Demolition Permits

When do I need a demolition permit?

Demolition Permit(s) (20YY-MSS-DEM-#####) are required:

  • When an entire structure is being demolished. There are some exceptions for storage areas that have no utlity or power connections: 
    • Excluding, non-occupiable, non-vehicle storage, residential structures under 200 sqft.
    • Excluding, non occupiable, non-vehicle storage, commercial structures under 120 sqft.
  • For each structure being demolished on a lot. For example, applicants would need one permit for a house and one permit for the detached garage.
  • For mobile homes on a permanent foundation. Mobile homes may not require a demo permit, but do require permits for utility disconnections.
  • When partial demo work is occurring prior to the issuance of a building permit. For example, if you want to demo the interior of a space while your building permit is in review.
    •  Partial demolition of an existing structure or unit that will occur as part of a residential or commercial building permit typically does not require a separate demo permit if all work will occur after the building permit is issued

How to Apply for a Demolition Permit

  1. Complete a demolition permit application
  2. A site plan indicating what structure(s) are being demoed is highly encouraged. You can take a screenshot or print an overhead view of the property from the Missoula County Property Information System. 
  3. Submit application to coordinators@ci.missoula.mt.us or drop the application off at CPDI.
  4. Departments will review and approve your application.
    • All structures with existing city utility connections (sewer and water) must have permits to abandon services issued and inspected prior to demolition permit approval.
    • All structures must have energy and gas utility suppliers review and approve the disconnects to the property prior to demolition permit approval.
  5. Once approved, Permit & Business License Coordinators will work with the applicant to pay and issue the permit.