Welcome to Butte County, South Dakota!

Butte County was named from the numerous buttes which rise abruptly from the prairies in the area.
The county seat is in Belle Fourche, which is also known as the "Center of the Nation." Our county was established in the state of South Dakota on March 2, 1883. The name Belle Fourche came from the French explorers and means "beautiful fork." You can learn more about the history of our community here.

Butte County SD Courthouse
Important Information
Courthouse Location
Belle Fourche, South Dakota















The Butte County Administration Building will close at noon on 10/28/20 and will resume regular hours on 10/29/20.  Due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19, precautions are being taken and all measures applied to disinfect the building. The absentee voting trailer is relocated to the east side of the building. Thank you for your understanding. 

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County Offices will open June 1, 2020

To comply with the CDC guidelines there will be a limited number of people allowed in the building at one time. Due to this, there may potentially be a wait time before being allowed in the building. Please bear with us as we work together through this time. 

Please click here to view all info.

The Butte County Board of County Commissioners has adopted recommendations of the Butte County Emergency Manager during this time of pandemic due to COVID-19.

Please click here to view the list of procedures.


Commissioner Meeting Info:

Please take notice that the Commissioner Room has moved to the former Director of Equalization Room on the First/Main Floor of the Butte County Courthouse.  



The first half of property taxes are due no later than

April 30, 2020, and the second half are due no later than the last business day of October of each year. 


Go to the Treasurers Office page for office hours and information

Belle Fourche Employment


Employment Opportunities 


To find out about county employment opportunities, please visit our 'Employment' page.