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Please contact HRDC District 7 located at 7N 31st St. (406) 247-4732.
Please contact Public Assistance located at 111 N. 31st St. or (406) 237-0520.
Applications are only accepted when we have an advertised vacancy on one of the many boards and commissions of the City. An application form can be downloaded from the City's website or the application form and additional information is available in the City Administrator's office located at 210 N. 27th St.
Use the Billings Police online reporting system or call a volunteer at the Cop Shop to report an abandoned vehicle. The Cop Shop number is (406) 247-8590. This report will be forwarded to the Police Department and the vehicle will be tagged with an orange sticker. The officer will check back in five days after the sticker is placed on the vehicle and if the vehicle has not been moved it we will forward the report the Yellowstone County Junk Vehicle division to be towed.
You can call the Code Enforcement office at 406-237-6146.
Weed Complaint Form
Justice Court is located on the sixth floor of the Yellowstone County Courthouse at 217 N. 27th St.
Municipal Court is on the second floor of City Hall, 220 N. 27th St. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, except holidays. The Municipal Court office is accessible from the second floor of Park II parking garage and the skybridge that connects City Hall and the Yellowstone County courthouse. The courtroom is also on the second floor in the Council Chambers.
City business licenses are issued through the City's Finance Division. An application must be completed. You may call 406-657-8364 for an application and further information.
The City Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month for its regular business meetings and the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month for its informal work sessions. The Regular meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located on the 2nd floor of the Police Facility at 220 N. 27th St. The work sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. and are also held on the 2nd floor of the Police Facility at 220 N. 27th St.
The City is not responsible for vital records such as birth and death certificates. For information on obtaining a copy of your Montana birth certificate, contact the Yellowstone County Clerk and Recorder's office at 406-256-2785.
All elections are conducted by the Yellowstone County Elections Department regardless of whether they are local school board, city or county elections, or state and/or national elections. For information on becoming registered, contact the County Elections Office at 406-256-2740.
At Billings Logan International Airport safety of our passengers is our top priority. It is for these safety reasons that a number of items are not allowed on board aircraft or onto the concourses. For a list of items that are commonly allowed or strictly prohibited by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), please refer to their Website at
Whether you're traveling alone or traveling in a large group, there are many fun activities for you while you wait. You can shop in the Airport Gift Shop on the concourse, eat in the restaurant or just relax in the lounge. You may also want to take a short walk over to the Yellowstone County Museum, which is located south of the Terminal Building.
Both short-term and long-term parking lots are located a short distance from the Terminal Building for your convenience. Visit the Airport Parking page for current rates or a map of the parking lots.
Contact information for shuttles from the Airport, bus lines in Billings, and transportation around Billings can be found on our ground transportation page.
To purchase tickets, contact the airline or a travel agent. For the convenience of our passengers we have provided contact information for travel agents in Billings, as well as links to online ticket purchasing sites.
We are located at 1735 Monad Road just east of the Par-3 Exchange City Golf Course.
City Ordinance Section 4-431 requires that the owner of every dog/cat kept in the city shall register the dog / cat. Please contact us for further information at (406) 657-8226.
Monday thru Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Closed Holidays and Weekends
To request a Building Inspection email us or call us at 406.657.8270.
Building permits applications are submitted via the GoPost online portal. Residential and commercial roofing, siding, windows, and doors may be submitted via email.
The Building Division is on the Fourth floor of the Miller Building, 2825 3rd Avenue North, in downtown Billings. Parking available in the lot behind the building.
A building permit is required for almost any type of construction on private property including:
Some of the items that do not require a permit are:
In addition, certain construction activities in the public right of way may require permits.
-By law, most electrical and plumbing permits can only be issued to licensed electricians and licensed plumbers. -Certain permits are requested before the primary permit is ready (e.g., temporary use permits). -Some projects are divided among different contractors, each with responsibility for only certain aspects of the job. -Work in the right of way requires a licensed and bonded contractor. -Certain permits are administered by different city or county departments.
We also offer the opportunity for architects and designers to sit down with key City staff members to discuss the project prior to plan submittal.
Part of the plan review process is to examine submitted plans for conformance with all codes, laws, and ordinances. This includes all phases of construction including site, structural, architectural, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical drawings. The plumbing and electrical detail may be excluded on single-family residences provided the location of the mechanical equipment is shown. Commercial plans need to be stamped by a Montana-licensed architect or engineer. Handouts are available from the Building Division.
