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ARPA is an acronym for the American Rescue Plan Act, which provides funding to address the pandemic. The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, a part of the American Rescue Plan, delivers $350 billion to state, local, and Tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency.
As a “metro city” with a population over 50,000, the City of Missoula received a direct allocation from the U.S. Treasury. Great Falls and Billings were the other two cities in Montana who received a direct allocation (other Montana cities receive their ARPA funding through the State). We received half of our total direct allocation in May 2021, and the other half in May 2022.
The federal government intended ARPA funding to help:
For more info on guidelines, visit Treasury’s SLFRF website.
Local governments that lost revenue (lost taxes, utility payments, etc.) during the COVID-19 pandemic can use ARPA funds, up to the amount of revenue lost, for "government services." This category is extremely discretionary and allows the funds to be used for any service traditionally provided by a government. Treasury’s Final Rule allowed local governments to claim a standard allowance of $10 million in lost revenue, and the City of Missoula did take this standard allowance,
Reach Parks & Recreation by telephone at (406) 552-7275, or browse bark park locations here.
If it is an emergency, call 911 and an officer will respond. The 24-hour, non-emergency Police Desk phone number is (406) 552-6300 for city residents. Missoula County residents should contact the Sheriff's Office at (406) 258-4810 during normal working hours, or call 911 after hours.
Office (406) 541-7387 Fax (406) 541-7389
Location and mailing address:Animal Control6700 Butler Creek RoadMissoula, MT 59808 Animal Control
Yes. Bicyclists must follow the same traffic laws and rules as cars with a few exceptions.
Here are five key "rules of the road" to keep in mind:
For more specific information, see Chapter 10.42 of the Missoula Municipal Code and Montana Code Annotated 61-8-6.
Bicycle registration is available online as a free service provided by the City of Missoula. Learn more here or call 406-552-6675 with any questions.
The individual selling the bike that was previously registered with City should log into their 529 account, select "your garage," select the bike you are selling, and select "Transfer Bike." Follow the prompts for additional steps. Call Missoula In Motion at (406) 552-6675 or email email@example.com with additional questions.
The individual selling the bike should log in to their 529 account, select your garage, select the bike you are selling and select “Transfer Bike”. Need step by step help with this? Call Missoula In Motion at 406.552.6675.
If the seller is unable to do this, email Project 529 at firstname.lastname@example.org with the shield ID and bike make/model and color, and they will assist you.
Bikes are welcome on trails unless signs are posted that prohibit bikes. Continued sharing of trails is encouraged by following low impact guidelines: bike only on designated trails, leave no trace, and give pedestrians and horses the right-of-way.
This printable Missoula Bicycle Map includes more information about shared use paths, conservation trails, and other bike friendly spaces in Missoula.
You can sign up to be notified about upcoming bike auctions on our Notify Me page.
The City of Missoula adopted the following codes effective September 1, 2022. Building codes are adopted as amended by the State of Montana: [view amendments]
To purchase code books, visit the International Code Council
If you are within the Missoula City Limits you may. Please see a list of typical projects that require a building permit at
This list does not contain all types of work requiring a permit. Please call our office at 406-552-6630 before starting any type of work to determine whether you need a permit. Any residential buildings with interior dimensions of 200* sq. ft. or less may not require a building permit if it is also an independent structure not attached to a residential home. More detailed information regarding required forms is available for commercial permits and for residential permits. If planning on upsizing water meter, water and sewer development fees will be charge in addition to the cost of the meter itself. Please review the development fee schedule here.
* Storage buildings under 200 sq. ft. may require a permit or approval from zoning.
Yes. If you feel that the property you are renting may be considered substandard or has life safety issues you may fill out a complaint form with as much information as possible and return it to our office. The person making the complaint must still have access to the property so that an inspection can be performed.
Different projects require different inspections. All permits should have a final inspection. For a list of inspections see the Inspection Scheduling Guide (PDF). See also our Inspection Procedures (PDF).
You can check the results of an inspection by calling our Automated Phone System at 406-552-6040 or by logging into the Citizen Access Portal and selecting the permit.
Inspections for existing permits can be scheduled by texting (888) 413-4439, online, or by calling 406-552-6040. Building inspection information is on our resources page. Engineering and Utility Inspections information can be found here
If you are demolishing anything structural, interior or exterior, you do need a demolition permit. You can apply for a demolition permit online. If your project is a commercial project you will need to provide a completed Asbestos Survey when you apply.
If you are doing any electrical, mechanical or plumbing work you do need a permit.
Every permit issued shall become invalid unless the work on the site authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance, or if the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced. [105.5]
Time Limit of Application: An application for a permit for any proposed work shall be deemed to have been abandoned 180 days after the date of filing unless such application has been pursued in good faith or a permit has been issued [105.3.2]
Our standard graves allow two interments while our family cremation graves allow four interments. Please review interment arrangements or family cremation section
Contact the cemetery as soon as possible. Please review
No. The cemetery does not conduct burials on Sundays or holidays. See interment arrangements.
While the cemetery makes every attempt to meet a family's request, the cemetery must always stay within the guidelines of operation set forth in
No. Missoula City Cemetery prohibits the spreading of cremations within cemetery grounds. Please see cemetery policy Scattering Cremains
These are walls dedicated to cremation inurnments. Please see our
No. Please review information for
No. The cemetery requires a permanent container for both casket and cremation burials. See
Any person or entity conducting business and/or offering goods or services within the Missoula City Limits, and grossing more than $6,000 annually, shall be required to obtain a business license. This includes businesses serving as a landlord by renting commercial office, retail, wholesale or warehouse space. There are exceptions, such as businesses by a church, civic, or fraternal organizations for fundraising on a temporary basis, non-profits who hold a 501(c)3 from the state, and certain licensed professions that are exempt from city licensing. Contact email@example.com if you are unsure.
After reviewing this site, if you are unsure which license to apply for, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include answers to the following questions:
1. What will be the nature of your business?
2. Will you be working out of your home or from a commercial location?
3. Is the physical location of your business within the city limits?
4. Will you be going to other people’s homes to operate your business?
5. Will your business be making for than $6,000 annually?
You can check the status of your license by using our Accela Citizen Access Permitting and Licensing Portal! You will first need to register as a new user if you haven’t already done so. We will then link your registration to your business license so you can check its progress online!
No. The City of Missoula business license is a completely separate process from your State requirements.
If you need to set up your Articles of Incorporation (LLC, Inc., Sole Proprietor, etc), register your business name, acquire your Tax ID, etc, you should refer to the Secretary of State website for more information. Secretary of State URL: https://biz.sosmt.gov/
To obtain your ICEC (Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate), please refer to the Department of Labor and Industry. Department of Labor and Industry URL: https://erd.dli.mt.gov/work-comp-regulations/montana-contractor/independent-contractor
Different license and registrations expire at different months during the year. You must renew your license each year. View can view the expiration date of your license on your business license certificate. The calendar of license expiration is available on the Business License website.
You can search for any business license by using our Accela Citizen Access Permitting and Licensing Portal! You do not need to register as a user to search for a license. Once you are on the home page, click the “Licenses” link at the top. Use the search function to find a business. You can search by License name, address, type or number.
Pro Tips: When searching by address, if the street name is a single digit between 1-9, you will need to type a zero ‘0’ before the single digit streets. (I.e., 01, 02, 03). Do not use directions in the street name or use street type. More often than not, less is more when using the search function.
No. Your City of Missoula Business License does not transfer. Change in physical location (homebased or commercial), change in ownership, or change in nature of business requires a new license application.
No. That is why it is important to apply for your business license far in advance of your planned opening date. The review process fluctuates based on the time of year, but is a multi-week process. During peak times, some licenses may take up to 12 weeks for review.
You must inform the City of Missoula that you are closing your business in writing. We cannot close the business over the phone. The most effective way to ensure we close your record is to send an email to email@example.com. You can also select the “business closed” option on your renewal invoice and return it to the Permits and Business Licensing Coordinators.
Yes. All businesses located within the City limits must obtain a City of Missoula business license. This includes businesses that are physically located within the city limits, but operate elsewhere, such as Web-based businesses. If your business grosses less than $6,000 annually ,an exemption affidavit must be submitted and approved by our office.
