Community Development

Aerial View of Helena, MT

Working in partnership with Helena citizens, businesses and organizations, the city of Helena Community Development Department provides professional staff assistance in planning, development, and construction to maintain public health, safety, and welfare and create an attractive and sustainable community for all to live, work, and play.

The Community Development Department consists of two divisions: Building and Planning.

The Building Division conducts building and site plan reviews, issues building permits, and provides inspection services at construction sites within the city limits to insure the public's health, safety, and welfare.

The Planning Division assists members of the community with zoning, land use and development questions. Staff also provides information and assistance to developers, the business community and the public relating to any planning, zoning, land use, or development matter.

The Community Development Department's office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you have any questions or comments for the Community Development Department, in addition to calling and emailing us, you can a submit them through our Question and Comment form. Please note, if you have a community decay complaint, please use the Community Decay Complaint form.

City of Helena Housing Development Map

This map shows recent housing development projects approved by the City Commission since the adoption of the 2019 Growth Policy. Projects have been created by applications for preliminary plats, annexations, zoning action, and commitment of public funding. New projects will be added to the Housing Development map on an ongoing basis.

Please note that information may change depending on where the project is in the development process. The final number of units may increase or decrease before the building project is permitted through the City's Community Development Department. This map does not reflect redevelopment projects on amended or unchanged lots where increased housing density is already allowed.