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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.
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.
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 February 7, 2020 per Administrative Order #141.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) 841-2040 for additional information.
State of MT Building Permits
You will be notified by telephone 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.