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The City of Kalispell Planning & Building Department is located in the lower level of the Kalispell City Hall at 201 1st Avenue East (at the intersection of 1st Avenue East and 2nd Street East). The mailing address is:
P.O. Box 1997Kalispell, MT 59903
The building department is using the following codes:
The following projects don't require building permits:
A homeowner can do their own plumbing, electrical and mechanical work if they reside at the home; however, permits are still required.
Contractors are required to be registered with the State of Montana, Department of Labor and Industry Employment Relations Division in Helena. You can register through their website or by calling 406-444-9029.
Currently the City of Kalispell only issues business licenses for gas fitters. The Building Department is responsible for administering the gas fitters test and issuing licenses and renewals for both businesses and individual gas fitters. For additional information contact our office at 406-758-7730.
You can now pay for your online permits as part of the online application process. You can either create a PayPal account or use a credit card. Once the permit is submitted to the Kalispell Building Department our Permit Technician will verify the information and payment amount and then issue the permit. If you do not wish to use the online permitting program you can still pay by credit card, mail us a check, or come into our office to pay for your permits, the choice is yours.
When a complaint is brought against someone, the Court sends out a summons to that person which requires them to appear at Court within a certain amount of time. If they appear and plead guilty, you will not have to do anything further. If they plead not guilty, the Court will set a trial date, and the City Attorney's office will send you a subpoena about a month before the date of the trial.
A subpoena is a notice to appear at a trial as a witness. On the day of the trial, come in about 15 minutes early to speak with the Prosecutor. If you like, you can review your witness statement at that time, if you filled one out. When you are called to the stand, tell your story truthfully. You will receive a $10 witness fee for your testimony.
No, the City Attorney's office can request a continuance from the Court, which would postpone the trial until you are available to testify. If you have any conflict with a trial date, you should let our office know at 406-758-7714 as soon as possible.
The Defendant could have pled guilty, signed a plea agreement, or the trial has been scheduled for some time in the future. You can always call the City Attorney's office at 406-758-7714 to ask about a specific case, provided that you are directly involved in it.
Send a letter to the City Attorney's office - at P.O. Box 1997 - requesting the police reports. Include your full name, mailing address, date of birth, arrest date and charge that you were arrested for. They will be mailed to you as soon as possible. You can also fax your request to 406-758-7771.
No. All criminal information is confidential. Because your son is over the age of 18, only he, his attorney, or the victim can receive information on the case. If your son were under age, then you could request the information for him.
The city of Kalispell does not have a city business license program, however you will need to follow all zoning requirements and state statutes and requirements.
You may find the answer you are looking for in this online guide (PDF) designed to help you get involved in State, County, City and Town decisions affecting residents in the Flathead County, Montana area.
You can send a public comment email to the Mayor and all of the City Council or find individual contacts and more information on the city council page.
Yes, you do need a permit. View the online requirements and application form for a city Special Event Permit (PDF). If you plan to serve or sell alcohol, view the requirements and the application form for an additional City Alcohol Permit (PDF).
General information about all the departments and contact information can be found in the welcome guide (PDF).
The County Clerk and Recorder's Office handles all recorded documents. They can be reached at 406-758-5698.
The County Clerk of Court 406-758-5870 handles passports, marriage licenses and divorce records, and birth and death certificates are handled by the County Clerk and Recorder's Office 406-758-5698.
Yes. Call 406-758-7760 to make an appointment. Please specify the following:
Be mindful that our first priority is emergency response and disruptions and / or cancellations may occur.
No. Place an open can of tuna at the base of the tree and leave the area. The cat should come down on its own. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Yes. Stop by either station, preferably between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and we will be happy to take your blood pressure. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
No. Kalispell Fire has been a career department since 1935. If you are interested in volunteering as a firefighter, rewarding opportunities exist in many of the surrounding fire districts. See our resources page for more information.