Fees are based on the valuation assigned to each individual project. On large commercial projects valuation may be determined by a competitive bid process. Other commercial and single family structures are assigned a value based on square footage. Remodels are determined by contract price or the estimated value of material and labor.
Once a complete plan has been submitted, and special issues have been addressed (i.e., variances, special reviews, subdivisions, etc.), the initial review takes: Residential (single-family and duplex): 4-7 business days Commercial - Minor: 2-4 weeks Commercial - Major: 3-6 weeks
Because building plans are submitted electronically, only one (1) set of plans is required.
City of Billings’ Building Codes were last adopted on September 1, 2022 per Administrative Order #150.A handout specifying each code and edition year is available at the Building Division front counter on the 4th floor of the Miller Building at 2825 3rd Avenue North.
The State of Montana governs the area outside the city limits. You may call (406) 841-2056 for additional information.
State of MT Building Permits
You will be notified via email as soon as plans have been reviewed by all departments and divisions. If you would like to check the status, enter the permit number at the following link.
In cases where curb, gutter, and sidewalk improvements are not appropriate at the time of development (e.g., gravel streets, no curbs adjacent to property, etc.), the City Engineer may accept an SID Waiver of Protest in lieu of construction.
Inside the city limits, call Jessica Fust, Floodplain Administrator (406) 657-8271.Outside the city limits, call Emergency and General Services at (406) 256-2775.
Contact a private surveyor. You can find a list of surveyors in the Yellow Pages. City staff is prohibited from surveying private property lines. It is also very important to know where a property's underground utility lines are located before starting a project. Please dial 811 or go to
While there are instances where a plan is not required, such as re-siding or re-roofing, many so-called "small jobs" are affected by building codes. The adding or deletion of a wall down the middle of a room can dramatically affect the existing and structural integrity of the building. A plan that clearly indicates the work to be done can avoid surprises and conflicts at the job site. Part of the building plan process should be knowing the location of a property's underground utility lines. Please dial 811 or go to callbeforeyoudig.org for more information.
The minimum opening area in accordance with the IRC section 310 is 5.7 square feet. Minimum opening height is 24 inches and the minimum opening width is 20 inches. The bottom sill height shall be no more than 44 inches from the floor. To obtain more information please call 657-8270.
Ground level artificial flowers are only allowed in a standard flower container during the summer months, May 15th to Oct. 15. During the winter months Oct. 15th to May 15th, ground level artificial flowers are not allowed except 3 days before a holiday and 3 days after a holiday. Christmas decorations are removed by the end of the second week of January.Flowers on the base of an upright monument are allowed year round. Fresh flowers are always welcome in the Cemetery.
On the Cemetery's home page, find and click on the link to Gravesite Locator. It will take you Discover Everafter. You can type in the first and/or last name and click search. Then select “View More Info” and you will be directed to the burial information, to include a pin on our map showing where your loved ones grave site is located.
Flowers and decorations which are not in a standard flower container are not allowed in Mountview Cemetery. The Cemetery makes an exception to that rule during Memorial Day and Christmas. All Memorial Day flowers not in a standard flower container are removed three days after Memorial Day. If you need a new standard flower container, they are available for purchase in the Cemetery Office for $35.
Gound level artifical flowers can be covered by snow and not seen by snow removal personel. This may result in damaged equipment or cause injury from airborn artifical flowers.
We will pick up and dispose of any ground level decorations three days after Memorial Day.
We would appreciate it if Christmas decorations are not put out until the middle of December, but most of the flower regulations are waived during the Christmas season. Decorations will be removed by the City on January 19th. If you want to save yours, you need to remove them on or before the 18th of January.
Ground level flowers placed in a standard flower container can be set out any time after May 15th. Flowers just set on the ground can not be put out before the Thursday before Memorial Day.
The phone number is (406) 256-2870.The website is as follows: Yellowstone County Attorney
Order of Protection applications are available at the clerk's office for Billings Municipal Court (2nd floor City Hall) and Yellowstone County Justice Court (6th floor Yellowstone County Courthouse). Return completed applications to the clerk's office for review by a judge. There is no charge for an Order of Protection.
