Code Compliance is part of Development Services with the City of Missoula's Community Planning, Development, and Innovation (CPDI) Department. Our Code Compliance Coordinators work with city, county, and community members to help maintain and improve the health, safety, and quality of life in the Missoula community as it relates to city adopted codes and ordinances.
Code Enforcement is the prevention, detection, investigation, and enforcement of violations of ordinances adopted by the local municipality. These enforcement actions can be related to safety issues, building codes, land use regulations, public works ordinances, snow and hazardous vegetation, and signage
If you suspect a code violation, you may enter a complaint by using the complaint form or contacting the CPDI front desk at 406-552-6630.
Code Compliance does not take anonymous complaints, nor do we conduct active compliance (searching for violations within the city limits). All complaints that come from private citizens are entered with an accurate name and telephone number as well as a physical address location Once the competed form is received, the Compliance Coordinator will initiate an investigation. Fictitious reports will be discarded.
The Hazardous Vegetation and Nuisance Weeds Program's primary purpose is fire prevention. Per the City of Missoula Ordinance (MMC 8.40), any weed or grass over 24 inches tall is a nuisance, being a potential fuel for causing a fire that could damage property or life. The program is not in place for weed mitigation.
The Weed Hazard Program also deals with vegetation that causes a visibility obstruction as defined in MMC 12.28.110. Visibility triangles at intersections must be kept clear for safety reasons, and are illustrated in Standard Drawing 401.
How to Comply with the City Weed Ordinance
Property owners in Missoula are responsible for maintaining compliance throughout the growth season, which is June 1 through September 30 of each year. This usually means that more than one cut may be necessary. Please monitor your property regularly to ensure that growth is no taller than 24 inches.
The City of Missoula intends that our sidewalks are safely passable for people of all ages and abilities in winter. Property owners in Missoula are responsible for making sure the sidewalks adjacent to their property are clear of snow and ice. Please help us keep our community safer by clearing yours and assisting neighbors whenever possible.
Missoula municipal code (MMC 12.16.30) requires residents to clear sidewalks of snow and ice by 9 a.m. the morning following a snowfall. If property owners do not clear their sidewalks, the city may have the sidewalks cleared at the property owners' expense.
How to Comply
- Shovel the snow from your sidewalk onto your property or the boulevard between the sidewalk and street--your lawn will thank you in the spring!
- Clear the full width and length of sidewalk in front of your property, including the handicap ramps at intersections.
- Renters should check your rental agreement or ask your landlord if you are responsible for clearing the sidewalks around your rental property.
- DO NOT shovel snow into the street, bike lanes, or parking lanes.
- DO NOT cover fire hydrants with snow. The fire department won't be able to access it to fight a fire, and Missoula Water personnel won't be able to access it to make repairs.
- DO NOT use deicing agents on sidewalks 2 years or newer. Instead, use sand or other non-corrosive materials.
- Take care to use environmentally friendly deicers such as calcium chloride.