For faster advanced medical care. Most of Kalispell’s firefighters are cross-trained as paramedics and we carry much of the same medical equipment on our fire apparatus as the ambulances. For serious medical calls, the patient will benefit from having the closest available unit respond to initiate care and having the additional personnel to assist with care and preparation for transport saves even more time. In these cases, an engine company is sent with an ambulance so that advanced care (intravenous access, medication administration, cardiac electrical therapy, etc.) can be done promptly resulting in better patient outcomes. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Calmly pull to the right shoulder or curb and stop, when safe to do so. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Firefighters work a unique schedule consisting of 24-hour shifts and have no allotted meal breaks. They generally combine their own money to supply food for the shift. They do not have the freedom to go anywhere alone, as crew integrity must be maintained to allow the most effective service at the time of an emergency.
Firefighters are often out of their stations for long hours running emergency calls, training, conducting fire inspections, hydrant testing and fulfilling public education requests. They remain available for calls by portable radio and will respond regardless of location or non-emergent status anytime they are outside of the station. Also, this is a great time for the community to say ‘hi’, ask questions of the firefighters, or view the fire apparatus. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Kalispell Fire has a level 3 ISO rating. ISO is a leading source of information about property/casualty insurance risk. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Open burning is prohibited at all times in the city. A small recreational warming fire is allowed so long as it does not produce offensive smoke or odor emissions and is contained inside an approved structure and is not within 25 feet of a structure. Attendance is required at all times and the fire must be fully extinguished upon completion. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
You may call the fire department at 406-758-7760 and schedule an appointment. On some days we may not have a certified technician on duty, so drop-ins are not encouraged. You may also contact the Flathead Health Department and make an appointment. They also provide car seat clinics valley-wide.
Usually riders are limited to EMT-Basic and Paramedic students. However, we do accept riders on a space-available basis at the discretion of the Duty Officer. All riders may be subject to a background check. Riders that are not affiliated with a recognized college and an approved course of study will be strictly observers only. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
The Kalispell Fire Department occasionally hires qualified individuals, as needed. We look for motivated people with work history and education related to the fields of pre-hospital medicine (EMS) and fire science. As with most career departments, the selection process is highly competitive and should warrant serious preparation. When openings occur, we conduct our own hiring process including: a written exam, physical agility test, background questionnaire and multiple interview panels. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
All relevant Emergency Medical Services coursework is offered locally at Flathead Valley Community College.
Kalispell firefighters maintain 20 hours of training per month as a minimum standard. All firefighters are at least EMT-Basic certified, with most being Paramedics; these Emergency Medical Services certifications have additional continuing education requirements. They also conduct “company-level” commercial fire prevention inspections, check and maintain equipment and apparatus, teach fire safety to schools, test hydrants, study, maintain physical condition, conduct station tours, supervise fire drills, and document all fire and Emergency Medical Services calls. Some firefighters are involved in various departmental committees and special teams, such as hazardous materials, rope rescue and tactical paramedicine (SWAT medic). Due to shifts of 24 hours, firefighters also shop, pay for, and prepare all of their own meals and complete normal household chores around the station. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
First line supervisors should conduct work site surveys of their area on a regular basis, at least quarterly. These surveys should include observations of work site safety and housekeeping issues and should specifically address:
Also, they should ensure that an emergency evacuation plan is present in work areas and that personnel are familiar with the plan. Emergency egress should be kept clear and every exit clearly visible or the route to it conspicuously identified in such a manner that occupants of the building will readily know the direction of escape from any point. Main building exit and main pathways to exits are to be marked by illuminated exit signs. Each exit sign (other than internally illuminated signs) are to be illuminated by a reliable light. All building or business safety equipment (extinguishers, fire hoses, exit signs, emergency lab equipment, etc.) need to be inspected at least annually and repaired or replaced if inoperative, damaged or missing. At no time should an exit be blocked. Any doorway or passageway which is not an exit or access to an exit but which may be mistaken for an exit, must be identified by a sign reading "Not An Exit" or a sign indicating its actual use (i.e., "Storeroom"). For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Mount smoke detectors in the middle of the ceiling, if possible. If not, mount detectors on the wall, at least three feet from a corner and four to six inches from the ceiling. Keep detectors away from fans or air ducts.
