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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.
A person can 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 406-247-8647.
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
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.
Animal Ordinance NO. 03-5259
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 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 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.
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 to a site that you can type in a last name and the name of the cemetery (Mountview) and click on "Find". That will take you to a list of everyone buried in Mountview with that last name. Highlight the name you want and click on "View Record" and then when you get to the screen that has the burial information on it, click on "Click Here to Show on Map" and it will show you a printable map of the lot that 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 a week and a day 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 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.
Yes & No. The old Plot Finder will no longer work, but the Locator which is hosted by Yellowstone County, will provide all the features that Plot Finder had, plus more info. The map portion does not show where the individual grave is, but it gives the lot or group of graves in which the individual grave is located.
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 Tanya Punt (email@example.com), Don Vegge (firstname.lastname@example.org ). 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.
City of Billings Covid-19 Website
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.
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 MET bus stop sign or at a safe, accessible intersection (stand before the intersection). When the bus is a half block away just give the Bus Driver a wave to let him know you want to board.
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.
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 -
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.
Public Safety Levy 2020 Frequently Asked Questions (Last updated 8-7-20)
Q1 What will passage of this mill levy mean for the City of Billings
A1 If the new mill levy is approved it will replace the 2004 levy that was fixed at $8.2 million dollars with a new levy that is fixed at 60 mills. This was the original number of mills envisioned in 2004. This will allow the City tax revenue for Public Safety to increase as the City grows. Currently, as the City grows, the 2004 levy does not change and only generates a fixed $8.2 million.
Q2 What will failure of this mill levy mean for the City of Billings?
A2 If the 2020 Mill levy does not pass, the City will have to find other ways to increase revenue or decrease expenses. The adopted fiscal year 2019, 2020 and 2021 budget all anticipated spending approx. $5 million more than revenues. Therefore, unless revenue increases take place, significant cuts to the Criminal Justice, Fire, Parks or Administration Departments will need to be made once reserve levels drop below recommended minimums in approx. 2022 or 2023. The adopted 2020 fiscal year General Fund and Public Safety budgets break down in the following manor:
General/Public Safety Category
Criminal Justice (Police, Courts, Prosecution
Fire Department (Fire & 911 Dispatch)
Park, Recreation & Public Lands
Administration (Council, Admin., Human Resources, Finance)
General Fund + Public Safety Fund Totals:
Q3 With all the development that occurs at the City, why doesn’t that cover increasing costs within our Police and Fire Departments?
A3 Currently the City has two mill levies that are solely for funding Public Safety. One passed in 1998 that is fixed at 20 mills and another passed in 2004 that is fixed at $8.2 million. As the city grows, the mill levy passed in 1998 does generate more revenue for the City’s Police and Fire Departments. However, the levy passed in 2004 does not generate any new money as the City grows. A median home in Billings is valued at 211,000. If a subdivision of 150 homes (all at the median value) is developed in the city, this would mean an additional $8,545.50 generated on the 1998 levy and $0 dollars related to the 2004 levy.
Q4 How many mills are currently levied under the 2004 Public Safety Mill Levy to generate $8.2 million?
A4 In 2019, there were 40.17 mills levied to generate the $8.2 million authorized in the 2004 Levy. When the levy was originally presented to the voters, it was anticipated at that time that it would take 60 mills to generate that $8.2 million. Due to continued growth at the City, the number of mills levied as actually decreased each year and peaked at 54.16 mills. The 2004 levy was phased in over 5 years. Below is the history of mills that have been levied since it was established:
Q5 When are ballots going to be received, and when are they due?
A5 Ballots will be mailed out on August 28th. Ballots must be returned to the Yellowstone County Elections office by September 15th.
Q6 What has been the experience of the Billings Police Department calls for service since 2010?
A6 Since 2010, Billings Police Department calls for service has increased 55%. Over this same time-frame the population in the City of Billings increased 5%. In 2019, the Billings Police Department responded to 94,709 calls for service.
Q7 How much has violent crime increased in Billings over the past 10 years?
A7 Violent crime in Billings has more than doubled over the past 10 years. In 2010 there were 307 incidents of violent crime reported in Billings. Compared to 659 incidents in 2019, an increase of 115%.
Q8 How do City of Billings Fire Department response times compare to other cities in Montana?
A8 Due to the significant variables within each community it is very difficult to compare with any other Montana cities. Billings Fire covers an area exceeding 91 square miles. City - 43.75 sq. miles & BUFSA (Billings Urban Fire Service Area) – 47.73 sq. miles and serves an estimated population of 122,000. (City – 110,000 & BUFSA 12,000). By far the next most comparable City in Montana is Missoula. (34.23 sq. miles & 73,340 population). National (NFPA) Standard for single unit – 4 minutes. Billings Fire Department (BFD) single unit travel time – 7:29 minutes. Missoula Fire Department (MFD) single unit travel time – 6:37 minutes. National (NFPA) Standard for full alarm – 8 minutes. BFD first alarm travel time – 14:55 minutes. MFD first alarm travel time – 12:05 minutes.
Q9 What are the types of calls the Fire Department most commonly responds to?
A9 In 2019 the Billings Fire Department responded to 17,001 calls for service. 49% Emergency Medical & Rescue Calls. 51% Fires, Fire Alarms (malicious & non-malicious), Utilities Calls, Hazardous Materials, Gas Line Ruptures, Service Assists, etc.
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.