A background check is required in the following situations, but not limited to:
Some examples of when a background check is required include: home healthcare, locksmiths, contractors, landscapers / tree trimmers, sprinklers, mowing, snow plowing, etc. Anytime you are working on residential property or within residences, a background check is required.
The employer shall be responsible to see that each employee has submitted the background check application within ten days of employment.
No. If you will only be vending at an established market, you are not required to have a city business license. If you plan to vend or offer goods/services outside of those market hours, you must obtain a city business license. It is expressly prohibited to vend in the Commercial Business District (CBD) during their regular operating hours.
General, Contractor, 420 Cannabis, and Liquor Licenses are based on the number of "FTE" or Full Time Equivalent Employees. You will need that number in order to calculate your fees. The minimum fee is equivalent to 4 FTE and the maximum fee is reached at 85 FTE. the FTE is different for new license applications and for renewals. The fee per FTE is multiplied by the FTE you provide to calculate the yearly renewal fee (with a minimum equal to 4 FTE).
To calculate your FTE, take the total hours worked for all employee/owners in a week and divide by 40. For example, the owner usually works 40 hours, and oyu have two employees that both usually work 20 hours. (40+20+20) / 40 = 2. You should calculate fees based on 2 FTE.
Itinerant Vendors pay a flat fee based on the length of their license (1 week, 90 day, full year) and annual renewal.
Commercial Rental Licenses (Rental of Retail, Wholesale, or Warehouse Space) are based on the square footage and use (Retail/Office or Wholesale/Warehouse). You will need the square footages and use in order to calculate your fees. Minimum and maximum fees apply. New commercial rental license fees consider the size and have set tiers to determine the fee per square foot. Renewals have a flat fee per square foot.
Market Events are based on the number of booths or tables. There is a minimum fee of 4 tables/booths to a maximum of 50 tables/booths. The yearly fee amount is multiplied by the quantity of tables/booth you provide.
Tourist Home Registrations pay a flat fee for new license applications and for renewals.
Some businesses may have additional fees, including but not limited to, Background Check Application processing, Pawnbroker Endorsement, and Sidewalk Cafe Endorsement.
Late renewals have penalty fees. 25% at one month past due, 50% at two months past due, and 100% penalty after three or more months past due. Businesses beyond the penalty fee period of four months are considered Delinquent and may be turned over to Code Compliance. Delinquent licenses may need to reapply for a business license.
A new business license application is required when the location (home based or commercial) changes. Business licenses are reviewed for code compliance in zoning and building, so are location based. You must submit a new application.
Your business license locks if your insurance or bond information on file with the City of Missoula expires or is cancelled. You are unable to pull permits, schedule inspections, and renew your business license if your license is locked. Contractors must maintain current insurance and bond certificates with the City of Missoula.
The City of Missoula should be listed as a Certificate Holder on your insurance policy to ensure we receive your updated policy each year. Your provider should email your renewed policy or notifications of lapse in coverage to firstname.lastname@example.org. The City does not reach out to or make requests for insurance certificates or bonds on your behalf.
If your business closes and reopens within the same year, and you have NOT changed your physical location, ownership or nature of business, you can renew your license as usual. However, you will be subject to any penalties that have accumulated since the license expired. You must reapply if it has been more than one year since your license expired.
If you no longer provide that service, we can remove the bond from your license record and update your work description. Please note that bonds are NOT accepted on a job-by-job basis. If your business wishes to provide a service that requires a bond, an active bond must be provided and maintained with the City of Missoula.
Email email@example.com to modify or update your insurance or bond associated with your business license.
All cannabis-related businesses are required to obtain a 420 License to operate inside city limits. A cannabis related business is one that participates in the commercial cultivation, extraction, sale, testing, processing (including harvesting and curing), or manufacture of marijuana products intended for consumption by others. Please be aware, commercial cannabis related businesses are not permitted in residential homes with the exception of medical marijuana delivery-only businesses (no sales) which are allowed as a home-based business.
For information on plant limits for personal consumption please contact the State of Montana - Cannabis Control Division. Note: The city does not distinguish between medical and recreational cultivation, sales, manufacturing etc.
Starting January 1st, 2023, all cannabis related businesses will be required to have an active '420 license'. You will be able to apply online by logging into the Citizen Access Portal. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible to allow staff sufficient review time and so as not to impact your business in any way.
Step 1: Apply for a 420 License - Create an account to apply online and pay your licensing fees.
Step 2: Upload documents to the commercial building permit record - If you are required to upload additional documents, a commercial building permit (COM) is automatically created when you apply for a 420 License. Upload your change-of-use and/or hazardous material inventory statement (HMIS) documentation to this associated commercial building permit (COM).
Step 3: City Review - Your application will be reviewed by 6+ different departments.
Step 4: Pay the fees to get your approved commercial building permit issued - You will receive an email once the commercial building permit is approved with instructions on how to pay the associated fees, then your commercial building permit will be issued.
Step 5: Pass Inspections - Contact the Fire Department directly (406-522-6210) to schedule your fire inspection. You will additionally need to pass a final building inspection, which can be scheduled via the online portal, and any associated M.E.P inspections.
Step 6: 420 License is Issued!
Please note, a final building inspection can only be scheduled once you have an issued Commercial Building permit record. Please review the flowchart for a better understanding of when your permit will be in an issued status. Once permit has been issued, click on the 'schedule an inspection' button on the cannabis home page for instructions on how to schedule that inspection. To schedule an inspection with the Fire Department you will need to contact them directly, visit here or call 406-552-6210.
If there is no commercial building permit (COM) associated with your 420 license application such as with a dispensary-only business, you can schedule your fire inspection at any time. To schedule an inspection with the Fire Department you will need to contact them directly, visit here or call 406-552-6210.
Delivery/transport only businesses that are home based businesses will not be required to have any inspections as part of their review process.
A change-of-use permit is a commercial building permit that changes the use of an existing building or tenant space from one approved use/occupancy classification to another as described in the International Building Code. It compares the code requirements of the existing use to the requirements of the proposed use and demonstrates how the building or tenant space meets the code requirements for the new use – any code deficiencies will need to be corrected prior to occupying the space/changing the use. A change-of-use permit is required anytime there is a full or partial change in occupancy classification or use of the space or an increase in the intensity of the use.
A Hazardous Material Inventory Statement (HMIS) is required for all commercial cultivation and extraction facility even if the last approved use of the space was the same. The completed form should be uploaded to the associated commercial building permit which will be automatically created when you apply for your 420 License. This is because the operations and intensity of each individual facility or business owner vary and there may be an increase or decrease in canopy size or the Max Allowable Quantity (M.A.Q.) of solvents or combustible fibers (drying/processing) in each control area etc.
When will the Building Department NOT require a change-of-use to obtain a 420 license?Where there is a change in ownership or a new business is replacing an original business where the use is exactly the same, a change of use will most likely not be required assuming the hazardous materials inventory sheet does not indicate a change in intensity. Dispensaries moving into a space most recently permitted as a retail location (Mercantile Occupancy – M) would not require a change of use.
If I have previously completed a change-of-use will I need to do it again?Due to the legalization of recreational marijuana, all dispensaries are now M (Mercantile) occupancies (like a retail store); previously they were reviewed/approved as a B (Business) occupancy under a patient care model. Due to the change in use/occupancy type, dispensaries that were previously permitted as a B occupancy will now need to complete a change-of-use to be an M occupancy. If you are an existing dispensary not currently approved as an M occupancy a change-of-use will be required. Note: If this applies to your existing dispensary you will be sent a letter saying you will need to complete a change-of-use before your 420 license will be approved. For other uses besides dispensing, you will most likely not be required to provide a new change-of-use unless the activities, location or intensity etc. has changed since your initial application or where the original information provided was unclear.
What If I am still unsure of the most recently approved use of my proposed tenant space?If you are still unsure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the address, suite number, a description of how you plant o use the space and a good phone number to reach you at)
A licensed professional architect or engineer is required for commercial projects and is required to stamp a change-of-use.
The hazardous material inventory statement (HMIS) can be completed by the business owner as long as they do not exceed the maximum allowable quantities (MAQ) of hazardous materials. An architect may be helpful in advising you on how to complete your hazardous materials inventory statement (HMIS) without getting bumped into an H occupancy. Where you exceed one control area you will need an architect to submit plans demonstrating compliance with the code.
Permits shall be purchased for all work associated with the new use/occupancy and commercial buildings require licensed electricians and plumbers to complete the work. Below is a list of additional permits commonly required for cannabis facilities.