Avoid placing the detector too close to kitchen stoves and bathroom showers. Mount basement detectors at the bottom of the basement stairwell. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
They may not need to be serviced but even if an extinguisher hasn't been used, it still needs to be inspected to make sure there's no corrosion, that nothing has been damaged, and that everything is set for it to operate properly when needed. In many cases, they just need to be examined and / or weighed (Carbon Monoxide extinguishers). However depending on extinguisher type and age (usually every six years for those over 12 years old) they must be taken apart, inspected internally or pressure tested, then reassembled, recharged and permanently marked with a label indicating the service date. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
At each sprinkler, the water under pressure in the pipe is held back by a plug held in place either by metal parts or a small glass vial filled with fluid. When sufficient heat hits a sprinkler, the special solder holding the metal parts together melts, or the fluid in the glass vial expands enough to break the glass. In either case, the plug is released and the water begins to flow. Fire sprinklers are proven to save lives, enabling occupants to escape the area of the fire. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Generally, several detectors are required to provide full protection. Smoke detectors should be installed on every living level of the home, inside each bedroom, and in the main corridor outside each bedroom area. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Yes, there are. The universal standard extinguisher (good on most small fires you might encounter) for the last 10 to 20 years is the "ABC," or multi-purpose extinguisher. It can be used on a Class A, B or C fire.
However, there are several other kinds of extinguishers available which are only effective when used on the kind of fire for which they were intended. These include:
For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Extinguishers, fire hoses and other fire safety equipment (alarms, exit signs, emergency lights) need to be checked on a regular basis to ensure they are in working condition. Typically a quick visual check is to be done at least monthly by an employee or the monitor in the area. Under law, extinguishers and hoses must be checked and documented at least once a year by a qualified inspector. They also must have a sign-off tag (or other documentation) to verify that they have been inspected.
Extinguishers must be recharged any time that they have been used (of course), if the pin has been pulled (seal broken), or the gauge is not in the green (or whatever color the proper pressure area happens to be). Even if an extinguisher was only used a small amount it must be serviced as the used powder clogs the valve and prevents reuse. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
There are two basic types of smoke detectors: ionization and photo-electronic. Both are effective at detecting fire, yet each has a unique detecting system. Each type of detector comes as AC- operated smoke detectors or battery-powered smoke detectors. Some AC detectors come with a battery back-up system. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Only in the make-believe world of movies! In real life, each sprinkler is independent and has to be subjected to direct heat to go off. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Install a minimum of two detectors even in single level homes. Install a smoke detector in each bedroom as well as the main corridor outside of the bedroom area. Install a smoke detector above stairwells. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Absolutely not; it takes actual heat, usually 165 degrees Fahrenheit, to set off a sprinkler. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7760.
Yes, a commercial building permit is required for the review of plans for fire alarm and sprinkler systems. The fee also includes any necessary inspections that would be required to ensure the systems are installed and working properly.
Of course, please call our office at 406-758-7730 to make arrangements to meet in our office or on site.
First line supervisors should conduct work site surveys of their area on a regular basis, at least quarterly. These surveys should include observations of worksite safety and housekeeping issues and should specifically address:
Also, they should ensure that an emergency evacuation plan is present in work areas and that personnel are familiar with the plan. Emergency egress should be kept clear and every exit clearly marked or the route to it conspicuously identified in such a manner that occupants of the building will readily know the direction of escape from any point.
For businesses with occupancy loads of 50 or greater the main building exit and main pathways to exits are to be marked by illuminated exit signs. Each exit sign (other than internally illuminated signs) are to be illuminated by a reliable light.
The universal standard extinguisher (good on most small fires you might encounter) for the last 10 to 20 years is the “ABC”, or multi-purpose extinguisher. It can be used on a Class A, B, or C fire.
Extinguishers, fire hoses and other fire safety equipment (alarms, exit signs, emergency lights) need to be checked on a regular basis to ensure they are in working condition.
