Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is your primary source of information for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please visit their website for the latest updates and information to help you stay healthy.


911 Communications

UPDATE: Thursday, 3/19/2020

Beginning Friday morning 3/20/2020 we have the closed records window to any public contact. Records will still be receiving requests via phone, email and fax. Visitors will be asked at security what they require.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/17/2020

Gallatin County 911 is committed to keeping our public safety responders and citizens safe. As part of that commitment we are committed to keeping our staff safe and healthy in order to maintain operations as normal. In that regard, we are suspending any non-essential visits to our 911 Center on Vaquero Parkway and records department at the Law and Justice Center.

Records will continue to service the front counter, but will not allow any visitors within the office. Over the weekend non-essential visits were suspended within the 911 center itself but not the 911 offices. We are now suspending visits to the 911 offices as well.

You may complete and submit your requests for records from the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure of what type of request to submit contact the Records Department at 406-582-2005.

Email requests to support_services@gallatin.mt.gov. Fax requests to 406-582-2054.

Mail your request and fee to:

Gallatin County 911 Support Services
615 S. 16th Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715

Payment may be made via phone with a credit card for a $3 service fee. Your records may be emailed or mailed dependent on size and nature of request once payment is received. If mailing, there may be an additional fee to cover postage.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate through these changes.


Motor Vehicle Department

UPDATE: Friday, 3/20/2020

Our Belgrade Office is closed to the public today.  We have someone working from the Belgrade Office so we have communication for titlework that is in that office.  Please come to the Bozeman office as we are open until 5:30

UPDATE: Thursday, 3/19/2020

The Belgrade Office hours are 10am - 3pm

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/17/2020

The Belgrade Office (312 W. Main St. Ste. B8) has reopened.

UPDATE: Monday, 3/16/2020

The Gallatin County Motor Vehicle Department will be temporarily closing its Belgrade office starting on Monday, March 16, 2020. However, the Motor Vehicle Office located in the Gallatin County Courthouse (311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman) will remain open. Two staff members from the Belgrade office will be moved to the Courthouse location to assist customers.

To renew your vehicle registration online, do so at: https://app.mt.gov/vrr/renewal/index.html. For info on whether or not your paperwork has been received in our office, or questions on whether or not you have all the paperwork necessary to title and register a vehicle, email us at mv@gallatin.mt.gov (preferred method) or by calling 406-582-3080 (phones only answered between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.)


Treasurer's Office

UPDATE: Thursday, 3/19/2020

The Treasurers Office will complete all transactions through the information window in the Courthouse lobby.

UPDATE: Monday, 3/16/2020

The Gallatin County Treasurer's Office reminds residents to visit itax.gallatin.mt.gov to find information on current tax amounts due and to make payments. Payments can be made online via debit or credit card for a fee (same fee that applies in person), or via e-check for $2. Folks encouraged to call 406-582-3033 for more info.


Election Department

UPDATE: Monday, 3/31/2020

The Election Office will be closed to the public for the length of the COVID-19 emergency to comply with the Governor’s stay at home order and the health and safety of our customers and staff.

We will still:

- Accept voter registration cards via a drop box at the Election Office

Conduct any other essential business of the public by appointment. Please call (406) 582-3060 for assistance.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/17/2020

The Gallatin County Election Department remains open during normal business hours. If you wish to register to vote, but do not want to appear in-person, please print a Voter Registration Application, complete the required information, and mail it to:

Gallatin County Election Department
311 W. Main St., Room 210
Bozeman, MT 59715

State law does not allow these applications to be accepted by email. Voter registration for the upcoming school and special districts election closes on April 6. Voter registration for the federal primary election closes on May 4. Registration for these elections must be done in-person at the election office after these dates.

Absentee ballot applications can be accepted by mail or email. If you wish to receive your federal election ballots in the mail, please complete the Application for Absentee Ballot and email it to gallatin.elections@gallatin.mt.gov or mail to the address above.