Yellowstone County Protection Order
Misdemeanors offenses that are committed inside the City limits are prosecuted by the Billings City Attorney’s Office, which are handled in Billings Municipal Court. These cases are investigated by the Billings Police Department. The website is as follows: Victim-Services-Information . The Billings City Attorney’s Office phone number is (406) 657-8205. All misdemeanors that are committed outside of the City limits but still in Yellowstone County, such as Lockwood, Shepherd, Huntley/Worden, Custer, and even some locations inside of the city limits, such as the Metra or certain parks, are handled in Justice Court and are prosecuted by the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office. These cases are investigated by various law enforcement agencies such as the Montana Highway Patrol, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, Fish & Game, and Motor Carrier Services. The County Attorney’s Office also handles any and all felony crimes committed in all of Yellowstone County. The phone number for the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office is (406) 256-2870. The website is as follows: Yellowstone County Attorney The Laurel City Attorney’s Office prosecutes misdemeanor criminal offenses that occur within the city limits of Laurel. These cases are handled in Laurel City Court. The phone number for the Laurel City Attorney’s Office is (406) 259-8611. Laurel, MT - City Attorney
We are located on the first floor of City Hall at 210 North 27th Street in Billings. You may park in Park 3, a parking garage located on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and North 27th Street. The entrance to Park 3 is located on 2nd Avenue North. There is also metered parking available in downtown Billings. Garage-Locations-Rates
If you want to report a crime that has already occurred and you live within the city limits, please contact the Billings Police Department at (406) 657-8200. A peace officer will respond and start an investigating by asking you a series of questions. Once the investigation is complete, the officer may or may not arrest the individual. If no arrest is made, the report may be submitted to the City Attorney’s Office to be reviewed by a prosecutor who will decide what charge(s), if any, should be prosecuted. It is at the prosecutor’s discretion whether or not each case is charged.
The number for the Yellowstone County Detention Facility is (406) 256-6881.
The website is: Yellowstone County Detention Center, Inmate Search
Contact the Yellowstone County Clerk and Recorder's Office at (406) 256-2785 located in the Stillwater Building, 316 N 26th.
All junk vehicles, including vehicles that are not currently licensed, must be stored within an enclosed building or removed from the property after five (5) days. Within the city limits, please report violations to City of Billings Code Enforcement Division. In Yellowstone County please report violations to Mike Schieno (email@example.com). In the City, please call (406) 237-6146 and in Yellowstone County call (406) 652-2050.
To report an abandoned vehicle use the Billings Police online reporting system or call the Crime Prevention Center at (406) 247-8590.
In addition to a business license, the business needs a Temporary Use Permit from the Planning Division if your mobile or seasonal business is continuously located in the same spot for more than 3 days at a time. For example, if you park your food truck at the same parking lot every day and leave it there overnight for more than 3 days, you will need a Temporary Use Permit. The permit must be accompanied by a site permit including building size, location, dimensions of the lot and measurements to meet setbacks, traffic flow, stacking of vehicles (if applicable), parking, and exits. Your kiosk or food cart may not block exits and must comply with clear vision for street traffic. Temporary Use Permits must also be signed by the property owner. Temporary Use Permits may be renewable for locations where the use is located year round, such as a coffee kiosk. Seasonal (not a full year) uses cannot be renewed – a new permit is required each year. A renewal of a permit must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of expiration. Temporary structures that will be in place for longer than 90 consecutive days require a $1650 bond to accompany the application.
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Please see Business License Information to determine if you are required to obtain a City of Billings business license.
Please see Business License Information for information on how to obtain a City of Billings business license.
You can find current and the past 9 years' budget and financial information here: Budgets and Financial Reports
All firefighters are trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and every fire engine is usually staffed with a paramedic as well. Firefighter/Paramedics are able to begin life saving care and medications before the arrival of an ambulance. Additionally, your neighborhood fire stations are located strategically throughout the city to provide short response times.
Open burning is generally prohibited within the City limits. If you plan on burning, a permit is required. To apply for a permit, if you live within the City limits, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at (406) 237-6262. To apply for a permit, if you live in Yellowstone County, please call the Yellowstone County Emergency & General Services Department at (406)-256-2775.
Please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau for any Public Education needs at (406) 237-6262.
The minimum size fire extinguisher allowed for a commercial building is a 2A-10BC rated extinguisher. Contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (406) 237-6262 for more information.
Funds are not fully committed for a specific purchase until staff receives from an applicant that has received preliminary approval, a copy of the buy-sell agreement and a good faith estimate. At that time staff, issues a final approval letter which authorizes the lender to proceed. This letter signifies the City's intent to fund the project.
