South Dakota

State Overview state laws

It is legal to own and be in possession of a still in South Dakota but it is illegal to use it for anything. Essentially it is purely for decoration or to allow distilleries setup and wait time on licenses. You cannot use the still for water or essential oils without a permit.

Fuel manufacturing state laws

I was unable to find any information on fuel alcohol for this state.

Legal manufacturing licenses & regulations

South Dakota does offer distilling licenses for Commercial manufacturing. License fee is $4,000 per year.
South Dakota distiller license

There are several licenses you need to request to legally manufacture spirits. Below are the federal licenses only. Additional state requirements will need to be followed as well.

You must submit a request for a license to manufacture spirits: TTB 5110.41 Basic permit.

This license only allows you to produce spirits. You also need a license for the distilling equipment / distillery: TTB 5100.24 Distilled spirit plant

For manufacturing ethanol fuel you will need to submit a request for a TTB 5110.74 for a federal license.

Posession stills & moonshine


Traffic in alcoholic beverages prohibited except as authorized by title. No person may produce, transport, store, or sell any alcoholic beverage except as authorized under the provisions of this title.


Unlicensed business prohibited--Violation as misdemeanor. No person may transact any business authorized by this title without a license as provided by this title. A violation of this section is a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Federal laws

Current federal laws allow citizens the right to own a still and operate it for non-alcohol production.

This means legally you can:

Each state and even counties have their own laws that may supersede federal laws.

It is your responsibility to know the laws in your area.