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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.
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 wet stamped by a Montana-licensed architect or engineer.
Handouts are available from the Building Division.
Residential (single-family and duplex): 4-7 working days Commercial - Minor: 2-4 weeks Commercial - Major: 3-6 weeks
City of Billings' Building Codes were last adopted on 02/07/2015 per Administrative Order #128.
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 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.
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.
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.
In 1993, the City Council commissioned a study by Marvin and Associates, a local traffic engineering firm, to determine where signals were needed and to prioritize needs. This study is updated periodically by the Traffic Engineering staff to take into account changing traffic volumes and more current accident data. The City Council typically budgets one new signal each year from this list. They have been historically installed in priority order, unless installation with a street reconstruction project makes more sense.
Please keep in mind that traffic signals are predominately a means of assigning which vehicles have the right of way at an intersection. The number of accidents often increases at a location after a signal has been installed, although the most common type of accident may change from right angle accidents to rear-end accidents.
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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.
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.
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 Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 am.
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For questions about garbage assessments, please contact:
Solid Waste Division 4848 Midland Road (406) 657-8285
For questions about encroachment assessments, please contact:
Engineering Division 510 N Broadway - 4th Floor (406) 657-8231
For questions about the City levy, fire hydrants and/or Special Improvement District (SID) assessments, please contact:
Finance Division 210 N 27th St (406) 657-8223
If you are interested in having street lights installed on your street, please contact:
City Engineer's Office510 N Broadway - 4th Floor(406) 657-8231
The landfill is located at 5240 Jellison Rd. The easiest route is to go 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: Billings Regional Landfill Information
Residential service is $10.71 per month, per unit, so if you have a duplex it will be $10.71 per month for each unit regardless of whether there is one barrel for both units or each unit has a barrel. For residents that have more than one barrel it is $3.57 per month per extra barrel. The charge for service is placed on the utility bill.
Inside City Limits- $18.90/ton, Out of State - $27.30/ton, In State - $22.70/ton. Call (406)247-8633 for special waste rates
There is no charge for City of Billings residents for household trash and yard waste that is less than 1500 pounds. The tonnage fee at the landfill is $18.90 per ton for City of Billings residents. All contractors, Landlords, and commercial businesses, etc are charged at the landfill. Special charges will apply for refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, tires and other unusual items for all Landfill users. All out of City residents will be subject to a charge.
There is no charge for City of Billings residents for household trash and yard waste that is less than 1500 pounds. The tonnage fee at the landfill is $18.00 per ton for City of Billings residents. All contractors, Landlords, and commercial businesses, etc are charged at the landfill. Special charges will apply for refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, tires and other unusual items for all Landfill users. All out of City residents will be subject to a charge. All Rates are subject to a 5% franchise fee, added to the tonnage charge.
You can take motor oil and antifreeze to the landfill during normal landfill hours. We accept car, boat and motor home batteries at the landfill during normal landfill hours. Computers and other electronic waste can also be recycled at the landfill.
We take refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners for $22.67 - $32.84 a unit to remove the Freon.
Inside City Limits- $18.00/ton, Out of State - $26.13/ton, In State - $21.62/ton. All rates are subject to a 5% franchise fee in addition to the above tonnage charges Call (406)247-8633 for special waste rates