Staff recommends you talk to your lender or call the Community Development office (406-657-3045) regarding the status of funding before making an offer to purchase. Good communication can avoid major disappointment.
Lenders have asked the City to take "third position" behind the home equity loan. This is prohibited and cannot be approved.
Many applicants have taken out home equity loans as they have gained equity and used a portion of the funds to repay the City, which would release the restrictions on the property. The City then reinvests the funds into our program allowing us the opportunity to assist another applicant.
The appraiser's inspection is to determine the value of the home and not to guarantee the condition.
It is a good idea for you to get a licensed inspector if you are not sure of the condition of the home.
Yes, but only once the divorce is final. Until that time the spouse must remain on your insurance. If the former spouse needs to remain insured by order of the Divorce Decree, the former spouse will drop off of the City's group plan and COBRA rates will apply. If this happens, please provide HR with a copy of the Divorce Decree indicating the length of time the former spouse must be insured.
You can check a list of participating doctors, hospitals and facilities by checking out the Rocky Mountain Health Network website below. Once you've accessed the link, select EBMS-City of Billings on the dropdown menu labeled Insurance Accepted.
Before a Covered Person enters a Medical Care Facility on a non-emergency basis, or receives other listed medical services, the utilization review administrator will, in conjunction with the attending Physician, certify the care as appropriate. A non-emergency stay in a Medical Care Facility is one that can be scheduled in advance. The Physician or Covered Person must contact CareLink at 406-245-3575 or 866-894-1505, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm Monday - Thursday, and 7:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday, prior to the following treatments:* Inpatient admissions to a Hospital* Inpatient admissions to free-standing chamical dependancy, mental health, and rehabilitation facilities.* Cancer treatment programs, administered on an inpatient or outpatient basis.* Inpatient or outpatient surgeries relating to hysterectomies, spine surgery, or bariatric surgery.
Preferred hospital and facility plans do not require you to file a claim form when you visit a preferred hospital or facility. They will submit the claim electronically directly to EBMS. If you elect to receive care from a non-network hospital or facility, you may be required to pay in advance and then file a claim for reimbursement from the plan. However, should you ever require care for life-threatening situations, your preferred hospital and facility plan understands that you may receive care before contacting CARE LINK. The emergency room where you receive care may be outside of the preferred hospital and facility network. Most hospitals will file your claim for you; others may send the bill directly to you for you to coordinate with your plan.If you do need to submit a claim form, which is available on the website below, you can mail it directly to: Employee Benefit Management Services, P. O. Box 21367, Billings, MT 59104 Otherwise, you can forward the forms to the City of Billings, Human Resources dept for EBMS. They pick up mail daily.
You can log into your EBMS account by accessing the website below. If you are a new user, select the new user sign up button. Complete the registration form. (Note: If you are already registered, you will just need to login with the user name and password you previously set up.) EBMS will immediately validate your eligibility status. Once verified, you will have instant access to your miHealthManager and miBenefits, which includes personal health information, claims, flex status, requesting ID cards, and much more. You may also contact EBMS directly at (406) 869-5505 or HR at (406) 657-8265.
The IT (Information Technology) Department is located at Cityhall.
Residents of Montana are eligible for a library card at no charge.
Individuals must show a photo identification and proof of current address to receive a library card.
Non-residents of Montana may purchase regular library cards for $20 per quarter (three months) or $75 per year. Call (406) 657-8258 or fill out a Online Library Card Application.
Meeting rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis, though Library-sponsored programs will always have priority. Call (406) 657-8290 or stop at any service desk to make meeting room reservations.The last meeting of the day must be over by one hour before closing time. Food and drink are permitted in the meeting rooms, but groups must leave the rooms clean at departure. Prior to the meeting, the booking must be confirmed by completion of a meeting room reservation form at the Library.Meetings must be open to the public at no charge to those attending and may be held only during the time from one hour after the Library opens until one hour before the Library closes. Private, commercial activities are prohibited and City Code prohibits alcoholic beverages in public buildings.
Third floor meeting room: This is available Monday - Saturday after 10:00 am. No meetings are permitted on Sundays. Meeting room space will be booked for one meeting at a time, dependent on availability, no more than three months in advance. Only one meeting or event at a time will be held on the third floor.
Second Floor Computer Classroom: The Computer Classroom has 12 PCs available for training or taking online tests. The computers are equipped with standard office software. No food or drink is permitted in the Classroom. It is available each open day, including open Sundays from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Reservations must be made through the Assistant Director or Administrative Coordinator for organizations outside the City of Billings wishing to use the computer classroom; only one reservation at a time is permitted.
