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Subdivision Coordinator
2825 3rd Avenue North
4th Floor
Billings, MT  59101

Ph: (406) 247-8676
Fx: (406) 657-8327


In Montana, a subdivision is any division of land that creates one or more parcels containing less than 160 acres that cannot be described as a one-quarter aliquot part of a US government section so that the parcel may be sold or otherwise transferred. 

The primary purpose for regulating land divisions is to promote orderly growth and development while protecting the natural environment and public health and safety.

The Montana Subdivision and Platting Act (76-3-101 et seq., MCA) requires all local governments to adopt subdivision regulations that are consistent with the State’s regulations.The Yellowstone County Board of Planning, through the Planning Division (commonly referred to as the City-County Planning Department), reviews all land subdivisions within the City of Billings and Yellowstone County, with the exception of the City of Laurel and its planning area.

Administration
The Planning Division administers the City and County subdivision regulations and coordinates reviews by various departments, utilities, schools and other agencies. For more information on the subdivision process including surveys that are exempt from subdivision review, contact the Planning Division at (406) 657-8676.

Subdivision Regulations, As Amended in 2013
City of Billings Subdivision Regulations
Yellowstone County Subdivision Regulations
Subdivision Submittal Requirements
Exempt Survey Submittal Guidelines

**NEW** 2015 Subdivision Regulations Amendments – City of Billings and Yellowstone County
In order to clarify and bring local regulations into harmony with State law, the Planning Division is proposing changes to portions of the 2013 Subdivision Regulations for both the City of Billings and Yellowstone County as they relate to subdivision of land within a flood hazard area. Below are the proposed changes for each jurisdiction. 

2015 City of Billings proposed Subdivision Regulation Amendments
2015 Yellowstone County proposed Subdivision Regulation Amendments

The tentative review and adoption schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, June 8, 2015: Board of County Commissioners’ discussion meeting [2:00 pm, BOCC Board Room, 4th Floor, County Courthouse]
  • Tuesday, June 9, 2015: Yellowstone County Board of Planning public hearing to accept public testimony on both the City and County proposed amendments, and then make a recommendation to the applicable governing body as to their adoption [6:00 pm, 1st Floor Conference Room, 2825 3rd Ave. North]
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2015: Board of County Commissioners to adopt Resolution of Intent and set public hearing date [9:30 am, BOCC Board Room, 4th Floor, County Courthouse]
  • Monday, July 13, 2015: City Council Public Hearing followed by consideration of Ordinance to Adopt the amendments [6:30 pm, City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall]
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015: Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing followed by consideration of Resolution to Adopt the amendments [9:30 am, BOCC Board Room, 4th Floor, County Courthouse]
  • Monday, July 27, 2015: City Council 2nd Reading of Ordinance to Adopt [6:30 pm, City Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall]
For more information, questions or comments, please contact Wyeth Friday at 247-8660 or .

Buildings for Lease or Rent Regulations for Yellowstone County

As required by MCA, Section 76-8-101, et seq., on August 27, 2013, the Yellowstone County Board of Commissioners, under Resolution #13-56, adopted regulations and review procedures for developments creating multiple buildings or units on a single lot for lease or rent. These new regulations are applicable to all development proposals creating multiple units or buildings for lease or rent in Yellowstone County, outside of the incorporated areas of Laurel and Billings.

2013 Buildings for Lease or Rent Regulations