Typically a quick visual check is to be done at least monthly by an employee or the monitor in the area. Under law, extinguishers and hoses must be checked and documented at least once a year by a qualified inspector. They also must have a sign-off tag (or other documentation) to verify that they have been inspected.
Extinguishers must be recharged anytime that they have been used, if the pin has been pulled (seal broken), or the gauge is not in the proper pressure area. Even if an extinguisher was only used a small amount it must be serviced as the used powder clogs the valve and prevents reuse.
There are two basic types of smoke detectors: Ionization and photo-electric. Both are effective at detecting fire, yet each has a unique detecting system. Each type of detector comes as AC-operated smoke detectors or battery-powered smoke detectors. Some AC detectors come with a battery back-up system. Photoelectric detectors should not be installed within 10 feet of a cooking appliance.
Since there are many variables in the mounting of smoke detectors please call the Kalispell Building Department for additional information.
Yes. Carbon Monoxide Detectors are required in all residences with attached garages and / or gas appliances. Montana state law requires that all residential rental properties have at least one carbon monoxide detector regardless of when the structure was built.
Refer to your Citation, Court Document or view the court schedule online.If you have been appointment a Public Defender you may call them at 406-751-6080.
Bond refunds are mailed within two to four weeks after ordered returned by the Judge after the case has been disposed.
If you have a warrant you must appear in front of a Judge. You should report to the Court immediately. If there is a warrant out for your arrest and you have contact with law enforcement, you may be arrested and taken to jail.
You will need to go to Flathead County Justice Court which is located at 920 South Main Street, Kalispell Mt.
No, there are certain charges you must appear for. Most minor traffic tickets are able to be paid for at the window or on-line rather than appearing in front of the Judge.
Kalispell Municipal Court does not have the power to expunge a conviction. The legislature has granted that authority exclusively to District Courts.
If your sentence was deferred at the time it was pronounced AND you have successfully completed all conditions of the sentence, the Court can dismiss the charge and seal your cause number. What that means is that the public does not have access to the details of the conviction and your criminal record will state that the charge has been dismissed.
If you believe you meet both of these conditions, then you should file a Motion to Dismiss with the court.
This request will be denied if the Court finds that you (1) did not complete all conditions of your sentence on time; (2) if you had a new charge during the time the deferred sentence was running or (3) if the time for deferment has not expired.
If you did not receive a deferred sentence and believe your conviction should be taken off your record, you may be best served by consulting an attorney.
The Montana Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) assigns points to convictions for traffic offenses. Municipal Court is required to report all convictions to the DMV. On receipt of notice that an individual has a conviction, the DMV will place points on your record. If you accumulate too many points on your record, you could lose your driving privileges.
Each insurance company has different methods of determining your insurance rates. Many base some rate changes on the points the DMV places on your driving record.
You can check your driver’s license status with the DMV to find out how many points you have with the DMV [https://dojmt.gov/driving/driving-records/].
Some of the more common points include:DUI = 10 pointsDriving While Suspended = 6 pointsReckless Driving = 5 pointsNo Insurance = 4 pointsSpeeding = 3 pointsCareless Driving = 2 pointsMoving Violations = 2 points
A ticket can be dismissed at trial, by motion of the City Attorney’s Office or by motion supported by legal authority which has been properly served on the City Attorney.
The Court will not dismiss your ticket based on your explanation about what happened without allowing the City Attorney’s Office to be heard and present witnesses.
Many people represent themselves and many people do so successfully. Please visit our Self Help section for information on hearings and trials as well as some forms you may find helpful. However, if you are charged with something that may involve a jail sentence, you should consider this option carefully. There can be risks associated with self-representation and you should be aware that some offenses in Municipal Court can have unexpected long term consequences on gun rights or driving privileges. The Court will try to answer any procedural questions you have during the process, but the Court cannot tell you how to proceed nor can it give you any legal advice. You will be expected to conduct yourself appropriately and understand the basic rules of evidence and procedure.
Yes. You must appear when required. Failure to appear will result in a warrant for your arrest. The failure to appear could also affect any future sentence.