For the Second Floor meeting rooms, multiple meetings may be scheduled as follows:
Second Floor Large Study: The Large Study is a conference room that can seat small groups. Maximum group size is 15 people. It is available each open day, including open Sundays from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
Second Floor Small Study: The Small Study is a conference room that can seat very small groups. Maximum group size is 5 people. It is available each open day, including open Sundays from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm.
Yes, regularly scheduled story times are available. A current schedule is available in the Storytime Calendar or the Children's Page or by calling Children’s Services at (406) 657-8256.
See our Hours page for information on open hours, holidays and other days the library may be closed, or call (406) 657-8259 for our automated hours line. Generally speaking, the library is open from 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, Monday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday, and 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday. Sundays from the weekend after Labor Day to the weekend before Memorial Day, the library is open from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. The library is closed on Sundays during the summer.
The person for whom the library was named. See our About the Library page for links to his picture and the history of the library.
You may board the bus at any of the 450+ MET designated bus stop signs throughout the City, located approximately every 1/4 mile on 13 routes. When the bus is a half block away, just give the Bus Driver a wave, indicating you would like to board.
Bus passes may be purchased at the MET office at 1705 Monad Rd, at City Hall at 210 N. 27th, at Ticket Vending Machines at the Downtown Transfer Center and Stewart Park Transfer Center, and online by visiting the UMO website or by downloading the UMO smartphone app. Student bus passes may be purchased at School District 2 Middle and High schools during the school year.
Please click on the following link for additional information.
MET Bus Drivers cannot make change. You will need the correct change.
Effective October 2, 2023, the fixed-route bus service operates from 5:45 am to approximately 8:00pm, Monday - Friday and 8:00 am to 5:45 pm on Saturdays.
There are two transfer centers. The Downtown Transfer Center is located at 220 North 25th Street. The Stewart Park Transfer Center is located at 26th Street W. and Central Ave. (behind Rimrock Mall).
Yes, transfers are free within the first half hour of boarding a MET bus. To transfer, notify your the Bus Driver of the transfer and you will be provided a transfer slip if you paid with cash. Give this slip to the Bus Driver on the second bus when boarding. If you pay using an UMO fare card or smartphone app, the system will track your transfer eligibility for the 1/2 hour timeframe, and you will not need to get a transfer slip from the Bus Driver.
Effective October 2, 2023, Route 1-Downtown Circulator travels to the Airport five times daily during normal weekday hours; there is no service to the Airport on Saturdays.
All of the buses are equipped with front bike racks. Due to safety reasons, bikes are not allowed in the interior of the bus. Please click on the following link for additional information.
The MET Plus program is for individuals within 3/4 mile of a fixed-route bus route and whose disabling condition prevents them from using the regular fixed-route bus service. An application form must be completed and submitted to MET Transit. Please note, during the application process, verification from a qualified professional is required to verify disabling conditions. Please click on the following link for additional information.
During the application process, the applicant will be required to obtain professional verification of their disabling condition. The qualified professional providing the verification should be the one who knows you best, and can determine what your disabilities are, and if the disabilities qualify you for MET-Plus paratransit service.
MET Plus clients must call (406) 657-8218 at least 24 hours, or up to two weeks, in advance before your requested ride. MET Customer Service is available Monday - Friday between the hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
MET Customer Service is available at (406) 657-8218, Monday - Friday between the hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
MET Plus service hours mirror fixed route service hours.
Please click the following link for Fare information:
Fares may be paid with cash, check, or credit card (at the MET office or over the phone). Clients may pay on a ride by ride basis or they may choose to put additional fares on their individual account balance. Account balances will be deducted from each time a client rides with MET Plus Transportation.
Fares may be paid with cash, check, or credit card (at the MET office or over the phone). Clients may pay on a ride by ride basis or they may choose to put additional fares on their individual account balance. Account balances will be deducted from each time a client rides with MET Plus Transportation.
You can: Contact the court to reschedule your appearance, please call (406) 657-8490. You can appear on a different open-court session. Open-court is held 3 weeks a month on every Monday and Friday at 9:00 am.
