Planning & Zoning

Our Mission

For the purpose of promoting health, safety, morals, public convenience, general prosperity and public welfare, to conserve and protect property and property values; to secure the most appropriate use of land; and to facilitate adequate but economical provision of public improvements, all in accordance with a comprehensive plan, the Board of Commissioners of Billings County finds it necessary and advisable to regulate the location, height, bulk, number of stories and size of buildings and other structures.

New Construction or Change of Use

Building & Zoning Certificates are required, reviewed, and approved by the Planning & Zoning Department, Zoning Board, and the Board of County Commissioners before:

  • beginning any new construction,
  • moving a building or structure,
  • whenever the outside dimensions of an existing building are altered
  • changing the use of the property, or
  • subdividing land.

Please be advised that if you are to build or bring in any new structures to your property, you are required to contact our office for a Zoning Application before you do any building.

Zoning Schedule

Month/YearDeadline for Applications*Published in BC PioneerZoning Board Meeting Date
1:00pm
Final Review
by County Commissioners
10:00 am
February
2024***
January 25
February
1 & 8
Thursday February 15Tuesday March 5
March 
2024
February 29
March
7 & 14
Thursday March 21Thursday
April 4*
April
2024
March 28
April 
4 & 11
Thursday April 18Tuesday
May 7
May 
2024***
April 25
May 
2 & 9
Thursday May 16Tuesday
June 4
June
2024
May 30June  
6 & 13    

Thursday June 20Tuesday
July 2
July 
2024

June 27July
4 &11
Thursday July 18Tuesday August 6
August
2024

July 25August
8 & 15
Thursday August 22**Tuesday September 3
September 2024***

August 22August 29
& September 5
Thursday September 12**Tuesday October 8
October
2024

September 26October
3 & 10
Thursday October 17Tuesday November 5
November
2024

October 31November
7 & 14
Thursday November 21Tuesday December 3
December
2024

November 28December
5 & 12
Thursday December 19Tuesday January 7
2025

Applications must be received by 4:00 PM on the noted date. Dates and times are subject to change.

Due to our notice requirements, applications are due 3 weeks prior to the meeting. If no items are brought forth for the agenda, the meeting may be cancelled.

*County Commission meets on Thursday instead of Tuesday

** Zoning Meeting date changed due to schedule conflict

***If applications are filed within the one mile ETZ  (Extra Territorial Jurisdiction) the County Zoning Meeting may be rescheduled

Remote Log In for Billings County Zoning Meetings

Billings County Zoning Meetings will be held in person at the Courthouse in Medora.

To attend a meeting remotely via Teams, please email your request at least 24 hours prior to the zoning meeting to Stacey Swanson.

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