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OVERVIEW

The Planning Department oversees land uses within the County, including divisions of land, zoning and floodplain.

DIVISIONS OF LAND

Creation of new lots, including RV/mobile home parcels, condo units and townhomes, are reviewed under the Granite County Subdivision Regulations. Exemptions for boundary relocation between adjoining properties and family transfers may be requested. For further information contact the Planning Office.

RVs & RENTALS, VRBO, AIRBNB

Establishment of more than one RV site for rental purposes is considered a subdivision under MT state law. Establishment of more than 5 rental units such as cabins, multi-family, apartments, etc., on a property requires review under the Granite County Rent and Lease Regulations. Please note rental units are not allowed on properties located in the Georgetown Lake Zoning District. Individuals that intend to rent the primary structure on a property under VRBO or AirBNB must contact the Tri-County Sanitarian’s office at 406-563-4035 before listing. This is a joint office with Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, so please inform the secretary that you are located in Granite County so she can direct you to the correct person.

GEORGETOWN LAKE ZONING DISTRICT

Properties located within the Georgetown Zoning Area must obtain a zoning compliance permit prior to any construction, including dirt work. Change of use from residential to commercial must also be permitted prior to commercial activities beginning. To obtain a zoning compliance permit, submit the application, necessary sketch plans showing setback and height of structures, and $100 fee to Granite County, Planning, P.O. Box 925, Philipsburg MT 59858. Contact Planning office for additional information. Georgetown Lake Zoning District covers all properties located in Township 6 North, Range 13 West, Sections 28, 29, 31, 32 and 33; Township 6 North, Range 14 West, Section 36; and Township 5 North, Range 14 West, Sections 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24 and 26. Georgetown Lake Zoning District regulations are available online.

GRANITE COUNTY FLOODPLAIN

All properties within the floodplain in Granite County must obtain a floodplain permit prior to any alterations of property within the floodplain, including adding or removing dirt, bank stabilizations, construction, etc. Floodplain status can be checked by physical address online at https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home. Contact Planning Office for additional information. Floodplain regulations are available online.

BUILDING PERMIT

Granite County does not have a building permit program. Building permits are not required by the County for structures. However all properties must obtain a septic permit from the Tri-County Sanitarian prior to construction. Additionally properties located in the Georgetown Lake Zoning District must obtain a zoning permit prior to construction. Commercial buildings, which may include multi-family housing structures, may require a building permit from the State of Montana. Contact the State of Montana at 406-841-2056.

PLUMBING PERMIT

All structures which have electricity and plumbing are required to obtain electrical and plumbing permits from the State of Montana. Contact the State of Montana at 406-841-2056 for more information.

ENCROACHMENT PERMIT

Driveways on to County Roads which are new, to be relocated or to be reconstructed, must obtain an encroachment permit from Granite County Commissioners prior to construction. Please contact the Commissioners at 406-859-7023 for additional information.

Department Info

Phone:

(406) 859-7021

Mailing Address:

Box 925, Philipsburg, MT 59858

Hours:

Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm

Septic Permits

Contact Chad Lanes at 406-560-3190

Physical Addressing

Contact Matt Pearce at 877-944-5464

Properties located within Philipsburg: 

Call 406-859-3821

Properties located within Drummond:

Call 406 -288-3231

Linda Bouck

County Planner

Staff Contacts

Gail Leeper (Town of Drummond)

Heidi Hinkle (Upper Flint Creek Valley)

Jim Lochridge (Lower Rock Creek)

John Spaeth (Town of Philipsburg)

President

Lucinda K. Fitz-Christensen (Georgetown Lake Area)

Thomas Rue II (Lower Flint Creek)

Vice President

Tom Sanders (Upper Rock Creek

Planning Board Members

Docs & Forms

Zoning Information

GTL Zoning District Info

Granite County Board Application

Special Use Permit Application

Zoning Compliance Permit Application

Zoning Ordinance

Zoning District Map

Subdivisions/Zoning

GTL Fire Standards

Floodplain Hazard Management Regulations

Granite County Subdivision Regulations

Granite County Road Specifications

Family Transfer Policy

Buildings for Lease or Rent Resolutions

Planning Board Documents

Minutes

Aug 5, 2021

Jul 1, 2021

May 6, 2021

Apr 8, 2021

Mar 4, 2021

Mar 5, 2020

Nov 7, 2019

Oct 3, 2019

Sep 7, 2019

Aug 1, 2019

May 2, 2019

Apr 4, 2019

Agendas

Sep 14, 2021

Sep 2, 2021

Aug 5, 2021

Jul 1, 2021

May 6, 2021

Apr 8, 2021

Mar 4, 2021

Mar 5, 2020

Nov 7, 2019

Oct 3, 2019

Sep 5, 2019

Aug 1, 2019

Growth Policy

Growth Policy - Granite County Growth Plan

Growth Policy Appendix A - Summary of County Survey & Public Comments

Growth Policy Appendix B - Process to Form Planning & Zoning District

Growth Policy Appendix C - Capital Improvement Plan

Growth Policy Appendix D - Lower Rock Creek Vicinity

Growth Policy Appendix E - The Town of Philipsburg

Growth Policy Appendix F - The Town of Drummond

Growth Policy Appendix G - Local Government Coordination for Federal and State Lands

Public Hearing Notices

Public Hearing: Trout Creek Ranch Subdivision

Meeting Documents

Trout Creek Findings (Updated)

Broadway Hotel Findings and Packet

Trout Creek Packet Section 6-9

Trout Creek Packet Section 2-5

Trout Creek Findings