City of Billings Warrants | Please call the Billings Municipal Court - Phone: 406.657.8490 or
Billings Police Department - Phone: 406.657.8460
Yellowstone County Justice Court (misdemeanor) Warrants | Yellowstone County Justice Court
Yellowstone County District Court (felony) Warrants | Please call the Yellowstone County District Court -
Your maximum projected cost is $52.66 per $100,000 of appraised value. So, if your appraised value is $300,000, then your estimated cost will be $157.98.The bonds will be issued over 3-5 years, so the cost will increase gradually starting in 2024. After 20 years, the bonds will be paid off.
Yes, we have over $230 million worth of projects that could have been included in this bond.
Projects were selected first to repair/replace existing facilities, second to complete partially finished parks, and third to leverage other funding sources that are not property tax dependent.
Most of the projects will require some time to do detailed designs.
We will work with our engineers and construction team to determine the most efficient way to deliver value quickly to the community.
It will most likely take 5 years or more to work through all the projects.
Each project will have its own community steering committee that monitors scope, budget, and timeline.
When decisions have to be made about which assets are included, then the committee will make those recommendations.
The committee will have the option to raise additional funds privately if they wish to include features that would bring their project over budget.
No project can reduce the budget of another project. This goes for the recreation center as well.
If the rec center goes over its allocated budget, the scope will be reduced, they will use value engineering to reduce the cost, or they will raise additional funds from private donors.
The parks department has been underfunded for years, so a parks and trails levy will be necessary regardless of whether or not this bond is passed by voters.
We are confident that we can maintain and operate these new parks through the construction period.
We are getting lots of donations, grants, and other revenues to help pay for these projects! In fact, nearly 30% of the total project cost is from sources other than a property tax increase.
It's fairly typical to target 10-15% for donations, so we're far exceeding that guideline.
Donations, grants, and other revenue sources will be used to either (1) not borrow as much as we possibly can or (2) help make the annual bond payments.
Think of it like a mortgage. Donations and grants that we receive before we issue bonds are like a higher down payment on your house. Your mortgage is smaller.
On the other hand, donations and grants we receive after we issue the bonds are like getting an inheritance that you use to help with your mortgage payment. We can use those to pay our annual bond payment meaning taxpayers have to chip in less.
If we don't reach the goal of the private capital campaign, we may have to reduce project budgets.
We are very confident that we will reach the goal though, and we are already well on our way.
On the other hand, if we exceed our target, then we may be able to increase project budgets that have been reduced in order to make the bond size smaller.
The city doesn't really have any other options.
Our state legislature controls our funding options and they have thus far refused to allow cities to decide on a local sales tax or other mechanism that would help pay for these investments.
No, Billings has never sought or passed a levy to pay for parks, trails, and recreation.
We passed a small ($1.5 million) bond in 1999. We also had Park District 1 which helped with maintenance of our parks for about 10 years, but that special district has been turned off by the state legislature.
The City of Billings has set a budget increase of 5.9% this year, which was just lower than inflation.
There is no massive windfall coming even though most of our property appraisals went up greatly.
We do expect the rec center to operate at a loss.
However, the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) has voted to cover the operational deficit, a value of up to $8 million over the next 10 years!
A feasibility study was completed in 2019 that reviewed location options as well as provided financial estimates on a number of configurations.
That study was further refined in a master plan that City Council adopted in 2022.
The location by Amend Park is strategic due to its central location and ease of access.
Locating it in the South Billings Urban Renewal Area also enables us to tap into approximatley $25 million worth of tax increment financing.
A committee of citizens with skills in financial analysis, legal contracts, and recreation will be created to determine the best management option for the rec center. This work will kick off as soon as possible if the bond is passed on November 7.
There will be fees to use the rec center. The fees will be used to cover the cost of operations as well as establish a long-term capital maintenance fund. It is too early to know what the fees will be, but city residents will certainly pay lower rates than non-residents.
The primary mission of the rec center will be to support the diverse recreational needs of Billings citizens. A secondary, though important, mission will be to support economic development through sports tourism. A key criteria for the success of the rec center will be accessibility to the people that are paying to build it.
The goal of this proposal is to improve the health and safety of Billings through increased recreational opportunities for all citizens.
The parks, trails, and recreation center in the package all work together towards that goal.
Separating projects out into different ballot questions would have severely compromised the integrity of the solution.
One you have determined your properties zoning, you will go to Sec. 27-300. The setback requirements are listed in the table for your specific zoning.
