TIME CHANGE:  Media briefing on COVID-19 for Thursday, April 2nd will be 3:30 pm 

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In response to the current COVID-19 outbreak; Mayor Sarah Caron and Watertown City Council have declared a public health emergency in the City of Watertown.  The emergency ordinance has taken effect on 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  For details regarding the ordinance please see the links below.

City Services

The City of Watertown is working to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Therefore, at this time, to protect the safety of the community and City staff, all public City buildings are closed.  City staff will continue to work, while following CDC guidelines, to provide services.

  • Building Services & Engineering permits will be provided electronically.
  • Watertown Municipal Utilities drive up window is open.
  • Watertown Landfill is open to commercial haulers and the general public.
  • Garbage Collectons will continue as normal.
  • Watertown Regional Library is providing curbside pickup.

Closed to Public Access

Parks, Recreation and Forestry Parks:  Click here to view announcement

Currently, the following facilities are closed to the public

  • City Hall
  • Prairie Lakes Wellness Center
  • Watertown Regional Library
  • The Park and Rec Fieldhouse
  • Bramble Park Zoo

Building Permits, Engineering Permits, Planning & Zoning Services

Permits provided by the City of Watertown are available online and can be submitted by email.

Building Services Permits can be completed and emailed to  For any questions, call Tonia Dalton at (605) 882-6201.  These permits include

Engineering Permits can be completed and emailed to  For any questions, call Marci at (605) 753-3597. These permits include

Planning & Zoning Services: Development applications can be completed and emailed to  For any questions, call Brandi at (605) 882-3528.  These applications include: Annexations, Zoning, Rezone, Vacations, Plats, Concept Plats, Preliminary Plans, Construction Plans, etc.  These applications will be emailed to the applicant, where instructions and questions can occur telephonically, with all required submittals coordinated via email, mail or hand delivery if appropriate and necessary.