Mechanical permits are required when vents and ducts are added, replaced, or relocated. This includes dryer vents, exhaust fans, range hood vents and extending heating ducts, adding registers, replacing furnaces and air conditioning units. A building owner can self-perform this work however they will still be required to pull a permit and pass all the necessary inspections. We strongly recommend you hire a professional as they will be familiar with the code requirements as well as how to identify and protect penetrations through rated assemblies in accordance with the code.
For whatever reason, it happened and now you want to make it right! While we cannot make exceptions to the code, we will do our best to work with you in bringing the un-permitted work back into compliance. You will need to apply for all applicable permits related to the unpermitted work and the permits will be reviewed/inspected as if they were new. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to demonstrate code compliance and that may include exposing previously covered work for the inspection(s) and/or providing plans to obtain a permit.
You will need to apply for a 420 License to open a dispensary in the City of Missoula. When choosing a business location for your dispensary (M - occupancy), we recommend trying to find a tenant space previously used as a retail store (M - occupancy) with a current City of Missoula business license. If dispensing is your only cannabis-related activity and you move into a space where the most recent approved use/occupancy classification was a retail store (M - occupancy), you will not be required to complete a change-of-use. You should also check with the Planning Department to verify if your use type will be allowed at your proposed location prior to applying for the 420 License. Please also note, the State of Montana - Cannabis Control Division will require a copy of your active 420 License as part of their review process.
Planning Department: (406) 552-6625 email@example.com Link to GIS map: Coming soon!
Proposed commercial cultivation businesses will need to apply for a 420 License and complete a Hazardous Material Inventory Statement (HMIS). If the tenant space was not previously used as a commercial cultivation facility with the exact same use and intensity level, then you will be required to work with a MT licensed professional architect or engineer to complete a change-of-use. If you are remodeling the interior of your tenant space for cultivation, you will need to prepare plans for review in the same fashion you would for any commercial interior remodel. Commercial projects are required to be stamped by a MT licensed professional. The State of Montana - Cannabis Control Division will require a copy of your issued 420 license as part of their review process.
Note: Dry plant material is considered combustible fiber, which is a hazardous material in the IBC and will need to be documented on your Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (HMIS)
As of January 2022, new commercial cultivation businesses are no longer approved for operations in residential homes. For information on plant limits for personal consumption please contact the State of Montana - Cannabis Control Division. The City of Missoula does not regulate plants for personal consumption, the limit is set by the State of Montana. Plants used for personal consumption shall not be visible to the public and shall be locked or otherwise secured.
You will need to apply for a 420 License and likely work with a MT licensed professional architect or engineer to complete a change-of-use and a Hazardous Material Inventory Statement (HMIS). If you are remodeling the interior of your tenant space, you will need to prepare plans for review in the same fashion you would for any commercial interior remodel; most extraction change-of-use permits will require a full plan set for review and commercial projects are required to be stamped by a MT licensed professional. The State of Montana - Cannabis Control Division will require a copy of your issued 420 license as part of their review process.
You will need to apply for a Commercial Building Permit (COM permit) and work with a MT licensed professional architect or engineer to complete a partial change-of-use and update your Hazardous Material Inventory Statement (HMIS). If you are remodeling the interior of your business, you will need to prepare plans for review in the same fashion you would for any commercial interior remodel; commercial projects are required to be stamped by a MT licensed professional.
Note: Dry plant material is considered combustible fiber, which is a hazardous material in the IBC.
You will need to apply for a Commercial Building Permit (COM permit) and work with a licensed professional architect or engineer to complete a partial change-of-use and update your Hazardous Material Inventory Statement (HMIS). If you are remodeling the interior of your business, you will need to prepare plans for review in the same fashion you would for any commercial interior remodel; commercial projects are required to be stamped by a MT licensed professional. Note: Dry plant material is considered combustible fiber, which is a hazardous material in the International Building Code.
You should contact the Planning Department to confirm if you are able to expand your canopy area prior to application.Planning Department: (406) 552-6625 firstname.lastname@example.org
Example: A 5'x5' canopy area stacked 2 high has a total canopy area of 50 SF and a canopy footprint of 25 SF.
Effective September 7th, 2022 Title 5, the Business Licenses and Regulation Code, was amended to include air quality mitigation measures for cannabis cultivation and cannabis manufacturing businesses. New and existing cannabis cultivation or manufacturing businesses must install and maintain carbon filters. The carbon filters and associated fan must be sized and installed to circulate air equal to the volume of the room used for cultivating or manufacturing no less than once per every 5 minutes. Several filters may be used to meet this requirement. To find out if your carbon filter is properly sized for the room, dived the volume of the room used for cultivating or manufacturing (length x width x height) by the exchange rate which is 5 minutes. The resulting number in cubic feet per minute is the requirement that must correspond to the fan and filter specifications. If you need assistance calculating the requirement, contact ZoningDesk@ci.missoula.mt.us. To show compliance at the time of permitting, provide the manufacturer specifications for the carbon filters used at your business and dimensions of the cultivation or manufacturing room.
There are no requirements for energy usage at cannabis cultivation businesses. The State of Montana does not allow local jurisdictions to regulate energy usage beyond the requirements of building code. In the future, energy conservation incentives may be provided through code amendments, though none are proposed at this time. To stay up to date on potential development of incentives, visit Engage Missoula.
You can submit a citizen complaint by filling out the citizen complaint form.
Search the cemetery interment registry.
See ownership rights.
See flower beds and boxes and decorations and flowers.
Contact the cemetery as soon as possible. Please review interment arrangements.
No. We have many options currently available. Please review our burial and cremation options for sale.
Yes. All groups are welcome please call office for questions 552-6070
Yes. There are public restrooms on Russell street just north of the cemetery office. There are no facilities out on the grounds.
No. Missoula City Cemetery prohibits the spreading of cremations within cemetery grounds. Please see cemetery policy Scattering of Cremations
The cemetery has a price by quote for monument cleaning. Please contact the cemetery office or fill out our cleaning quote request form. Liability Cleaning Waiver
No. By signing the liability waiver and understanding the risk, the cemetery is not responsible in case of damages. Please see the Liability Waiver for more detailed information.
No. Cleaning service is for stone monuments only.
It all depends on the age of the monument and material of the monument. Monuments made of marble or limestone need only be cleaned every ten years. Modern granite stones are more sturdy and can handle more frequent cleanings.
Please see monument regulations regarding ownership of monuments placed at Missoula City Cemetery.
Yes. As part of a monument cleaning quote, issues such as a cracked or not level foundation will be marked on the quote with your choice for the cemetery to repair it.
No. The cleaning quote is for monument cleaning, foundation leveling, and other site fixes. A broken monument will need a monument company to repair or replace the stone.
Mold, mildew, algae, and lichens feed on the stone and because of this are actually destroying the monument.
No, the City Attorney's Office is responsible for representing the interests of the City of Missoula as a whole and prosecuting misdemeanor crimes. We are not able to offer legal advice or opinions to citizens.
Contact the Crime Victim Advocate at (406) 258-3830. For additional information, view the
The City Attorney's office cannot assist with landlord / tenant issues. You can find information at Housing (Montana Law Help).
The City Council meets the first four Mondays of each month, except for legal holidays. City Council meetings begin at 6 p.m. and are currently being held virtually. Please visit the meetings page for more information about how to attend.
The City observes the following legal holidays:
Click here to view the dates Council will not hold a meeting.
508 W. Sixth Avenue, Suite 401Spokane, WA 99204 E-Mail: email@example.comPh.: 509-455-4200 24 hours-a-day Toll Free: 800-356-1007 Visit their website...
Visit the city's ward map to determine which ward you live in.
You can call, e-mail, or write individual city council representatives.
You can e-mail all 12 City Council members at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave them a voicemail at: 406-552-6012. *These emails and voicemails are public records and will be published on the city website.
PUBLIC COMMENT eComment: NEW!1. Visit www.ci.missoula.mt.us/webcasts, 2. Find the meeting you want to comment on and click on “Open for Comments”3. Click the agenda item you want to leave a comment on, and click “Leave Comment.”4. Enter your first and last name and email address. Indicate if you want your email address to be published.5. Type your comment and submit it.eComments are reviewed and published with the agenda item.