Clerk & Recorder's Office

UPDATE: Monday, 3/30/2020

The Clerk & Recorder’s Office will be closed to the public for the length of the COVID-19 emergency to comply with the Governor’s stay at home order and the health and safety of our customers and staff.

We will still:

- Issue birth and death records by mail. (There is also a link on our website to order a vital record online with a credit card)

- Receive documents for recording via e-recording and mail.

- Record the decisions of the County Commission.

Conduct any other essential business of the public by appointment. Please call (406) 582-3050 for assistance.

UPDATE: Friday, 3/20/2020

Due to public health concerns we have closed our plat room to the public indefinitely. Our main office remains open for recording and vital record access.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/17/2020

The Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder’s Office will continue to serve the public during normal business hours and reminds residents of our various online services. The Clerk & Recorder’s Office will remain open to issue vital birth and death records, as well as assist members of the public with access and recordation of county land records.

Online document recording services are available through five vendors – eRecording Partners Network, CSC Corporation Service Company, Indecomm Global Service, Nationwide Title Clearing and Simplifile. The Clerk & Recorder’s Office also offers various other online resources on the Clerk & Recorder’s Office Webpage including access to Gallatin County resolutions, ordinances, contracts and bids, as well as our online Document Search to purchase and search recorded documents dating back to around 1980.

Birth and death records will continue to be issued to walk-in customers on a same-day basis. Mail requests for these vital records can be made by authorized individuals by mailing a completed request form found on the Clerk & Recorder’s Webpage, accompanied by proper identification and fees.

Our staff is available during normal work hours to assist members of the public with any questions pertaining land and vital statistic records, as well as to assist with online services. Please call (406) 582-3050 or email clerkandrecorder@gallatin.mt.gov with questions.


Planning & Community Development

UPDATE: Friday, 3/27/2020

Dear Customer,

Based on Governor Bullock’s March 26th Stay at Home Directive, the Department of Planning and Community Development will be closed until at least April 13th.  Staff will be checking email periodically but please recognize our limited ability to provide our full range of services remotely. We urge our customers to take appropriate precautions to safeguard their own health and community health during these times.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Questions:
The best way to submit questions at the current time is through email (planning@gallatin.mt.gov).  Email will be checked periodically during the closure.

Property Information Forms:
GIS has created a fantastic portal for you to use.  Do you need to know about zoning?  Do you need an address?  Do you need a septic permit? Start your process here:  http://gis.gallatin.mt.gov/pirf/

Thursday meetings with applicants:
No Thursday afternoon meetings are being conducted at this time.  We will resume scheduling meetings when the office reopens.

Applications (Land Use Permit, Variance, Conditional Use Permits, Text Amendments and Subdivisions):
Applications can be either sent via email (planning@gallatin.mt.gov) or through the mail (311 W. Main St., Rm. 108 Bozeman, MT 59715), but please note that applications won’t be “officially received” until a future date. Invoices will be sent to applicants when the application review fee is determined. Please see below note concerning review timelines.

Note: Due to public health concerns associated with the COVID-19 virus most public hearings and public meetings have been canceled, limiting the Gallatin County Planning Department’s ability to provide adequate and timely review within the timelines established by statute and other County-adopted regulations. As a result of this virus Governor Bullock issued a Directive on March 24, 2020 “tolling” statutory timelines associated with the review of projects.  This basically means that for a project already under review as of March 12, 2020, the statutory review timeline was paused on March 12, 2020 when he declared a State of Emergency.  For a project received after March 12, 2020, the statutory review timeline has not begun.  According to the Governor’s Directive these timelines will begin to run again with the end of the declared emergency, or an earlier date if specified in a future Directive.  Please know that it is our goal to move projects forward in as timely of a manner as possible!   

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/24/2020

After considering the evolving situation and in the interest of protecting staff to the extent possible, Planning and GIS Offices are going to be open to the public by appointment only starting today March 24, 2020.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/17/2020

The Department of Planning & Community Development encourages all applicants to use our services DIGITALLY. All of the same processes that we do on a daily basis can be conducted digitally.  We are happy and willing to work with you to get your projects started.  We hope you understand at this time we are limiting our in office services as much as possible – if it can be done digitally – let’s work together to do so!

