
There are no medications specifically approved for COVID-19. Most people with mild COVID-19 illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases may require medical care or hospitalization.
The CDC recommends that in communities like Brookings, where there is significant community-based transmission, all individuals cover their noses and mouths with a mask / face covering to prevent spreading COVID-19. We know people with COVID-19 may not show symptoms and can still spread the virus to others. Research indicates wearing a mask / face covering can significantly reduce the spread. We have made progress slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community, but most people do not have immunity to the disease and remain susceptible. As a community, a surge of new cases could make many more people ill and overwhelm our health care system’s ability to treat those with serious complications of the disease and non-COVID related emergencies.
All individuals are required to wear a mask in any indoor business and/or indoor public space if six (6) feet or more of social distancing isn’t possible. Exceptions are listed here.
Anyone who is experiencing even mild COVID-like symptoms should isolate themselves away from others and call their health care provider.
Getting tested as soon as possible is important to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Anyone with these symptoms should call their provider to be evaluated for a test:
It is important to isolate yourself as soon as you develop symptoms, even before you are tested, because if you have COVID-19, you are already contagious.
Most testing is completed through your health care provider. You should call your healthcare provider if you feel sick, live in the same household as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Each health care system has its own testing processes. Many providers require appointments to prevent overcrowding and to be sure that they have supplies.
Maybe; not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested, call your health care provider first. Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care and may not need to be tested.
Quarantine is put into place to prevent the possible spread of an infectious disease from someone who may have been exposed to the disease but is not yet sick. When people are quarantined, they are kept separate from others until they are out of the period when they could get sick. During that time, health officials track their health so that if they do develop symptoms, they can get them to a health care provider quickly for evaluation, testing if needed, and care.
Yes. Quarantine is for people who are not currently showing symptoms but are at increased risk for having been exposed to an infectious disease. Quarantine is for people who could become sick and spread the infection to others. Isolation is used for people who are currently ill and able to spread the disease and who need to stay away from others in order to avoid infecting them.
When people are in self-quarantine, they have no symptoms, but because there is a possibility that they might have been exposed, they stay away from others in public settings. For 14 days from their last possible exposure, people in self-quarantine cannot go to work, school, or any public places where they could have close contact with others. Public health departments direct them in how to monitor their health so that should they develop symptoms, they can be quickly and safely isolated from all others, including those in their household.
You should keep apart from others, even in your household, as much as possible. Stay away from others, even if you are not showing symptoms, because the virus can spread before symptoms appear.
Most people who get COVID-19 will be able to recover at home. CDC has directions for people who are recovering at home and their caregivers, including:
Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Create a household plan of action to help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. Use our checklist to make your Household Game Plan.
Plan for potential changes at your workplace. Talk to your employer about their emergency operations plan, including sick-leave policies and telework options. Learn how businesses and employers can plan for and respond to COVID-19.
Pandemics are stressful. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. However, these actions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger. LEARN MORE >
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. The name of the virus that causes COVID-19 is the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses and other more deadly coronaviruses including SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. SARS stands for ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome’. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in a certain geographical area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. For larger South Dakota counties, the South Dakota Department of Health determines the level of community spread based on the number of new cases per week over the previous two weeks per 100,000 population.
Fully recovered clinically means that there are no more lingering effects. In terms of the Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard, recovered means that the infected person no longer needs to be isolated. Learn more in our epi mini-lesson.
Community mitigation is a set of actions that people and communities can take to slow the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. The goal of community mitigation in areas with local COVID-19 transmission is to slow its spread and to protect all individuals, especially those at increased risk for severe illness, while minimizing the negative impacts of these strategies.
Herd immunity occurs when a high enough percentage of the population becomes immune that a virus cannot be easily transmitted from person-to-person. Immunity is typically achieved through having the disease or through vaccinations. With regard to COVID-19, it has been estimated that to achieve herd immunity 60-80% of the population may need to be immune. Since there currently is no vaccine, the only way to achieve immunity now is to be infected; however, it is not known how long this natural immunity lasts. Additionally, long-lasting effects of COVID-19 have been reported, which would be a problem with achieving immunity via being infected. Learn more in our epi mini-lesson.