Live meeting public comment phone line: Live call in phone numbers: 1 (253) 215-8782 1 (267) 831-0333 1 (301) 715-8592 1 (877) 853-5257 (landlines only) 1 (888) 475-4499 (landlines only)Meeting ID: 960 049 3694
Voicemail (Council only:) NEW! NOTE: Voicemail is not played on the air. It is published on the Council’s webpage:406-552-6012 Mail:City Clerk, 435 Ryman, Missoula, MT 59802 Day of meeting drop off:Beginning one half hour prior to the start of a virtual public meeting citizens can drop off written comments in a drop box at 140 W. Pine St. Comments will be read during the relevant agenda item’s public comment period.
Email: City Council & Mayor NOTE: Council e-mail is not read on the air. It is published on the Council’s webpage:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Boards & Commissions:email@example.com
Municipal Court judges must meet statutory requirements in order to serve.
Montana State Law, Title 3, Chapter 6
Contact the Missoula County Elections office at 406-258-4751.
City Ward Map
Excavation, sewer, water, storm, and ROW construction permits are issued only to a licensed and bonded contractor. Information on obtaining a City of Missoula business license is available from Community Planning, Development, and Innovation Department. An expired business license, certificate of liability insurance, bonding document or professional certifications can cause delay in issuance of permit.
In addition to information provided on the permit application, a certified ACI Flatwork Finisher is required for all types of permit records where concrete work is being done in the ROW. Concrete work on private property does not require an ACI.
You need a Fence Permit to install a fence.
If you want to build any new fence or replace, reconstruct, or repair 25 feet or more of an existing fence, you must obtain a fence permit from Development Services. If you need more information, call (406) 552-6630 or view the codes and download the application at our
If you are repairing 25 feet or more, you must obtain a fence permit from the Development Services. For more information, call (406) 552-6630 or view the codes and download the application at our
These permits may be required as part of a building permit for publicly accessed buildings and can be obtained at Development Services. Prices are listed on the current
The City of Missoula is required to comply with the conditions of our General Permit for Storm Water Discharges associated with Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 Permit). To ensure compliance with federal and state environmental regulations, the City has implemented a Storm Water Permit. Please read our new Fact Sheet for more information.
Names on a monument must reflect where an individual is interred. Please review monument regulations.
No. This area is restricted to vases on a hearth only. Please review rules for our family cremation section.
Missoula Fire Department Records Request
Missoula Fire Department does not have a drop-box for any of these items.
Missoula Police Department does accept expired prescriptions in a drop box located outside their offices at City Hall.
For needles and "sharps", we recommend contacting your local trash collector to schedule a pick-up. You can also call a local hospital or pharmacy to ask if they accept them. If you find an improperly disposed sharp, the Missoula Aid Alliance can help; contact their hotline at 406-493-2502 and they will follow-up.
The cemetery offers annual paid flower bed or box options. To order this service please contact the cemetery office 406-552-6070. All our decoration and flower rules can be found at Grounds Regulations
Families are responsible to plant, weed, and maintain their annual paid flower beds and to weed their annual regulation flower boxes. Beds or boxes that become unsightly or overgrown with weeds will be removed without notice, including those planted by local florists. Please review grounds regulations
Plantings are restricted to annual flowers only. Perennials and shrubs are prohibited and will be removed without notice.
Theft is a crime. The cemetery is not responsible for vandalized, stolen, or damaged items. Please see grounds regulations.
Glass is always prohibited and will be removed. Please review information please review our Grounds Regulations
Flower beds and boxes are removed from all graves beginning the day after Labor Day.
You can find FAQs for specific topics by navigating to the relevant web page, or you can view all FAQs for the City here.
The federal government coined the phrase “ending homelessness” in 2009 and inspired several hundred U.S. communities to create plans to create systems that make homelessness rare, brief and one-time-only. People will always lose their homes, but those systems should provide immediate responses for people who fall into homelessness, effectively ending chronic homelessness.
In Missoula, the City-County plan has created the Missoula Coordinated Entry System. It works to prevent people from becoming homeless, divert households that are homeless for the first time, streamline services and prioritize limited housing resources to the most vulnerable people needing housing. Twenty-seven local agencies partner in the system, and 15 agencies have access to Missoula’s Homeless Management Information System, also coordinated under the 10- Year Plan, which provides instant digital access for service providers for quick responses to individual needs.
The solution to homelessness is housing. Missoula’s situation is compounded by rising housing prices and local wages that are not keeping pace to support those costs. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Living Wage Calculator, one adult with no children working in Missoula County in 2018 needed to make a full-time hourly wage of $11.93 to support themselves. Montana’s wage in 2018 was $8.30 an hour, so even someone working a full-time job could struggle to afford stable housing. In fact, 40 percent of people seeking shelter at the Poverello Center homeless shelter are employed. In Missoula, the poverty rate is 19.8 percent, and the rate is 14.3 percent in Missoula County. Both figures are higher than the national averages.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently reaffirmed that cities cannot criminalize homelessness, for instance ticketing people for sleeping in public areas. Police officers and sheriff’s deputies can remove camps from public property, but this usually worsens the situation for all: Local governments have a legal obligation to store people’s property; issuing citations for local ordinances attempts to fine people who have no money, often tarnishing people’s records, which furthers their inability to pass landlords’ applications; dispersing people throughout the community makes them more vulnerable to criminals and more difficult for service providers to find should they have good news about housing; and usually people relocate elsewhere in the community, lacking resources to travel far.
People who have been living outdoors and outside mainstream society for some time often need considerable time to regain trust that someone from “the system” actually intends to help them. Missoula’s professional service providers, such as those who work for the Poverello Center’s Homeless Outreach Teams and Hope Rescue Mission, work to rebuild trust. They also work to bring people into the services they need, such as health care, food assistance, financial support, disability assistance and treatment for mental health and substance use. In 2019, outreach providers helped 20 households of people experiencing homelessness and sleeping on the streets find permanent housing.
Panhandling – simply asking for money -- is protected as free speech by the U.S. Constitution. The City of Missoula has ordinances in place that prohibit aggressive panhandling – following people to their cars and repeatedly demanding money, panhandling within certain distances of bank machines and outdoor dining and holding up signs that are not truthful. Police officers can cite people for these offenses. However, those tickets are often a case of attempting to extract fines from people with no money and who are disproportionately harmed by a record of offenses when they attempt to get housing. Missoula’s Downtown Police Officer helps redirect behaviors as well as issue tickets.
Montana is one of the few states in the country where it is not illegal to be drunk in public. The Montana Constitution prohibits all cities from creating ordinances that would make it so, with the idea that alcoholism is a disease, not a crime. Law enforcement officers can detain people for their own safety if they are very intoxicated, but they must take them to a medical facility or other safe environment. When severe alcoholics are taken to the Missoula County jail for serious crimes, they must be monitored and provided medical care, at great public expense.
Data show that the majority of people experiencing homelessness in Missoula lived in Missoula County when they became homeless. Missoula’s services are a regional draw because outlying rural communities often do not have those resources. Missoula is a regional hub for everybody, for medical care, bulk groceries, financial services and more.
Local government leaders in Missoula have heard loudly and clearly from residents that they wish to be a welcoming community and do not wish to turn their backs on people in need, at the individual or local government levels.
Trash in encampments is a serious concern, especially in a flood plain such as the area around the Reserve Street bridge. Neither the City nor the County is in the business of hauling or landfilling municipal trash; the area is served by private companies. The Missoula City-County Health Department has a role in investigating complaints about unmanaged garbage and trash, but it’s clear that issuing tickets or fines to indigent people would be ineffective. The outreach workers who regularly visit people living near the bridge hold cleanup days and remove trash in cooperation with the area’s private garbage hauler as well as the people staying in the camps.
The area is not inside the city limits, and it is in a flood plain and so not appropriate for developed park facilities. It does not meet the City’s current standards for acquisition as open space because of problems with public access; safety and security because of limited visibility; and environmental conditions that would have to be remediated.
Missoula does have people experiencing homelessness, but that is far less proportionately of the population than in those larger cities. By working on a system-wide approach and addressing housing solutions, the City and County’s goal is to make sure homelessness is as brief as possible and is a one-time event. Missoula has seen a noticeable improvement in helping many of the homeless people who were visible downtown transition into a stable living environment.
