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Welcome to Ellsworth Housing

Welcome to Ellsworth Housing Ellsworth Air Force Base housing is privatized and became a part of Balfour Beatty Communities, Aug. 1, 2013. Current inventory consists of 283 family housing units, all built within the past 10 years. With construction of an additional 214 units, a Community Center and site amenities scheduled to begin Spring 2014, family housing will provide Ellsworth Airmen with modern three- and four-bedroom units complete with attached double car garages and fenced back yards - all within the confines of Ellsworth AFB. For information on wait lists, floor plans, and other housing information, please contact the BBC Management Team at (605) 923-9000, or visit their website at

Points of Contact

28th Civil Engineer Squadron Housing Office
299 Sturgis Ave
Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706

DSN: 675-2568/2570
COMM: (605) 385-2568/2570
DORMS: 675-2567 or (605) 385-2567

Air Force-wide Base Housing


Unaccompanied housing consists of 730 rooms in six dorms, with 10 rooms set aside as hospitality rooms. Borglum Hall and Rushmore Inn were built in 1986. Washington Inn and Lincoln Hall were built in 1988. Jefferson Chambers and Roosevelt Inn were built in 1991. Single occupancy - 1 + 1 design - is the base standard in all rooms. Each dorm has a game room, kitchen, laundry room and four TV rooms. Group integrity is currently in effect at Ellsworth AFB. Every effort will be made to assign new arrivals to a room in the group dorm to which they are assigned.

Off-Base Housing

We can assist you in locating adequate and suitable off-base housing. You can contact us by calling DSN 675-2568/2570 or commercial (605) 385-2568/2570. Our offices are in the Balfour Beatty Community Center located at the entrance to Black Hills Estates.

All incoming personnel are required by Air Force Instruction 32-6001 to report to the Military Family Housing Office before making any rental, lease or purchase arrangements for off-base housing.

Bringing your pet to the Rapid City area can be a problem. Only four pet units are available in the Temporary Lodging Facility. Most Rapid City landlords will not allow pets, and those that do usually require a large pet deposit and even extra monthly charges. Many new arrivals board their pets in kennels or other pet boarding facilities. Only two pets are allowed in MFH if they are properly cared for. There are no waivers for additional pets.

Our housing referral assistant will attempt to resolve complaints or disputes to the mutual agreement of all parties relating to damage, indebtedness, lease disagreements, security deposits, etc. Contact us at (605) 385-2574 if our services are needed.

Ellsworth AFB does not currently have any landlords or property managers on a restrictive sanction list. Please immediately report any form of discrimination involving race, color, sex, national origin, or any other complaints that concern off-base housing facilities by calling our office at (605) 385-2574.

Housing Privatization

At Ellsworth AFB, military family housing is privatized. Balfour Beatty Communities owns the family housing and is responsible for maintaining, repairing, constructing and managing the community. In addition to your option to purchase and rent housing in the local community, you now may choose to live in privatized housing by signing a tenant lease agreement with Balfour Beatty Communities. 

For comprehensive information about the privatized housing community at Ellsworth AFB, visit The website provides information you need to know about the homes and amenities available in the privatized housing community.

Applying for Privatized Housing 
Contact the Housing Management Office as soon as you know you are moving to Ellsworth AFB. The government housing team will provide you the latest information about privatized housing and details about the application process. The HMO will also update you on any base specific policies regarding residing in privatized housing.

Community Amenities
Privatized housing is comparable to housing in the local community and provides a wide variety of amenities and support services, including basketball courts, playgrounds and a community center with a projected completion during summer 2015. 

As a resident of Balfour Beatty Communities privatized housing, you may contact the Property Management Office at (605) 923-9000 for more specific information on the services available in your community.

Paying Rent for Privatized Housing
Similar to living in the local community, you will sign a lease agreement, typically for a one-year term. Your lease will include a military clause and a lease termination clause. You pay your monthly rent by authorizing an allotment of your basic allowance for housing to be paid directly to the Property Manager. If you move in before the allotment start date, you must pay the prorated rent directly to the Property Manager. The Tenant Lease Agreement details all relevant rent payment terms and conditions.

Gas and Electric Utilities 
Currently, homes in privatized housing are not being metered. Your rent will include utility costs. For more information about your utilities, contact the Property Management Office. 

Personal Property Insurance 
You need to obtain legal liability and personal property insurance for your possessions and should choose the options and amounts that best fit your needs and lifestyle. Before purchasing your insurance, please consult the Property Management Office for more information about coverage. 

School Information
For families, we understand that where your children attend school plays a large factor in the decision of where to live.

For your convenience, all community housing listings in the Automated Housing Referral Network site,, include a link to schools in the area surrounding the listed house. 

For more information about schools near Ellsworth AFB, please see the links below:

Douglas School District (available to families living on base)
Rapid City School District

Pets in Privatized Family Housing - Ellsworth AFB

1.  Residents are authorized to board (at most) any ONE of the following combinations of dogs/cats:

    (a) Two dogs, 0 cats.
    (b) Two cats, 0 dogs.
    (c)  One dog, one cat.   

