Missoula Development Services

The Missoula Development Services group performs a wide range of city government functions including planning and zoning, historic preservation, engineering services, code compliance, regional transportation planning, and programs that promote sustainable transportation options. The office was created in 2013 to consolidate and simplify all aspects of the city’s work with property owners, builders and developers.

Development Services’ core mission is to provide one-stop shopping to the development community and property owners with a team of planning, building and engineering professionals and administrative staff who help applicants navigate the development process. The Development Services team provides support and guidance to applicants from predevelopment and preapplication meetings, through any required land use approvals, plan submittal and review, permitting, and building and engineering inspections, all the way to final approval or issuance of a certificate of occupancy.

Development Services is committed to being an active partner in economic development while maintaining standards that set this community apart from others in Montana. Development Services is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and has a Development Review Team available by appointment to discuss and review proposed projects with applicants, free of charge.

Leading the effort is Mike Haynes, AICP, who studied anthropology as an undergraduate and holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Code Compliance — Assists property owners and residents in complying with city laws, generally through a complaint-based system. Topics handled include sidewalk maintenance, hazardous vegetation and zoning code violations.
Development and Building Review; the City Engineer and Engineering review.
Permits & Inspections — All city permits are now issued at the Development Services counter, located in City Hall at 435 Ryman, on the west end of the main floor.
Planning, Zoning and Land Use.
Transportation Division — Work here includes transportation planning, Missoula in Motion and the Missoula Bicycle Pedestrian Program.

Additional services for city/county residents

• Crime Victim Advocate Office: This program provides free and confidential services to survivors of violent crime, including information, opportunities, advocacy and support, especially in the civil criminal justice system processes.

• Historic Preservation office: Covers a wide range of activities and services, including public education about Missoula’s history and efforts to protect and preserve historic buildings in the Missoula valley.

City_of_Missoula_NewLogo_235x101Contact Information

Contact Development Services by phone, 406.552.6630.

Contact Director Mike Haynes by phone, 406.552.6639, or email, mhaynes@ci.missoula.mt.us.


Office staff experts maintain set in-office hours in addition to dedicated times they are out in the field. Call to confirm availability and/or to schedule an appointment.
Contact the Permits desk directly by phone: 406.552.6635.
Contact the Inspections desk directly by phone: 406.552.6040.
Contact the Building Plan Review desk directly by phone: 406.552.6634.
Contact the Engineering Plan Review desk directly by phone: 406.552.6636.
Contact the Zoning Information Desk directly by phone, 406.552.6625, or email, cityzoner@ci.missoula.mt.us.
Contact the Transportation Planning desk directly by phone: 406.552.6670.
Contact Missoula In Motion by phone: 406.552.6675.
Contact the Missoula Bicycle Pedestrian Program by phone: 406.552.6675.

Development Services is located downtown in City Hall, 435 Ryman Street.

Find the office online at ci.missoula.mt.us. See also the Development Services’ staff directory with phones and emails.


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