The court mails payments as it collects the money from the person ordered to pay restitution. An order of restitution does not guarantee that the court will be able to collect on your behalf.
Surcharges are set by the Legislature or City Council and are used to purchase court technology, police academy training, and the crime victim compensation fund.
Defendants who are represented by attorney should request their counsel file a motion to continue on their behalf.If you represent yourself (Pro Se) you may motion the court in writing to continue a scheduled hearing. Clerks can provide you with a form to complete, and there is one on-line, which should be brought to the City Attorneys so their office can indicate on the motion whether the continuance is opposed by the prosecution or not. Your motion should indicate how much time in weeks you are asking for and why. The motion should be signed and dated by the defendant and filed with the court.
If the citation issued to a defendant does not already indicate that the court must address restitution, victims may contact the City Attorneys (406) 758-7714 to request a Notice of Restitution Request be filed with the court.
Please be prepared to show photo ID at the counter. Defendants under the age of 18 must appear with a parent or guardian.
If the judge ordered a Deferred Imposition of Sentence on a traffic violation you will need to contact the court on/after the deferral period. A clerk will be able to grant the deferral if the balance was paid as ordered and there have been no new violations. Within a few business days the state will remove the points associated with the conviction from your driving record. Deferred criminal charges require the defendant or their attorney to request in writing that the deferral be granted. Certain government agencies will still be able to see record of charges but not the general public. The court is of limited jurisdiction and cannot expunge a record but defendants may petition in a District Court to have the physical and electronic record of a conviction destroyed.
The City of Kalispell Planning and Building Department is located in the lower level of Kalispell City Hall at 201 1st Avenue East (at the intersection of 1st Avenue East and 2nd Street East). The mailing address is:P.O. Box 1997Kalispell, MT 59903
For more information, contact us at 406-758-7739.
The Kalispell Planning and Building Department has jurisdiction only over properties that are either within the current city limits of Kalispell or properties just outside the city limits if the owner wants to pursue annexation into the city. Otherwise you should contact the following offices depending on the location of your property:
You can either send an email or we will forward your comments/concerns to the planning board if you write a letter to:
Kalispell Planning and Building Department201 1st Avenue EKalispell, MT 59901
The planning board meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. at the Kalispell City Council Chambers, 201 1st Avenue East. For more information, contact the Planning department at 406-758-7739.
The planning department provides zoning maps on our website in PDF format on our maps page. The zoning map also contains information on the city limits boundary and the location of the Highway 93 Alternate Route. If you choose to contact our office at 406-758-7940 you will need to have either the address or a legal description of the property in order for us to locate it on the map.
In addition, our Zoning Ordinance can be accessed on our Regulations page. The zoning district descriptions include permitted and conditional uses for the zone and property development standards such as setbacks, parking requirements, and fencing regulations.
Yes, a permit is required for a new sign or changing out an existing sign. The permit application can be downloaded from our website by selecting the Applications page.
In addition temporary signs such as banners, a-frame signs or other temporary signs also require a permit. The temporary sign permit application can be downloaded from our website also by selecting the Applications page on the right. For more information, contact us at 406-758-7739.
Contact the Water Department at 406-758-7745.
There are three ways to pay. They are as following:
Yes, you can pay your bill online.
Yes, sewer is based on water usage.
All residential users who do not have separately metered sprinkling services will be charged during the months of May, June, July, August, September, and October $1.55 per thousand gallons on the amount of consumption used in excess of the winter average period (November through February).
We attempt to read all water meters monthly. If a reading is unattainable, your usage will be estimated and a note will be sent to the owner requiring our meter techs to maintenance your meter.
Meters are read from left to right, the same as the odometer on an automobile.
Water meters are generally located in the crawlspace or utility room of most older residences. They can also be in the front yard located in a meter pit.
There is a shut-off valve located below your meter (see where is my meter?). If this valve is inoperable the City will need to shut off the service at the curb-valve located at the front of the property so you can repair your shut-off valve. Call 406-758-7745 if you need the water turned off while repairs are being made.