Once you have established your property zone, you will go to Sec. 27-300 to determine placement and setback requirements for attached and detached garages. In Sec. 27-1008 (D) you will find Detached Accessory Residential Structures. Detached buildings for accessory uses greater than 200 square feet in size shall not exceed the principal building first story gross floor area on the lot or 1,500 square feet, whichever is less.
Once you have established your Zoning, go to Sec. 27-300 and look up your specific zone. The table lists the lot coverage available. You will times the lot size by the available lot percentage. (ex. 7000 sq ft lot times 60% = 4200 lot coverage available).
Home occupations are allowed in Residential areas with a City of Billings business license. Restrictions on home occupations Sec. 27-1000 (M) can be found here.
Subdivision information and contact information can be found here.
Each Zoning District has a list of Permitted, Permitted Limited, Permitted use Restrictions and Permitted through Special Review. The specific zoning district use table can be found in Table 27-1000.1 Billings Primary Use Table
Yes, fence permits that are between the height of 4 feet and six feet are required under the Unified Zoning Code. The permit can be found here.
The Billings Police Department is located on the first floor of City Hall at 220 N 27th Street. City Hall sits on the corner of 3rd Avenue N and N 27th. The front desk service window hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Hours of operation:8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m Friday
The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s office is located at 2323 2nd Ave N. The emergency number is 911. The non-emergency number is (406) 256-2929. The Sheriff’s Office is open 24 hours a day.
Go to the Billings Police Department at 220 N 27th St.Service Window hours of operation:Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pmThere is a $5 fee for your record. A valid photo ID is required to complete the request.
The Billings Police Department uses volunteers on an as-needed basis. For more information about volunteer opportunities, please call (406) 247-8590
The City of Billings usually holds an auction in June to dispose of property it no longer needs. The Billings Police Department consigns items to this sale. To find out where and when the next auction will be call (406) 657-8470.
Please see Billings Police Crime Statistics in the Document Center under Police or click the quick link.
The service is provided by the Billings Police Department Crime Prevention Center by appointment only. The CPC is located at: 2910 3rd AVE. N. Billings, MT PH#:(406)247-8590 HOURS OF OPERATION 8:00 am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday
The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office is responsible for the offender registry. You can call (406) 256-2939 or visit http://www.doj.mt.gov/svor/
A restraining order may be obtained from Municipal Court or Justice Court. Municipal Court will only consider orders involving partners or family members. All others must go to Justice Court. The first step is to pick up an application at the proper court and fill it out completely. The clerk of court will then make an appointment for the petitioner to see the judge.
Click on the link below to report an abandoned vehicle.
Frequently Asked Questions – Public Safety Mill Levy 2021 (Last updated 10-22-2021)
Q What will passage of this mill levy mean for the City of Billings?
A If the new mill levy is approved, it will add staff and resources to the City’s Police, Fire, Legal, Court, and Code Enforcement within the following areas:
Legal, Court, & Code Enforcement
On Going Public Safety Needs
Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Total Additional Resources
Q What will failure of this mill levy mean for the City of Billings?
A If the 2021 mill levy does not pass, the City will not add these new resources. Violent crime (aggravated assaults, armed robberies, rapes and homicides) has increased by over 200% over the past decade while our population has grown by less than 20%. Without additional resources, domestic violence victims are not given adequate legal representation, criminals are not held accountable, and responses to emergency’s are not as effective as they could be.
Q When are ballots going to be received, and when are they due?
A Ballots will be mailed out on October 13. Ballots must be returned to the Yellowstone County Elections Office by November 2nd.
Q How much have calls for services within the Fire Department increase in the past 10 years?
A The Fire department receives over 18,000 calls for service annually. This is an increase of 68.9% since 2010.
Q What types of calls does the Fire Department respond to?
A In 2020, the Billings Fire Department responded to 18,284 calls for service. 47% Emergency Medical & Rescue Calls. 53% Fires, Fire Alarms (malicious & non-malicious), Utilities Calls, Hazardous Materials, Gas Line Ruptures, Service Assists, etc.
Q How much has violent crime increased in Billings over the past 10 years?
A Incidents of violent crime in Billings have increases by 268% over the past decade. In 2010, there were 307 incidents of violent crime vs 1,132 in 2020. Over the first ¾ of 2021, billings has experienced over 1,050 incidents of violent crime.
Q How does this PSML address accountability when there is limited jail space?