The Unified Funding Round includes multiple funding sources and starts in December each year when application materials are posted. This includes the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF), HOME Investment Partnerships funds, and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) monies. Urgent and emergent projects that prevent housing displacement can apply for funding from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Reserve Balance, which is 20% of the trust fund’s balance. Please reach out to the team if you have questions!
Each of our funding sources come with their own regulations and requirements based on federal law or city ordinance. Awardees must always follow the rules implemented by the Fair Housing Law. Awardees must not displace any individuals; if so, they must cover relocation costs. A brief overview of some standard federal regulations can be found here and potential applicants are encouraged to reach out to staff for more information.
Applying for any of the funding sources is done through the same application. You can list your preferred funding source, but staff will help determine which funding source is the best fit. The full application process involves a short pre-application, followed by a consultation with staff. Eligible projects are then invited to complete a full application that includes basic project information, a budget, and other supporting documents.
During the Unified Round, which starts in December. Urgent and emergent projects that prevent housing displacement can apply for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Reserve Balance.
Area Median Income (AMI) is used to determine whether housing is affordable to a household based on the number of members in the household and their income. AMI is the household income for the middle household in a region. To learn more about Missoula’s AMI check out this graphic.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership funds must primarily support low- and moderate- income people and areas. The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development uses a shorthand, “LMI” to refer to these populations. A low-income person is someone whose total annual income is 50% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) or average income for the community where they live. A moderate-income person is someone whose total annual income is above 50% but less than 80% of the AMI or average income for the community where they live. For more information about what “LMI” means in Missoula, click here
The Missoula Job Service, postings at City Hall or Employment Opportunities on this website.
When the cemetery was established in 1884 burial records were very simplistic. A ledger entry was made for each interment. Entry included the decedent's name, date of death, grave location, and date of interment. No other information is available for these records.
An undated stone lies within the cemetery inscribed “In Memory of John R. Reynolds, First Person Buried in This Cemetery.” To date, no record of this individual has ever been found.
You can sign up for notifications to receive email or text alerts when important bills have upcoming actions. The City tracks a lot of legislation, but will only send alerts when there is action pending on our highest-priority bills, such as property tax reform, housing initiatives, tax increment financing, mental health and crisis services, and renewable energy.
You can reach out to City Council to request that the City of Missoula take a specific stance on a bill, but the City of Missoula as an organization only has one voice in Helena. Your voice has a greater impact if you contact lawmakers in Helena directly. You can find your representatives or explore multiple participation options on Have Your Say Montana.
City officials take public comment regarding the City's stance on legislation. You can comment at City Council meetings, by email, or by telephone. Please remember to contact your legislators directly with your opinions. Our elected officials need to hear from as many people as possible to know how their decisions affect our community.
You can look up your legislators by name or by your address on the state's website, along with contact information.
Tax Increment Financing is a tool that helps to fund critical community improvements in urban renewal districts. Learn more about TIF and how Missoula has used it in our flier.
The City Council consists of 12 council members representing six wards (two for each ward). You can find the ward map and additional information about the Council on the City Council webpage.
You can send a message to the mayor and staff or request a meeting with the mayor via the website. You may also call (406) 552-6001 and leave a voice mail for the mayor or speak to a member of the mayor's staff.
Yes. The cemetery office is open to assist you from 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the Memorial Day weekend. The cemetery grounds are open daily from 8 a.m. - dusk year round.
Glass is always prohibited and will be removed. Please review decorations and flowers.
Theft is a crime. The cemetery is not responsible for vandalized, stolen, or damaged items. Please review decorations and flowers.
Decorations of any kind (except glass) are allowed on the grounds from nine days before Memorial Day through the Sunday following Memorial Day. Please review all options for decorations and flowers.
Yes. There are public restrooms on Russell street just north of the cemetery office. There are no facilities out on the grounds.
No, Missoula Water does not have any watering restrictions. We do, however, suggest that our customers water their lawns during the cooler times of the day—6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.—to get the best results from their water usage.
Families can purchase monuments from a company of their choosing. All monuments are required to meet cemetery monument regulations.
No. The cemetery allows only granite monuments. Please review all monument regulations.
Yes. A veteran stone is placed flush with the ground in front of the upright stone or attached to the back of the upright stone. Flush stones must follow monument regulations.
Yes, a monument can be placed on an unmarked grave however the inscription must reflect information for the person(s) already buried in the grave and not memorialize any additional individual. Please review monument information.
All monuments must be granite and meet all cemetery monument requirements. All special requests must be submitted in writing with drawings to the cemetery board for review. Please review monument regulations.
No. All monuments and foundations are installed by Missoula City Cemetery staff. Please review monument regulations
Yes. Monuments are to be delivered to Missoula City Cemetery. Please carefully review monument regulations.
Yes. The cemetery allows an upright stone in the headspace and a flush stone in front of the upright stone. Please review cemetery monument regulations.
All special requests must be submitted on a variance form and include drawings, measurements, and layout. Variances are reviewed for approval. Over-sized monuments will require the purchase of additional graves and may restrict usage in some graves. Please review monument regulations.
Many tickets can be paid on-line at CitepayUSA or paid at the counter without waiting to see the Judge. Please call 406-552-6180 to verify if your citation can be paid without a court appearance. Most minor traffic offenses and city ordinance violations qualify for an appearance with the Traffic Bureau Settlement Master. The Settlement Master isn't a Judge, but is able to accept a guilty, no contest, or not guilty plea, the same as the Judge. If you wish to plead guilty or no contest, the Settlement Master will proceed with sentencing, based on guidelines from the Municipal Court Judge. The Settlement Master may also be able to offer a deferred sentence, if you meet specific qualifications. If you wish to plead not guilty, which will start the process for a trial, the Settlement Master will set your next hearing date. All future hearings, after an entry of not guilty plea, will occur with the Judge.
Missoula Municipal Court does not have the power to expunge a conviction. The legislature has granted that authority exclusively to District Courts. If your sentence was deferred at the time it was pronounced AND you have successfully completed all conditions of the sentence, the Court can dismiss the charge and seal your cause number. What that means is that the public does not have access to the details of the conviction and your criminal record will state that the charge has been dismissed. This request will be denied if the Court finds that you (1) did not complete all conditions of your sentence on time; (2) if you had a new charge during the time the deferred sentence was running or (3) if the time for deferment has not expired. If you did not receive a deferred sentence and believe your conviction should be taken off your record, you may be best served by consulting an attorney.
The Montana Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) assigns points to convictions for traffic offenses. Municipal Court is required to report all convictions to the DMV. On receipt of notice that an individual has a conviction, the DMV will place points on your record. If you accumulate too many points on your record, you could lose your driving privileges. Each insurance company has different methods of determining your insurance rates. Many base some rate changes on the points the DMV places on your driving record.
You can check your driver’s license status with the DMV to find out how many points you have. Some of the more common points include: DUI= 10 points Driving While Suspended = 6 points Reckless Driving = 5 points No Insurance = 4 points Speeding = 3 points Careless Driving = 2 points Moving Violations = 2 points
The Court is required to report every traffic conviction to the Montana Department of Motor Vehicles. In limited circumstances, the Court does have the ability to “defer sentence” on traffic offenses. A deferred sentence would allow the points be removed from your record after the period of deferment has ended. PLEASE NOTE: Under Federal Law the Court cannot defer your ticket if you have a CDL.
The Court will not dismiss your ticket based on your explanation about what happened without allowing the City Attorney’s Office to be heard and present witnesses.
Many people represent themselves and many people do so successfully. Please visit our Self Help section for information on hearings and trials as well as some forms you may find helpful. However, if you are charged with something that may involve a jail sentence, you should consider this option carefully. There can be risks associated with self-representation and you should be aware that some offenses in Municipal Court can have unexpected long term consequences on gun rights or driving privileges. The Court will try to answer any procedural questions you have during the process, but the Court cannot tell you how to proceed nor can it give you any legal advice. You will be expected to conduct yourself appropriately and understand the basic rules of evidence and procedure.
If you received a ticket from a sheriff's deputy or highway patrol (brown uniform), you need to appear in Justice Court located in the County Courthouse at 200 W. Broadway.
If your license was suspended by Missoula Municipal Court for non-compliance or failure to appear you must come to the Court to address it. After you have taken care of the non-compliance, by appearing and bringing yourself into compliance, you will need to get a reinstatement from the DMV.