Questions:
Questions can be sent to our office over the phone (406-582-3130) or through email (planning@gallatin.mt.gov). We are currently open regular hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our website is: https://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/planning-community-development.

Property Information Forms:
GIS has created a fantastic portal for you to use. Do you need to know about zoning? Do you need an address? Do you need a septic permit? Start your process here: http://gis.gallatin.mt.gov/pirf/.

Thursday meetings with applicants:
Call our office at 406-582-3130 to set up a Thursday meeting. We will be conducting the meetings as a phone call. The meetings will continue at 30-minute increments.

Applications (Land Use Permit, Variance, Conditional Use Permits, Text Amendments and Subdivisions):
Applications can be either sent via email (planning@gallatin.mt.gov) or through the mail (311 W. Main St., Rm. 108 Bozeman, MT 59715). In addition we have a drop box in front of our office in which you may place your items.

Invoices will be sent to applicants when the fee is determined. Upon receipt of payment the application will be reviewed. Normal processes will be followed for review times and responses

Advertisement of Meetings and Public Involvement 
All advertisements will include the words “or by means of electronic equipment." Meetings may be held electronically. The public will continue to have the ability to participate and provide comments at 406-582-3130.


GIS

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/24/2020

After considering the evolving situation and in the interest of protecting staff to the extent possible, Planning and GIS Offices are going to be open to the public by appointment only.

UPDATE: Monday, 3/23/2020

The Gallatin County GIS Department will be open to the public 1PM – 4PM, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Or by previously arranged appointment.

If you wish to request information or services from Gallatin County GIS, or schedule a special appointment, please fill out the Services Request Form or call our office at (406) 582-3049.

If you want to apply for a structure address assignment, please complete the Property Information Request Form, and a Gallatin County GIS Agent will contact you to complete the process.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/17/2020

The Gallatin County GIS is open and currently taking calls for information and assistance at 406-582-3049 or at GIS@gallatin.mt.gov.

If you wish to apply for a structure address assignment, please complete the Property Information Request Form, and a Gallatin County GIS Agent will contact you to complete the process.

Addresses are $15 per unit, payable through mail by check to:

Gallatin County GIS
311 W. Main St., Room 305
Bozeman, MT 59715


Gallatin Local Water Quality District

UPDATE: Friday, 3/27/2020

Per the direction and essential services guidance issued in Governor Bullock’s “stay at home order” the Gallatin County Logan Landfill will be restricting public access to minimize public contact and enhance protections for solid waste employees to ensure continuity of essential solid waste services in Gallatin County.  Effective March 28, 2020 through April 10, 2020, the Logan Landfill will be restricting all public access except for authorized Federal, State, County, City, PSC Licensed and specific authorized essential waste disposal services.  The Logan Landfill will be suspending all cash, check, and credit card payment transactions at the Logan Landfill Scale. Only essential authorized charge account payments will be accepted during the closure. The Logan Landfill will only allow waste disposal access to authorized essential waste disposal services starting Saturday March 28, 2020 through end of business April 10, 2020.     

The Bozeman Convenience Site will remain closed until April 11, 2020. The site closure includes the cancellation of the monthly Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) Event scheduled for April 11, 2020.  All operations at the Bozeman Convenience Site are suspended until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted at the facility. 

  • The Gallatin Solid Waste Management District’s Fix-It Clinic scheduled for April 18, 2020 and the Free E-waste collection event scheduled for April 25, 2020 at the Logan Landfill are postponed and will be rescheduled in the future. 

This is an evolving and rapidly changing situation due to the unprecedented COVID-19 Emergency, as COVID-19 restrictions are rescinded, the Gallatin Solid Waste Management District will resume regular hours of operation as soon as possible at both the Logan Landfill and Bozeman Convenience Site. 

