Code Enforcement Corner

Feb 22

Fences - Permits and Clear Vision

Posted on February 22, 2024 at 10:21 AM by Tina Hoeger

Are you thinking about installing or replacing a fence?  Here are some things to remember:

  • In either case, you will need a fence permit.  These can be obtained through the Planning Department.
  • If you are hiring a contractor to perform the work, please make sure you discuss who will be applying for the permit.  Many times the contractor will have a statement on their contracts that the homeowner is responsible for obtaining the permit, so read the fine print.  
  • The permit application can be made by either the contractor or the homeowner.  Either one is fine.

Permits are necessary to make sure that any new fences or modifications to fences comply with what is called "clear vision."  When application is made, the planning department will assist with verification that your plans do not fall within clear vision, which is a safety concern.  The planning department will also review the application to determine if the materials being used are within code and that the proposed fence or modification is the proper height based on your zoning.  

if you have questions regarding the fence permit application, please contact the planning department customer service desk at 406-657-8247, and they will answer any questions.

Jan 25

Welcome to the Code Enforcement Corner

Posted on January 25, 2024 at 11:37 AM by Brenda Berger Frisbie

Welcome to the launch of the Code Enforcement Corner blog.  We are happy to announce that this blog is designed to provide information, hints, tips, and share updates to keep our citizens well informed about city codes and various projects around the city.

Although this blog is not interactive currently, code enforcement welcomes input and questions from our community.  Please send any correspondence based on our blog posts to Code Enforcement Division Manager, Tina Hoeger at Email.

We are very excited to provide this educational piece to the community and continue to make Billings a safer and healthier place to live.  Stay tuned for our next post.logo

Jan 25

Snow Removal Reminder

Posted on January 25, 2024 at 11:36 AM by Brenda Berger Frisbie

Winter has arrived and so has the snow.  Please remember that sidewalks in front of and adjoining a property need to be kept clean and safe for pedestrians.  Snow must be removed within twenty-four (24) hours after the last snow fall.  Snow cannot be moved onto public property and must remain on private property.  Please do not move snow into public streets or alleys.  If you wish to report an area that has not been cleared, please use the online complaint form at https://www.billingsmt.gov/401/Complaint-Form and a code enforcement officer will investigate.  

Any questions, contact Tina Hoeger, Code Enforcement Division Manager at Email