In Missoula, there are several providers that are the court routinely refers defendants who have been ordered to complete Anger Management counseling to:
Defendants may also go to another counselor of their choice and must provide the counselor's name, address and phone number to the court. If ordered to complete Anger Management, defendants must complete as ordered at sentencing.
Many traffic citations do not require a defendant to personally appear and you may be able to forfeit bond at the counter or by phone (payments cannot be made by phone but can made online through CitePayUSA, by mail, or at the counter). Any charge cited under Montana Code Annotated section 45 and any charge of Driving Under the Influence requires the defendant to see a judge. Any traffic violation that has the statutory possibility of jail time will require personal appearance (examples: Fail to Remain at Accident Scene, Reckless Driving, Montana Resident Operate with Foreign Driver's License More than 60 Days). Citations issued in the course of an accident investigation will require personal appearance if the officer indicated that the court must address Restitution to another party. Most minor traffic offenses and city ordinance violations qualify for an appearance with the Traffic Bureau Settlement Master. The Settlement Master isn't a Judge, but is able to accept a guilty, no contest, or not guilty plea, the same as the Judge. If you wish to plead guilty or no contest, the Settlement Master will proceed with sentencing, based on guidelines from the Municipal Court Judge. The Settlement Master may also be able to offer a deferred sentence, if you meet specific qualifications. If you wish to plead not guilty, which will start the process for a trial, the Settlement Master will set your next hearing date. All future hearings, after an entry of no guilty plea, will occur with the Judge.
If you did not have an attorney you may appear during public appearance times to make your request (it must be made before the judge that sentenced you) or file a Motion to Modify Sentence found in the Pro Se Resources. If you had an attorney when you were sentenced and your counsel has not withdrawn from the case, you may request your attorney file a Motion to Modify Sentence.
If you received a yellow card from Municipal Court, you don’t need to do anything at this time. You have just been added to the jury pool for the term beginning 9/1/2023 and ending 8/31/2024. If you are selected for a particular trial, you will receive a Summons in the mail about 5 weeks before the trial date. The Summons will provide instructions on how to proceed.
Annual Notice postcards are also being sent by Justice Court and District Court. See below if you need to contact them:
Go to the Justice Court Annual Notice page if you received a green postcard.
Go to the District Court Annual Notice page or email the District Court if you received a hot pink postcard.
No. You do not need to do anything at this time. If you are selected to appear for a particular trial, you will be mailed a Summons with instructions on how to notify the Court that the Summons was received.
You are eligible to be selected for the jury pool if you are 18 years of age or older, a resident of Missoula County for at least 30 days, and a citizen of the United States. The jury pool is selected from a combined list of registered voters, licensed drivers, and holders of Montana State ID cards. Be aware there are 4 Courts in Missoula County that have jury pools – Municipal Court, Justice Court, District Court, and US District Court.
Email our office, and we will have you excused for the remainder of the jury term. In your email, please provide your Juror Number (found above your name and address on the postcard, your name, new address, and a statement of when you moved. If you want to be removed from future jury pools in Missoula County, see below:
We get our jury pool from those residents who are registered to vote in Missoula County or have Driver’s Licenses or State IDs issued from Missoula County. To be removed from the list for future jury pools you should contact the Missoula County Elections Office at 406-258-4751 to advise them you have moved out of Missoula County. You should update the address associated with your Driver’s License or State ID Card.
If you have moved out of state, you need to contact the Missoula County Elections Office (406) 258-4751, and Montana Driver Services Bureau (406) 444-3933, as other States do not necessarily inform Montana that you have either registered to vote or obtained a Driver’s License in that State. If these departments are not contacted, your name will likely remain on their lists, and you will possibly be added to future jury pools in Missoula County.
Each year, a new jury pool is selected from a combined list of registered voters, licensed drivers, and holders of Montana State ID cards, whether or not you were previously in a jury pool. Having been in the jury pool in previous years does not preclude you from being selected in the jury pool in a future year.
On the postcard, it should appear directly above your name.
If you were previously excused for a particular trial or a jury term, you would still qualify to be added to this year’s jury pool. However, if you were permanently excused previously, please email the Court at CourtJurors@ci.missoula.mt.us, so we can do some research as to why you were added this year. Please provide your Juror Number, Name, contact information, and a copy of the Permanent Excusal, if you have it.
Yes, however, you do not need to do anything at this time. If you are selected to appear for a particular trial, a Summons with instructions on how to complete the Questionnaire will be sent to you.
Please complete the Affidavit for Excusal advising us of the dates and reasons why you will be unavailable for jury service during that time. Your request will be forwarded to a Judge for review. If approved, we will update our records to indicate you are unavailable during that time frame, and send you notification.
You do not need to do anything at this time. If you are selected to appear for a particular trial, you will receive a Summons in the mail about 5 - 6 weeks before the trial. It will contain instructions on how to request an excusal. Please note: 5 - 6 weeks should be ample time to make arrangements for things like daycare, changing work schedules, and transportation.
You will receive a Jury Summons by mail if you are selected to appear for a particular trial, usually about 5 weeks before the trial. The Summons will provide instructions on how to notify the Court.
8,500 people have been selected for Municipal Court’s jury pool this year. Also consider there are 3 other courts that require their own jury pool in Missoula: Justice Court, District Court, and United States District Court.
The term begins each year on September 1, and ends August 31, the following year.
You could be found in contempt of court, face a fine, and/or the Court may direct the Missoula Police Department to bring you before the Court to explain your absence.
That’s one way to look at it, but consider this:
In 1774 founding father John Adams said, "Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty...”
The importance of a trial by jury, was so important to Thomas Jefferson that he included it as a grievance in the Declaration of Independence because the King of England was “depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.”
In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” It was Jefferson’s conviction that led John Adams to include jury trials in our Bill of Rights enshrined in the 6th and 7th Amendments.
Serving as a juror is a vital role as a citizen of Missoula and the United States. It, along with voting, are the ordinary citizen’s greatest opportunity to participate in, and protect our democracy. Most people indicate that serving on a jury was a worthwhile experience.
Visit the My Neighborhood Council webpage and click on your Neighborhood Council. In the upper right-hand corner of the webpage, click on the email link. Your message will be sent to the Neighborhood Council leadership team.
Neighborhood Councils meet at various times and places. Find meetings by visiting the My Neighborhood Council webpage, clicking on your Neighborhood Council, and then clicking on View All under the Calendar.
Contact Development Services for a Residential Block Party Permit.
The city makes reasonable accommodations for any known disability that may interfere with a person’s ability to participate in meetings. Persons needing accommodation must notify Missoula Neighborhoods in advance to allow adequate time to make needed arrangements. Please call 552-6081.
These are granite walls dedicated to placement of cremations. Each individual space is called a niche.
A standard inscription template is required. Please review niche regulations.
Niches are the most economical cremation option. Purchase includes the niche, opening and closing, and inscription. See fees.
Niche size varies by wall. Please review information for each of our cremation walls.
Parking enforcement is done Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm, with the exception of State of MT legal holidays.Metered parking starts at 9:00am on the street, however all pay lots, lease areas, residential permit areas, loading zones and time-limited spaces are enforced starting at 8:00am.
Report your concerns here. If you are using this form to report a problem with a ticket, you will not receive a response. You can report ticket issues to the Parking Commission office by phone at (406) 552-6250 or in person at 128 W Main Street.
The following information is intended to help you park with your disabled parking pass in the Central Business District. If at any time you have questions about disabled parking in the CBD, please contact our office at (406) 552-6250 and a member of our administrative team will assist you.
Where can you park?
ON-STREET - The signed on-street disabled spaces in the CBD are available for a maximum of 2-hours of parking. With a valid disabled placard or license plate displayed, you can park for free in these spaces. We also offer free parking in any short-term metered space for up to 2 hours. Hourly payment is required after the initial 2-hour window. Payment can be made using zone 4061 in the Passport parking app or at any on-street parking kiosk.
PAY LOTS (Bank Street, New Park, E Front Lot) - The signed disabled spaces in pay lots are available for a maximum of 2 hours of parking. With a valid disabled placard or license plate displayed, you can park for free in these spaces. We also offer free parking in any hourly space for up to 2 hours. Hourly payment is required after the initial 2-hour window. Payment can be made using zone 4063 in the Passport parking app or at a parking kiosk located in the lot.
GARAGES - signed disability parking spaces are throughout our public parking garages. You will be charged the regular hourly rate when you leave the parking garage.