For essential residential or commercial waste disposal services please contact:

  • City of Bozeman Solid Waste, 582-2300
  • L&L Site Services, 388-7171
  • Republic Waste Services, 586-0606   

Please contact the Gallatin Solid Waste Management District at 406-284-4029 for questions and additional information.       

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/17/2020

Gallatin Local Water Quality District staff will be teleworking remotely for much of the time through March 27 due to school closures and other factors during the COVID-19 epidemic. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience during this challenging time. We are still here to assist you by phone or email; please leave us a voice message at 406-582-3168 and we will be sure to return your call shortly, email us via our website: https://glwqd.org/contact-us/, or feel free to email a staff member directly: https://glwqd.org/board-staff/

If you are in need of a well testing kit, Gallatin City-County Health Department’s Environmental Health Services office (located next door to our office) has kits available. If you would like to go directly to a lab yourself, a list of labs Certified for the Analysis of Drinking Water located throughout Montana can be found on our website.


Code Compliance

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/17/2020

The Code Compliance Office, located in the Gallatin County Courthouse, is currently closed. However, Code Compliance Officer Megan Gibson will be working remotely. You can reach her via email or by phone at 406-209-1161.


Clerk of District Court

UPDATE: Friday, 3/20/2020

The Gallatin County Clerk of District Court’s Office will be restricting public access beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  The Clerk’s office will still provide services to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Documents may be filed by email to GallatinCountyDCFilings@mt.gov or by fax to 406-582-2176. The District Court Judges have issued an order that temporarily suspends the obligations under Rule 15 of the Local District Court Rules to file the original document after fax or email filing. The Clerk’s office is also waiving the fees associated with fax and email filings and encourages all agencies, attorneys, and pro se litigants to file their documents by email or fax.

Documents may also be filed by mailing them to 615 S. 16th Ave., Rm. 302, Bozeman, MT 59715 or by utilizing the secure drop box outside the Clerk of District Court’s Office. If utilizing the drop box, please include any special instructions along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you need anything returned to you. If the documents need immediate attention, please contact our office at 582-2171 or 582-2169. 

Contact us at 582-2171 or 582-2169 if you feel you need to come into the office. We will have to determine if the request can be handled by phone, email, mail, etc. or if it is something that must be handled in person.

The Clerk’s office will conduct searches without charge during this time. You may send your search request to GallatinCountyRecordsRequests@mt.gov or call us at 582-2171 or 582-2169.

If you need a Marriage License and are getting married within thirty days, please contact our office at 582-2171 or 582-2169 to make an appointment.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 3/18/2020

The Gallatin County Clerk of District Court’s office is encouraging all Pro Se Litigants and Attorneys to file by email or fax.  The Clerk will waive all fax and email filing fees for local litigants and attorneys.  Per the local rule the originals will still need to be received within 5 days.  We are also encouraging the originals to mailed to our office.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office at 582-2165.  Our fax number is 406-582-2176 and email address to file documents is GallatinCountyDCFilings@mt.gov This is subject to change.


Rest Home

UPDATE: Friday, 3/20/2020

The Gallatin Rest Home is on lock down and no visitors are allowed.  This includes families, volunteers, paid caregivers, and Hospice Nurses (unless it is a required visit).  There are limited exceptions for special circumstances with the approval of Administration (example: compassionate visits due to end of life).  All staff are screened at the beginning of each shift to ensure no one enters with any respiratory symptoms.  We are still admitting patients/residents but are carefully screening and slowing down the process.  Please be assured we are doing everything possible to keep our population safe.


Road and Bridge Department

UPDATE: Monday, 3/23/2020

The Road Dept is closed to the public until further notice.

Will be open but only excepting deliveries.

Can be reached by phone or email: 406-582-3250 or RoadDept@gallatin.mt.gov

UPDATE: Friday, 3/20/2020

Road Dept is open but please call first 406-582-3250, most things we can handle online.