2.  Residents may not board dogs of any breed (including a mixed breed) that are deemed "aggressive or potentially aggressive," unless the dog is a certified military working dog that is being boarded by its handler/trainer or approval is obtained by the Installation Commander in writing. For purposes of this policy, aggressive or potentially aggressive breeds of dogs are defined as a Pit Bull (American Staffordshire Bull Terrier or English Staffordshire Bull Terrier), Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Chow and wolf hybrids. Prohibition also extends to other breeds of dogs or individual dogs that demonstrate or are known to demonstrate a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior as indicated by any of the following type of behaviors:

    (a) Unprovoked barking, growling or snarling at people approaching the animal.
    (b) Aggressively running along a fence line when people are present.
    (c) Biting or scratching people.
    (d) Escaping confinement or restriction to chase people.

3.  The military member will be held responsible for all issues associated with the boarding of an animal at the assigned residence.  This includes, but is not limited to, financial liability for all costs incurred by any base agency for the capture, quarantine, and rendering of emergency or involuntary veterinary services due to the animal being outside the fenced backyard (while not under the immediate control of a responsible person) or involvement in any act of violence.

4.  In addition to cats/dogs, residents may board birds, aquarium fish, and small domesticated rodents (i.e., hamsters, gerbils and guinea pigs) provided animals are properly caged when not being handled.  Cages must be cleaned regularly and provide a healthy environment for the pets.

5.  Residents may not board exotic animals such as, but not limited to, reptiles, rodents (other than hamsters and guinea pigs), ferrets, hedgehogs, skunks, rats, raccoons, squirrels, pot bellied pigs, monkeys, arachnids, or any farm animal.  Non-compliance may result in loss of housing privileges.

6.  Upon initial assignment to housing, members occupying Key and Essential positions (as identified in Ellsworth Sup AFI 32-6001) may apply for a waiver to the above restrictions.  There is no waiver process for members not occupying these positions.

7.  All dogs/cats must be registered at the Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) within 5 days of arrival or acquisition of the animal.  Failure to register a pet may result in loss of housing privileges. This is a one-time requirement while the pet is on base.  Fish, rodents, and birds are exempt from registration.  The resident must accomplish the following actions to complete registration:

    (a) Provide proof of current rabies and distemper vaccines   
    (b) Provide proof that pet has a permanent microchip electronic identification implant

If the resident cannot provide adequate veterinarian records documenting vaccination and microchip information to the VTF, the pet will be required to receive any treatment necessary to complete the registration process.

8.  Pet owners must maintain current immunizations on all pets. Dogs and cats are required to wear a collar or harness with current rabies tag attached.

9.  Pet areas must be cleaned regularly to control and prevent vermin infestation. Pet feces must be picked up daily or immediately if the pet evacuates outside the patio or yard.

10.  Operating a commercial kennel is strictly prohibited.  If an inadvertent pregnancy occurs, residents must notify the privatized leasing office immediately.  If a litter is birthed, the resident will have 10 weeks from time of birth to give away or sell the offspring for the sole purpose of recouping any provable expended medical cost of the animal since birth (note: the VTF is not authorized to provide any labor and/or delivery support (c-section, etc.) or post-partum care).  Any attempt by the resident to sell the offspring for profit will be considered a lease violation, as any enterprise to generate profit in housing must be approved by the privatized leasing office.  

11.  Pets must be secured with leashes or under positive control at all times while outside a fenced yard. Dogs and cats may only roam unsupervised within a fenced yard provided the animal can neither escape nor attack humans or neighboring pets on the other side of the fence. Unattended pets may not be left on a chain or leash outside of a fenced area. 

12.  When taking your pets for a walk, be sure to carry a bag/scooper with you. If your pet defecates, pick it up and take it with you to dispose of properly. Do not leave it in someone's yard, on the sidewalk, or in the common areas.

13.  Not complying with the pet owner responsibilities listed above will result in warnings and citations from the Housing Office or privatized leasing office.   Multiple violations of this nature will lead to removal from housing.

14.  Complaints concerning loose/nuisance/stray animals should be reported to the privatized leasing office (923-9000) during business hours, and their after-hours answering service (923-5808) on evenings/weekends/holidays. The privatized leasing company has a contract for the purpose of picking up and boarding loose or stray pets. Pet owners whose loose pets are picked up may be required to pay a fee to the servicing animal control shelter in order to claim their animal.

15.  Animal Bites: Bites and scratches caused by ANY animal (domestic or wildlife) must be cleaned with soap and water and reported to Security Forces at 385-4001 IMMEDIATELY.  Humans should seek medical attention as soon as possible at the Rapid City Regional Hospital ER. Domestic animals involved in any animal bite (biting or being bitten) must be quarantined IAW South Dakota state law and the National Rabies Compendium, under the direction of the base veterinarian, and the pet owner will assume financial responsibility.  Non-compliance will result in loss of housing privileges.

16.  Suspicion of animal abuse, neglect, cruelty or abandonment should be reported to Security Forces at 385-4001.  An investigation may be conducted by VTF personnel; any substantiated animal abuse, neglect, cruelty or abandonment will be reported to the active duty member's squadron for appropriate penalty/punishment. Any fees associated with the animal's treatment and/or transportation will be the responsibility of the owner.

17.  Trapped or injured wildlife should be reported to the privatized leasing office (923-9000) during business hours, and their after-hours answering service (923-5808) on evenings/weekends/holidays. Do not attempt to help the animal yourself.

18.  Any costs to repair damages made to the yard, interior/exterior of the dwelling, or other property caused by a pet will be assessed against the member in accordance with the lease documents signed by the member.