LEASE PARKING - a valid lease is required for parking in any space within lease parking areas. Parking in the signed disabled spaces requires both a lease and a valid disabled placard or license plate.
If you need to obtain a state issued disabled parking permit, click here to find the MV5 - Disability Permit/License Plate Application. Once this form is filled out and signed by you and your doctor, it will need to be sent to Helena for processing. We offer a temporary disability pass while your application is being processed. For this temporary pass, call our office at (406) 552-6250 to set up an appointment to bring in your completed application. Our administrative team will look at your application, verify that it is filled out and signed, and provide you with a temporary disabled parking pass.
Parking tickets may be mailed in to the Parking Commission’s office, at 128 W. Main Street, using the envelope provided. This envelope with payment may also be placed in a night deposit box located just outside the main door of the Parking Commission’s offices at 128 W. Main Street. The Missoula Parking Commission will also accept your payment via phone at (406) 552-6250 or online here using a Visa or MasterCard.
Digital plan review is the environmentally friendly process of reviewing building plans without the use of paper blueprints. Your blueprints are submitted to Development Services by means of a digital file that is prepared by your Architect or electronic drafting company.
Streetlights in Missoula are maintained by NorthWestern Energy. You can call them at 1-888-467-2669 or fill out their online form at https://www.northwesternenergy.com/customer-service/report-a-street-yard-light-issue.
Call our emergency number at 406-552-6700.
Please apply for a Right-Of-Way Use Permit by submitting a Right-of-Way Use permit application.
You will need to apply for a Public Work's Utility Connection Water permit, for a water repair.
Apply for a Public Work's Utility Connection Sewer permit.
Before you design or commission a sign, please refer to Municipal Zoning Code Title 20 for standards for maximum size, height, location, and number; 20.75.050 - Signs in Residential and Open Space/Public Districts and 20.75.060 - Signs in Non-Residential Districts. There are also standards for each sign type.
Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org or (406) 552-6625 Mon - Fri 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with any questions.
The sign permit application and checklist can be found here. Your application should include information about each proposed sign – type, size, height, weight, and location. There should be dimensioned site plans, elevations and sign specs included, as well as any other drawings to demonstrate compliance. Ground signs of a certain height require structural drawings.
When planning any sign, applicants will have to calculate the sign area. Separate measuring rules apply to each type of sign (i.e. ground, wall, etc.) See Municipal Zoning Code Title 20, 20.75.170 - Measurement Rules for information on how to measure and calculate the area of a sign.
Send the application and all associated materials to email@example.com.
An assigned case planner will reach out for any additional information required to determine a sign’s compliance.
A sign permit must be approved, paid for, and issued prior to being installed.
There is a process for requesting signs that do not comply with sign regulations. Those requests require a public hearing before the Design Review Board. Staff can provide details of costs and timing for that process.
A building permit is required for ground signs above seven feet tall. Signs requiring electrical service also require electrical permitting. All signs that require electrical service shall comply with the 2012 ICC Electrical Code.
Permits are required whenever applicants are erecting, altering, or relocating signs, except for the exceptions listed in Missoula Municipal Zoning Code, Title 20, 20.75.040 - Signs Allowed Without a Sign Permit. Please contact Zoning Desk at (406) 552-6625 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding interpretation of sign code.
All permit applications' (including sign permit applications) progress can be found in the Permitting and Licensing Portal.
• Animated, flashing, blinking or scintillating signs
• Dynamic Display signs
• Roof signs
• Human signs
• Signs which flutter or undulate in the wind
• Roof signs
For a comprehensive list, see Missoula Municipal Zoning Code 20.75.030 – Prohibited Signs and Sign Characteristics.
"The height of a sign is the vertical distance measured from the adjacent street grade or upper surface of the nearest street curb, but not an elevated roadway, to the highest point of the sign," see Missoula Municipal Zoning Code Title 20, Figure 20.100-17 - Terminology, Sign Height.
An engineering review is required for any signs as determined by Development Services staff, including all ground and sidewalk signs as well as any signs that are placed in and over the Right-of-Way (12.12.090). Engineering Division approval must be in place before a sign permit is issued final approval.
For additional engineering requirements and information please contact Engineering Desk at (406) 552-6636 or email@example.com.
Once a permit is issued, the sign must be installed within 180 days.
All external lighting, including fixtures that illuminate signs, require compliance with the Missoula Outdoor Lighting Ordinance. Illumination shall maintain intensities and uniformity ratios as outlined in chapter 8.64of the Missoula Municipal Code.
All illuminated signs require an electrical permit, photometric drawing(s) and information regarding the type of lighting and light fixtures.
The Missoula Municipal Code requires the placement of sidewalk signs to accommodate a minimum 6-foot pedestrian clear zone on the sidewalk per Missoula Municipal Zoning Code Title 20, 20.75.070.I - Sidewalk Signs.
Signs that are allowed above sidewalks and other pedestrian areas must maintain a vertical clearance of 9 feet from the ground per Missoula Municipal Zoning Code Title 20, 20.75.020C.3 - Placement of Allowed Signs.
The placement of a sign has great impact on the ability of drivers to see oncoming traffic and pedestrians. The visibility obstruction triangle is also referred to as: "clear vision area" or "the sight triangle". This triangular-shaped area is a geometric calculation of the ability of drivers or pedestrians to tell if they can safely enter the traffic flow or cross the street.
Signs, fences, landscaping and other obstructions within this area are limited to a specific height above the elevation of the curb or street centerline so that drivers stopped at an intersection can see oncoming traffic. For design standards of visibility obstruction triangles see our standard drawing STD-401(Visibility Obstruction Triangle, Missoula Municipal Code 12.28.020).
All ground, sidewalk and other signs, as determined by Development Services staff, require the Visibility Obstruction Triangle to be shown on the site plan required with the application documentation.
Engineering Division approval must be in place before a sign permit is issued final approval.
As part of the application process, applicants must submit materials in addition to the application form. The required materials/documentation are listed in the Sign Permit Applicationand Checklist.
When applying for a sign permit, applicants will have to indicate the zoning for the property where the sign will be posted or built. Each zoning district has different restrictions and regulations regarding each type of sign, size and illumination. (20.75.050--20.75.60)
When planning any sign, applicants will have to calculate the sign area. Separate measuring rules apply to each type of sign (i.e. ground, wall, etc.) See 20.75.170 for information on measurement rules and how to calculate the area of a sign.
There are two different types of frontages that affect signs: building frontage and property frontage. Wall signs are affected by the building's frontage, whereas ground signs are determined based on the property's frontage. For more detailed descriptions and guidelines please see Missoula Municipal Zoning Code Title 20 20.75.170 - Measurement Rules.
For additional information or questions please contact Zoning Desk at (406) 552-6625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political signs are considered a type of ideological sign, and allowed without a sign permit, provided they are less than 20 square feet and not illuminated. Political signs must be located on private property with the consent of the property owner. There is no limit on the number of signs that may be displayed on one property.
Political signs may be displayed without time limitation prior to the election but should be removed promptly after the election.
Political signs are not permitted on any City right-of-way, including the areas between the sidewalk and curb (boulevard areas) and within medians or traffic circles. Political signs may not be located within 100 feet of any entrance to a building in which a polling place is located. Improperly placed signs, including signs that pose a traffic hazard, are subject to removal without notice.
State regulations on Political Signs are contained in ARM 18.6.246 POLITICAL SIGNS.
There's an old saying in the fire service, "we can't help you if we can't find you." Proper addressing and identification is essential to fire and rescue services.
The International Fire Code requires that new and existing buildings have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property.
For additional information on requirements, standards, sizes and types of numbering and lettering please contact the Fire Department at (406) 552-6210.
The addressing of a lot or structure must be clearly displayed. In addition to the International Fire Code, the Missoula Municipal Code has specific requirements regarding addressing. Please see Title 12, 12.52.020 - Street Numbers for a specific requirements and guidelines.
Addressing on all buildings is allowed without a sign permit provided such signs are not internally illuminated, cause glare, or cast light onto adjacent property per Missoula Municipal Zoning Code Title 20, 20.75.040 - Signs Allowed Without a Sign Permit.
For additional information please contact Development Services at 406-552-6625.