County Attorney

UPDATE: Friday, 3/20/2020

1.            The Office (including Victim Services) will be open 8-5, Monday through Friday.

2.            We will limit contact with the public as follows:

           a.            At 1709 W. College, we will ask that the public conduct its business with us at the window, and that members of the public not enter our secured area.

b.            By prior arrangement, and only when escorted by a staff member, members of the public may meet with our staff. If at all possible we will conduct those meetings in the Court Services conference room downstairs.

c.             At the Law and Justice Center – Victim Services office, we will ask that members of the public not enter the secured area.

d.            By prior arrangement, members of the public may meet with Victim Services staff in either Jury Room A or B on the third floor of the L&J.

3.            Deputies will attend court in person, and the advocates will attend court in person, provided personal appearance is permitted by the presiding judge. Deputies will continue to attend meetings at the Courthouse, and at other public and private locations, provided the meeting is permitted at that site. As circumstances dictate the deputies and I will work toward attending hearings and meetings by audio or visual conferencing. 


Accounting Office

UPDATE: Monday, 3/23/2020

 The Accounting Office is requesting that all invoices and supporting documentation be sent through mail or inter-office mail rather than being hand delivered.


Detention Center

UPDATE: Monday, 3/23/2020

Public fingerprinting is cancelled at this time


Justice Court

UPDATE: Monday, 3/30/2020

Justice Court is now accpeting electronic filings. Filings can be sent electronically to our email address justice@gallatin.mt.gov or sent to our fax machine at 406-582-2163. Originals do NOT need to be accompanied in the mail.

This will be effective through April 10, 2020, and automatically extended if the Governor extends the shelter in place directive issued on March 26, 2020.

UPDATE: Thursday, 3/26/2020

We are going to extend the closure of our Open Court a week. We are canceling Open Court April 6, 8,  and 10.

We are hopeful that we can resume Open Court April 13, 2020. Will update if that changes.

UPDATE: Monday, 3/23/2020

The Gallatin County Justice Court will be increasing our social distance by closing the front window beginning March 23, 2020.

The Clerks will still provide services to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at 406-582-2191 when you are at the counter and we can help you with your needs. We are not accepting electronic filings, we encourage you to mail all correspondence to the court. If you need to drop something off there is a drop slot under our window.  

 We encourage all Pro-Se Litigants and Attorneys to appear via telephonically or by video.

 Open Court is postponed until April 6th, 2020.


Gallatin Solid Waste Management District

UPDATE: Tuesday, 3/24/2020

Effective March 24, 2020 the Bozeman Convenience Site will be closed until further notice due to the Covid-19 Emergency.  The site closure includes the cancellation of the monthly Household Hazardous Waste Collection (HHW) Event scheduled for April 11, 2020.  All HHW and Special Waste Disposal at the Bozeman Convenience Site is suspended until further notice.    

The Logan Landfill will continue to provide disposal services to the residents and businesses of Gallatin County.  Logan Landfill hours of operation and services may be limited or suspended in the future due to impacts associated with the Covid-19 Emergency.  The Solid Waste Management District reminds customers of the landfill to follow and adhere to CDC guidelines and requirements regarding social distancing efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19.     

  • The Solid Waste Board meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020 at the Logan Landfill Office is cancelled. 
  • The Gallatin Solid Waste Management District’s Fix-It Clinic scheduled for April 18, 2020 and the Free E-waste collection event scheduled for April 25, 2020 at the Logan Landfill are postponed and will be rescheduled in the future. 

Please contact the Gallatin Solid Waste Management District at 406-284-4029 for questions and additional information during the Covid-19 Emergency.         


West Yellowstone/Hebgen Basin Solid Waste District

UPDATE: Thursday, 3/26/2020

Effective 3/19/20:

The transfer station will continue normal operations during the current winter hours.  However, in an effort to minimize contact between customers and staff, we will no longer be accepting cash or checks at the scale house.  Cash customers can provide a current billing address and a statement will be sent out at a later date.  Charge customers will no longer be required to enter the scale house to sign their tickets.  Tickets will be mailed with the statements.  Customers can remain in their vehicles and communicate to the attendant through the scale house window.

For questions or concerns, please call the office at 646-9298 at the scale house at 646-9383.