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: Monday, 4/27/2020 

We will not open to the public before May 4, 2020, and encourage you to continue to use our online processes. We are available if you would like to contact us with questions. Please check back for updates on how we plan to re-open in a responsible manner that continues to protect all of us.

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: Monday, 4/27/2020

Although Governor Bullock has lifted the stay at home directive, we will remain closed to the public until the end of the month. We will update this website if anything changes. We care about your health and that of our employees. We are also committed to providing you the best customer service possible and are working to find innovative ways to do so. In the meantime, be safe, be kind and be well.

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, 4/27/2020

The Gallatin County Election Department is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Social distancing protocols are in place and the department can only serve a limited number of voters at a time.

Individuals who wish to register and vote in the May 5 school/special district elections must appear in-person at the Election Department beginning Tuesday, April 28 through Election Day. Our office hours on Election Day are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Individuals who wish to register and vote in the June 2 primary election should contact the Election Department to review registration options. Beginning on Wednesday, May 27, voters must appear in-person at the Election Department in order to register and vote.

Please contact us at 406-582-3060 or gallatin.elections@gallatin.mt.gov.


Justice Court

UPDATE: Monday, 4/27/2020

Gallatin County Justice Court will be reopening its Open Court dates starting on May 4. We can safely queue 10 people, and have 10 people in court at one time. We will be offering three different sessions starting at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To schedule a slot during those Open Court times, please seek this link.

For any questions, please contact Gallatin County Justice Court at 406-582-2191.


Clerk & Recorder's Office

UPDATE: Monday, 4/27/2020

The Clerk and Recorder's Office has closed our Plat Room to the public indefinitely. However, The Recording Office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only one customer may enter at a time with a temporary counter set up just inside the front door of the office. 

We eminds 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: Wednesday, 5/20/2020

In addition to maintaining the digital services and processes the Department of Planning & Community Development has set up over the course of the last few weeks to serve our customers, we will provide public office hours beginning on April 27. The Planning Office will be open to the public from 1 – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; however, we continue to encourage our customers to make use of our digital services. Please note that only one customer will be allowed in the office at a time.

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:
Thursday afternoon meetings will resume the week of April 27 on a limited basis and will be conducted remotely.

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). If the applicant is unsure of the application fee, we can invoice the applicant when the application review fee is determined.

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! 


Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Tuesday, 4/21/2020

In-person Concealed Weapon Permit applications and renewals have been temporarily suspended but we have a new process to make sure your requests are taken care of. For forms and temporary instructions for applying for or renewing a concealed weapons permit, see the GCSO website: https://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/sheriffs-services/pages/concealed-weapon-permits

UPDATE: Monday, 4/13/2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office (GCSO) had temporarily suspended concealed weapon permit applications and renewals. However, GCSO has created a new process to get permits running again.

There is a new email specifically for concealed weapons permits: cwp@gallatin.mt.gov.

You can use this email to ask questions or check the status of your permit. Please be patient with your status checks - this email is not manned every day and GCSO staff are trying to catch up with applications that were submitted before the suspension. They are doing their best to come up with an alternate process to make sure your requests are taken care of.

We expect to have a procedure for downloading the application forms that you can fill out, print off, and mail or drop off the forms with payment. Once the background check is finished, you will be contacted by phone or email to come in to the Law and Justice Center for a photo and signature on the form. The permit will be finished and mailed to you.

Please check the website for updates on our progress.

Thank you for your patience and support in these trying times.


GIS

UPDATE: Monday, 5/20/2020

In addition to maintaining the digital services and processes the GIS Office has set up over the course of the last few weeks to serve our customers, we will provide public office hours beginning on April 27. 

The GIS Office will be open to the public  from 1:30 – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, we continue to encourage our customers to make use of our digital services. Please note that only one customer will be allowed in the office at a time.


Gallatin Local Water Quality District

UPDATE: Monday, 5/18/20

Beginning May 18, Gallatin Local Water Quality District staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, for assistance. 

During these times, please call 406-582-3168 upon arrival and we will allow one person in the office at a time in order to maintain social distance.

Outside of these times, please leave us a voice message at the above number and we will be sure to return your call shortly, email us, or email a staff member directly. Click here for our staff directory.


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 406-582-3775.


Clerk of District Court

UPDATE: Friday, 5/1/2020

The Clerk of District Court's Office will reopen on Monday, May 4, 2020. However, staff will be following the guidelines of Governor Bullock and Chief Justice McGrath and limiting the number of people who can be present in the office at one time. 

In addition to staff, we will allow a maximum of four people in the office - two people may use the public computers and two people individuals may be assisted at the main counter. This will allow us to maintain the 6-foot rule for physical distancing.

We strongly encourage visitors to wear personal face coverings. If there are four people in the office receiving assistance, additional visitors will need to remain in the hallway until someone leaves.

We strongly encourage everyone to continue submitting documents for filing by either email or fax. The email address is GallatinCountyDCFilings@mt.gov and the fax number is 406-582-2176.

The District Court Judges have agreed to keep the Temporary Order Re: Local Court Rule 15, issued on March 20, 2020, in place. Therefore, you do not need to follow up with filing the original document within five days as the Local District Court Rules currently require. 

The Clerk of District Court's Office will continue to waive the email/fax fees during this time. We will also continue to utilize the secure drop box outside our office so that individuals can place documents there without requiring the need to access the office. 

Documents can also be mailed to the office at 615 S. 16th Ave., Room 302, Bozeman, Montana 59715.

If you need to contact our office, please call 406-582-2171 or 406-582-2169.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


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 offered at:

Gallatin County Detention Center
605 S.16th Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59718

Fingerprinting is offered by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 406-582-2130.

All individuals needing a specific type of fingerprint card need to bring the card at the time they are fingerprinted.  

Fingerprint cards for all others are furnished by the facility.

The cost is $15 payable by check or cash.


Gallatin Solid Waste Management District

UPDATE: Thursday, 4/23/2020       

The Gallatin County Logan Landfill and Bozeman Convenience Site will be open during normal business hours with restricted payment options to minimize public contact and continue to provide protections for solid waste employees.

Effective April 28, 2020 the Bozeman Convenience Site will be resume operations with restricted payment options. The Bozeman Convenience Site and Logan Landfill will not accept cash/check payment transactions at the scales until further notice. The Bozeman Convenience Site and Logan Landfill will continue to accept credit/debit/Visa cash cards and charge account payments for residential and commercial customer disposal at the facilities.

The Free E-waste collection event scheduled for April 25, 2020 at the Logan Landfill is postponed and will be rescheduled in the future.

The Bozeman Convenience Site hours are Tuesday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Beginning May 1, 2020, the Logan Landfill Summer hours are Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Bozeman Convenience Site will be accepting Household Hazardous Waste disposal on a limited and by appointment only basis. The May 9 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be cancelled. Please call 406-539-1161 for questions regarding Household Hazardous Waste disposal appointments and options.

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 operations as soon as possible at both the Logan Landfill and Bozeman Convenience Site. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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

         


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.