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There are specific requirements the City must follow in order to install a stop sign. Our Traffic Safety Team will study an intersection to determine the best treatment for that intersection. To report a traffic safety concern, please fill out and submit our Report a Traffic Safety Concern form. Sometimes, a better solution in residential neighborhoods is neighborhood traffic calming, which is the installation of physical devices that force traffic to drive more slowly in residential areas. For more information, visit our Neighborhood Traffic Management Program's Engage Missoula page and to see what traffic safety projects are in the works, go to www.ci.missoula.mt.us/2839/Transportation-Projects.
These signs are not recognized in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), which the City must follow when installing any traffic control device. These types of signs are particularly ineffective for solving the conditions usually associated with this request. A better solution in residential neighborhoods is likely neighborhood traffic calming, which is the installation of physical devices that force traffic to drive more slowly in residential areas. For more information, visit our Neighborhood Traffic Management Program's Engage Missoula page and to see what traffic safety projects are in the works, go to www.ci.missoula.mt.us/2839/Transportation-Projects.
Yes, all you need to do is to send a letter with this request to Traffic Services along with a note from your doctor stating that you are handicapped and a rough map of the area you would like designated. The location will be reviewed to ensure there are no conflicts. The sign will be installed at no charge to you. Traffic Services can be reached at (406) 552-6372.
There are three basic types of traffic signals: Pre-timed: The signal changes according to a predetermined schedule and does not sense the traffic at the signal. Semi Actuated: The main flow of traffic has the green light and changes only when the signal senses cars on the side streets. Fully Actuated: All phases of traffic sense cars, and the signal changes as needed. The controller is programmed for minimum and maximum green times. This type of light will stay green until either it has run its maximum time or there is a large amount of time between cars.
Loops: This detection type involves multiple 6-foot by 6-foot wire coils (loops) installed under the road surface. When a vehicle drives over the loops, a vehicle detector is activated and sends a message to the traffic signal to change the signal accordingly. Loops are the oldest form of traffic detection and are no longer installed with new signals because they require drivers to stop in a specific area, don’t work well for motorcycles or bicycles, and are often destroyed by excavation or roadway deterioration.
Video detection cameras: These cameras are mounted for each approach to an intersection, and when they detect a vehicle, the signal will change. Cameras were installed in Missoula from 2001 until 2012 but are no longer installed because they can be affected by the sun and other light glare, fog, smoke, and build up on the lens from blowing snow and dirt.
Radar: The newest and best option for vehicle detection at this time is radar because it accurately detects all roadway users and is reliable.
The types of signals installed in Missoula vary, so some reasons for this include the following:
Most fire engines and ambulances have a coded infrared strobe mounted on top of the vehicle. When the strobe is activated, it is detected by a sensor at the signal that turns the signal green for the approaching emergency vehicle. Once the emergency vehicle has passed, the signal will return to the pattern it was running before.
No, flashing headlights will not cause a traffic signal to change.
When a train approaches an intersection with a roadway, the railroad has equipment that triggers the traffic signal controller to run a pre-programmed railroad routine, which stops traffic, allows traffic to clear off of the tracks, and allows the train to continue along its route.
Traffic signal controllers are very sophisticated and use high-speed microprocessors that make thousands of calculations every second. Each coordinated intersection has a controller that is linked via a wireless network to a central server, which keeps all the traffic signals’ internal clocks synchronized. The coordinated signals run according to plans derived from vehicle counts. Typically, signals have four weekday plans—morning, off peak, noon, and evening—and one weekend plan. Coordinated traffic signals drop out of coordination in the evening when traffic volumes are lower.
However, in Missoula the seven downtown signals are fixed-time signals that run in coordination 24/7.
Once a pedestrian push button is pressed, a walk signal will come on with the associated green light for vehicles. Signal controllers handle these calls for service in sequence, so the walk signal will activate when it is that direction’s turn in the sequence. Just like a vehicle pulling up on a side street, pedestrians have to wait for the signal to cycle around to receive the walk light.
The “walk” indication comes on for only a short period of time—usually 7 seconds—and is meant to get pedestrians started across the street. When the red hand (don’t walk) indication starts flashing, pedestrians are no longer allowed to leave the curb. However, if they are already in the crosswalk, they may continue crossing the street. Missoula’s signals have pedestrian countdown timers that work in conjunction with the red flashing hand indication to show pedestrians how much time they have before the solid red hand (don’t walk) indication will be displayed. Pedestrians should not be in the street when the solid red hand is displayed.
Traffic lights have different requirements at almost every location. Some of the older signals don’t have pedestrian push buttons, so the green light serves as the walk signal, serving pedestrians every cycle. The rationale was that these signals are in higher pedestrian use areas, so the pedestrians were served each cycle; therefore, the pedestrian buttons weren’t needed. The signals that have only occasional pedestrian usage need to have pedestrian buttons. Sometimes when a signal gets a pedestrian call, it takes a while to serve the pedestrian. This is sometimes longer than the vehicle passage time would be, thus it can cause the vehicle efficiency to drop. The signal timing is very critical in most intersections and efficiency is very important to uniform traffic flow.
All the newer signals have ped push buttons, and the very newest have Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS) push buttons. The APS push buttons have both audible and tactile features for visually impaired pedestrians. Eventually, all signals will have APS pushbuttons.
The next evolution in traffic signals is adaptive signal control technology, which is a system of coordinated signals that communicate with each other and vary signal timing, cycle lengths, and other parameters by real-time traffic volumes instead of the conventional time of day plans. This will allow greater efficiency by responding to actual demand, rather than predicted demand. It may benefit pedestrians as well as drivers by serving them sooner, especially when the main street traffic is low.
The City of Missoula and other Montana communities are working with the Montana Dept. of Transportation to identify corridors that may benefit from adaptive signal control and to put together projects to build these systems. Much of the technology needed for this is already in place, but additional equipment and many more traffic detection devices would be required.
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Decisions from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affect nine western states, including Montana. Two recent court decisions impact how cities can regulate camping in public spaces. In Martin v. Boise, the Ninth Circuit court held the Cruel and Unusual Punishment clause, part of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution, "prohibits the imposition of criminal penalties for sitting, sleeping, or lying outside on public property for homeless individuals who cannot obtain shelter." The Ninth Circuit extended this ruling in the Johnson v. Grant's Pass opinion, stating that the Cruel and Unusual Punishment clause also prohibits criminal enforcement against homeless individuals who use "the most rudimentary precautions" a homeless person might take against the elements, such as bedding, blankets or sleeping bags.
We offer multiple options for paying your bill. Please visit our Pay Your Utility Bill web page.
Moving In: Please contact our customer service representatives at (406) 552-6700. We will need your name, your number from a government-issued form of identification (driver's license number, passport number, etc.), telephone number, name of spouse or roommates, mailing address, and landlord information to establish service. You may also be required to pay a deposit.
Moving Out: The person whose name appears on the utility account is responsible for notifying us of the move out date. A final billing will be mailed after the account is closed. We are unable to make billing adjustments for late notification. All deposits are refunded to the account when you call to close your utility account.
Assistance is available for our water customers who may need help paying this bill.
Eligibility: The water utility assistance program is offered through the state’s Dept. of Public Health and Human Services and is administered by Missoula's Human Resource Council (HRC). Information is available at https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/energyassistance/. People who qualify for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) may also qualify for a reduction in their water bill.
Discount: Eligible LIEAP utility customers will receive a $7.00 reduction in their monthly water portion of their utility bill. The discounts apply only to services provided during the current billing period and do not cover overdue balances from prior billing periods.
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You can pay your utility bill with a VISA or MasterCard, check, cash, money order, direct debit payment, or ACH payment (bill pay). Please visit our Pay Your Utility Bill web page for all payment options.
To view and manage your utility bill account online, you will need to create an online account at the Utilities Account & Payment Portal. Through this portal you will be able to view your billing and payment history, pay your bill online, set up e-Billing, choose to receive electronic notices about your account, see detailed usage charts, and more!
No. There is no late fee charge for any utility account.
No, it's not necessary to attend the entire event. Folks who arrive at 6:00 will get to hear City representatives share interesting information about that month's topic. However, we understand that folks are busy and we want this event to be welcoming to all. If you can only drop in for a few minutes at the beginning, middle or end, feel free to do so.
We want everyone to feel comfortable participating in the discussion. You can write a question on notecards we'll provide, or call 406-552-6002 during the event to leave your question with a staff member.