By paying the monthly water service repair fee any leak on your service line between the water main and the curb valve (usually at the property line) will be repaired by the Water Department. All other leaks, except the water meter unless frozen or damaged by the customer, are the responsibility of the property owner.
Hardware stores usually sell pipe insulation that is inexpensive and easy to install. Meters can be protected by wrapping insulation around them. A blanket can be used as a temporary precaution.
As weather conditions change we often must alter our snow-fighting strategy in the midst of the snow removal operations in order to control drifting snow, ice or other special problems. We cannot give you an estimate of when your street will be cleared due to ever-changing weather conditions.
We understand that clearing snow berms is inconvenient and frustrating, but it is unfortunately a byproduct of snow plowing. Snow plows are designed to push snow to the side. It is inevitable for snow to be deposited at the end of driveways and on sidewalks during plowing. To minimize the impact, we recommend piling the snow to the right side of your driveway when facing the street. The plows make four to six passes down a street to clear it curb to curb which may deposit additional snow after you have shoveled. Our drivers plow at low speeds to minimize these issues, but this is an inevitable side effect of plowing which can be exacerbated by higher snowfall amounts and light fluffy snow.
We are sorry that this occasionally happens, but in making as many roads passable to the community as a whole and as quickly as possible, there is no way to avoid it. It is the property owner or occupant’s responsibility to clear the berms from their driveway.
Unfortunately, snow removal services are not available from the City. The City encourages residents to reach out to a family member, friend, neighbor, or a local organization that may be able to help.
When plowing, the snow may end up on the driveway you just shoveled. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes you. If your schedule permits, you may want to wait and clear your driveway after City plows have passed through your street. If it is a significant snowfall, the snowplows will probably be back.
Streets are typically opened with one pass through, so that streets can be made passable for drivers as soon as practical. Snowplows may return to open the street curb-to-curb. This is done to clear areas for on-street parking, where it is permitted, and to allow melting snow to drain into catch basins. We regret that you may find some of this snow on your recently shoveled driveway and you have to shovel it again.
If your driveway is cleared before the street is completed, clear the area to the right of the driveway if you are facing the house, (the oncoming side). When the plow comes by the snow will dump in this clear area instead of your driveway approach. The more snow you clear from this area, the less will be deposited at your driveway entrance.
Residents, businesses, homeowner associations or their snow plowing service are not allowed to plow or shovel snow from their private property, parking areas, driveways or sidewalks into the street. Placing snow in a public street, is a violation of City Code 24-18. Piling or plowing snow into the street creates unsafe situations for drivers, extends the time that snow and ice will remain on the street and adds to the drainage and re-freezing problems in shaded areas.
Alleys are secondary public right-of-ways that are not maintained the same as streets but provide rear driveway access to properties and a corridor for other public utilities and services, such as garbage. The Solid Waste Division, when time allows, will plow the alleys in order for their equipment to service the garbage containers.
It is the property owner’s responsibility to keep the sidewalks adjacent to their property clear of snow and ice per Kalispell Municipal Code 24-17. This City Code applies to all businesses and residents within city limits. Prompt removal of snow and ice keep the sidewalks safe and accessible for pedestrian passage.
The responsibility to keep bike paths clear of snow is addressed in Kalispell Municipal Code 28-03-16 “Sidewalks or bike paths, in instances where a bike path takes the place of a sidewalk along the adjacent street, shall be kept clear of snow, debris, bushes, etc., by the adjacent property owner or by an owners association if one is created for that purpose.”
The residents occupying property near a hydrant are asked to clear snow from the fire hydrants. Consider helping elderly friends, neighbors, or those with medical conditions to keep their fire hydrants clear.
The sidewalks in front of cluster mailboxes are the responsibility of either the homeowners associations or the property owners adjacent to the boxes. The clearing of sidewalks around mailboxes at individual resident properties is the responsibility of the property owner.
If a City snow plow causes lawn damage, please contact the City of Kalispell's Public Works Department at 406-758-7720 on normal business days between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. You will be placed on a list for spring cleanup once all the snow is melted.