The case count is the number of confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 that have been reported in the county. A confirmed case is a person that has been diagnosed using a RT-PCR test (an accurate laboratory method). A probable case is a person that has been diagnosed using an antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 (not as accurate as RT-PCR, but a more rapid test). The South Dakota Department of Health website gives information on both confirmed and probable cases.
A running average smooths out short-term fluctuations in data and highlights longer-term trends. An example of fluctuations in the data that occur are on weekends when data are less likely to be reported and when there are smaller numbers. The intent of taking a running average is to give a more representative view of what is going on with new cases or identify trends over time. Learn more in our epi mini-lesson.
The case fatality rate is the percent of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 that died from COVID-19. Since it is a percentage, you have to define a numerator and a denominator. The numerator is the number of people who died from COVID-19. Because new cases are being diagnosed daily, the denominator includes only people who have recovered per CDC definition (active cases could still die) as well as those who died. Learn more in our epi mini-lesson.
Cause of death is determined by either the attending licensed physician, physician assistant, or certified nurse practitioner. If there was no attending health professional, the county coroner is responsible. If there is no coroner, the local registrar prepares the death certificate based on statements of relatives or other individuals who know the facts. All these individuals must have training in the registering of death certificates. Learn more in our epi mini-lesson.
Misinformation is false information that is spread, regardless of intent to mislead. Learn more in our epi mini-lesson.
The City of Brookings is an equal opportunity employer.
If you live north of 8th Street South:• Garbage and yard waste will be picked up on Tuesdays• Recycling and yard waste will be picked up on Fridays
If you live north of 8th Street South:• Yard waste will be picked up on Tuesdays and Fridays
You do need to have a Brookings Public Library card to use this service.
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Masks / face coverings should:
When wearing a mask / face covering:
It’s a good idea to wash your mask / face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep masks / face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your mask / face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.
Discard masks / face coverings that:
No. For outdoor events (that do not require a permit by the city), masks are not required. However, you are highly encouraged to wear a mask, especially if social distancing of six feet is not possible.
A mask / face covering does not need to be worn by an individual who meets one of the following exceptions:
Children under two (2) years of age should not wear a mask / face covering.
Yes, individuals standing behind plastic/acrylic barriers will still need to wear a mask unless 6’ of social distancing can be maintained.
No, business owners are not required to enforce the mask mandate. Individuals (i.e customers/clients) are responsible to follow the rules set forth in the mask mandate; however, business owners are encouraged to take the Brookings Stay Safe Pledge and reserve the right to refuse service to a non-compliant individual if they choose. Business owners are responsible for making sure that their employees as well as themselves are compliant. If there is an issue, the business may call the Brookings Police Department non-emergency line at 605-692-2113.
If there is an issue, businesses can call the Brookings Police Department non-emergency line to report non-compliance. Customers who have medical requirements that do not allow them to wear masks can simply state so and no verification should be required. If there appears to be unwarranted use of this exemption, the City will likely review, but we hope people will be honest in use of this exemption. Businesses can reserve the right to refuse service. If social distancing is available and observed by everyone, the business may choose to recognize this circumstance and masks are not required in this instance.
Businesses are not required to provide masks for customers, but it is encouraged. Individuals are responsible for acquiring and providing their own face covering. The City of Brookings has face coverings available for residents who do not have one.
Businesses are not required to post signage stating that masks are required, however, it is encouraged.
To report a violation or concern, contact the Brookings Police Department Non-Emergency Line: 605-692-6323
The goal of the ordinance is to provide safety and well-being for all community members through clear communication and education. Individuals who are not following the ordinance may face a fine for non-compliance.
If social distancing of 6’ or more is being practiced in an indoor space (or waiting in line to enter an indoor space), masks are not required. The wearing of face coverings is, however, highly encouraged.
Buildings or businesses that are zoned commercial or considered a commercial space must adhere to the mandate at all times.
A City-sanctioned event is any event that requires a permit from the City of Brookings to happen. An example of this would be an event that requires a street closure, like a parade.