Pipestone County
and Zoning

Office Address
119 2nd Ave. S.W. Ste. 13
Pipestone, MN 56164

Hours of Opperation
Monday - Friday
8:00 - 4:30

Phone: 825-6765
Fax: 825-6782

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Welcome to the Pipestone Conservation & Zoning Office
The Conservation and Zoning Office was created by the merger of the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District and County Zoning Office. The Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District provides assistance to protect and preserve the county's natural resources. The Zoning Office permits and enforces activities which include land use, feedlots, septic, shoreland, wind development, and solid waste.

 Be Septic Smart!pumping_inspection
Did you know that one-quarter of all U.S. homes have septic systems? Yours may be one of them. Septic Tanks should be pumped at a minimum of every two years. If you’re not properly maintaining your septic system, you’re not only hurting the environment, you’re putting your family’s health at risk—and may be flushing thousands of dollars down the drain! Get SepticSmart and learn proper care for your home's septic system, saving you costly repairs and helping protect the environment. To Learn more log onto the EPA's Website by Clicking Here.


Wells can be dangerous and a source of groundwater contamination if not used properly. 

We would like to remind you that we have money available to help you get your unused wells sealed. Our office will fund up to 50% of the cost to seal your well. All you need to do is fill out a simple application. Then once your well is sealed bring us a copy of the bill and the well sealing record and before you know it you will have a check in your hand to help assist you with the cost of sealing your well.

It's that easy! So stop in or call today.

Prairie Conservation Plan

Illustration of Minnesota state outline containing native prairie growing near a fence post with meadowlark on top.
A Native Prairie Bank easement is a voluntary agreement between a landowner and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The landowner agrees to manage the land under an easement in ways that protect the native prairie in exchange for an upfront, one-time payment. Each easement is tailored to the unique character of the land and desires of the landowner, with common protection features such as no plowing or building on the native prairie. The easement leaves ownership in the hands of the property owners who may continue to enjoy it, manage it as part of their working farm, sell it, or pass it down to heirs, but the agreement remains with the land.

Become apart of the New Prairie Conservation Plan! To Learn more about it log onto the DNR's Website or Click Here


Clean Water Fund

On November 4th 2008, Minnesota voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the state constitution.

The Amendment increased the sales and use tax rate by three-eighths of one percent, starting July 1, 2009 and continuing through 2034. The Funds that are Generated through the tax will pay for on-the-ground conservation projects that provide multiple benefits for water quality and wildlife habitat.

The Pipestone SWCD has access to these funds, but needs applicants in order to apply and obtain funds from the state. Each year we help producers apply for grant dollars and as grants are awarded we also provide technical assistance to help you get your conservation practice on the ground.

Throughout the past 4 years the Clean Water Fund has funded several Ag Waste Systems and updated a large number of septic systems in Pipestone County.


Walk In Access Program

The Walk-In Access (WIA) program is a four-year pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It aims to provide new hunting opportunities on private land that already is enrolled in existing conservation programs

Walk-In Access sign
To View a Map of the land that is enrolled in the WIA Program in Minnesota, please click on the link:

Interactive Map

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