In 2017 City Council unanimously adopted an initiative to direct staff to develop an ordinance that would address illicit business and human trafficking within Billings city limits. In 2018 a working group developed draft language after reviewing dozens of ordinances from around the United States. In 2019 and 2020 the City Council adopted priorities included a directive to develop a business license to prevent illicit businesses disguised as massage businesses.
A public informational meeting was held on Wednesday April 7th, 2021. City staff presented information about the draft ordinance and answered questions from the public. To watch the recorded meeting click here.
City Council will hold the first reading of the draft ordinance on Monday April 12th, 2021. Public comment will be accepted and is encouraged at this meeting. The City Council meeting will start at 5:30pm. The public can attend remotely via Zoom or in person at the Library. Capacity at the Library will be limited, so attending via Zoom is encouraged. Registration will be required prior to the meeting.
To Join, visit the Zoom Webpage, Register in advance: Webinar ID: 817 0102 5423 Passcode: 602565 Or join by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Information on attending the meeting can be found by clicking here.
You can also e-mail your comments to the City Council at Email
Additional meetings will occur and information will be available once scheduled.