A Incarceration is not the only means of administering justice. Most crimes don’t include jail sentences. Most involve fines and restitution. For crimes that do require incarceration, we are continually working with Yellowstone County to ensure adequate jail space is available. The State of Montana, Yellowstone County, and City of Billings are currently working on a program to address multiple facets of the criminal justice system in Billings, which includes jail diversion (for those who don’t belong in jail), moving the State’s prisoners out of our jail (it is common for State prisoners to occupy 20% of local beds) and we are encouraging the county to expand the jail.
Q How does this PSML address mental health? Where/what will the money ($400K) go toward?
A The PSML includes $415,000 annually to be granted to community partners who provide mental health and addiction services. The City has is a critical partner in the Substance Abuse Connect coalition. We will use our public dollars to leverage county tax dollars in partnership with private service providers to reduce the impacts of addiction and mental health is having on the city’s first responders. These investments are meant to help those who need services but are not best served by incarceration or in the emergency room.
Q The voters approved a Public Safety Levy last year. Why is there another this year?
A Last years mill levy did not include increasing the capacity of any part of our criminal justice system or fire response capabilities. The approved levy prevented the city from needing to downsizing PD, FD and 911 personnel. The city increased the size of these three divisions by 22 personnel between 2016 and 2019, relying on cash reserves (savings account) to cover these costs. Please listen to the “Unfiltered” Billings Police Dept. podcast Part 3.
Q How will the Fire Department Mobile Response Vehicles (MRV) be staffed?
A We intend to use firefighters. All city of Billings firefighters are EMTs and approx. 25% are paramedics. Two teams of two with at least one paramedic on each unit. One roving the east/downtown and one roving the west/midtown during the peak hours of the day. Conceptually, we intend to use a hybrid system with internal personnel and augment with new recruits.
Q What is the purpose of the MRV?
A To quickly respond EMS resources during our busiest hours of the day and to keep engine crews available for more labor intensive and severe calls. These teams, if available may also help with said labor intensive type calls, such as fires, rescues and hazardous materials.
Q How will this plan be implemented?
A If voters approve the mill levy, the City will not begin collecting the tax revenue until Dec. of 2022. However, if the mill levy is successful in Nov. 2021, the City will begin immediately implementing the programs identified in this levy using cash from our savings account. The City anticipates it will take 2 years to fully implement the new public safety programs and resources.
Q Where can I find more information?
A Billingsmt.gov/psml – this website includes video presentations, podcasts, peer review studies and a mathematical formula to show you exactly how much your taxes will increase if voters approve the PSML.
To report a water leak or sewer back-up
Call 406-657-8315 Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for immediate assistance, for after hours emergencies call 406-657-8353
To shut-off water
The meter and shut-off valve are typically together and usually can be found in the utility room, or basement of your residence. If this valve is inoperable the City will need to shut off the service at the curb-valve for the property so you can repair your shut-off valve. Call (406) 657-8315 if you need the water turned off while repairs are being made.
To start or stop collection services, request a green barrel or temporary container, to report a concern, or to make any other inquiries, call the Solid Waste Division at (406) 657-8260.
Yard Waste is collected starting the first full week of April and through the last full week of November.
Learn more about Holiday closures, and guidelines on our webpage.
Find your route collection day on the map.
Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, closed on Sundays and select Holidays, visit our webpage to learn more
5240 Jellison Road
From Billings, head south on South Billings Blvd, cross the Yellowstone River, then turn west (right) on Jellison Rd. The entrance is about a .5 mile from South Billings Blvd on the left hand side of the road. For complete details on the landfill, please visit:
Any unused medications should be taken to an approved drop-off location listed below for safe disposal of prescription and OTC medications (No liquids or sharps are accepted at these locations), see the Guidelines section below for additional information on handling and disposal practices:
Guidelines for proper handling and disposal of medications and sharps in the State of Montana are provided by the Montana Department of Environment Quality (MTDEQ), additional information is available from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA):
Call the Utilities Underground Location Center at (800) 424-5555. Call before you begin any digging project. It's the law.
Water, Sewer and Garbage Utility Services
To start or stop services, or for billing questions call the Utility Service Center at 406-657-8315.
Open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
For after hours emergencies call 406-657-8353
Payments may be made through these methods:
Service Counter (This service is currently suspended due to COVID-19):
Payment drop boxes:
On-line at Public Works Department Payments & Utility Account Services, or by Phone at 406-657-8315.
Please, complete the petition form online at billingsmtpublicworks.gov 2020 FORM.
Petitions must be filed by August 31 for each tax year. If you need additional assistance please call (406) 657-8238.