Due to the recent 'Shelter in Place' orders directed by the Governor of Montana, the following changes have been implemented within the Public Works Department.

  • UPDATED (10.20.20) Building: Due to the increasing rise in numbers of COVID-related cases, our doors will remain closed after Election Day, November 3rd, 2020, to walk in traffic until further notice. Permitting services are available online at  We will be utilizing the pick up & drop off boxes located outside our front door for coordinated plan drop off & pick up.  The public is encouraged to call our office at 258.3701 as well as use our online services. Inspections will proceed they have been. The Seeley Lake office will remain open to the public, by appointment only. Please call 396.8148 to speak to our Seeley inspector for appointments. We strongly encourage on-site customers and contractors to wear appropriate PPE during the inspection and follow social distancing guidelines. 
  • Road crew employees are considered a part of the essential workforce by taking care of our public infrastructure, therefore they will be working their regular seasonal hours of Monday - Thursday. Road and Engineering office staff will be working remotely and will reply to all emails and voicemails as they are able. Please call 258.4753 or email the general email box at
  • Sewer and water services will continue as normal but personnel will be limited. 
  • Surveyors office is closed to the public, but will provide service online. Contact Steve Niday with any questions  at


 CC Fees

During the pandemic, Missoula County has been waiving credit card transaction fees, which will be reimbursed with CARES Act funding. There is no guarantee of continued reimbursement and Missoula County cannot sustain covering credit card transaction fees.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, if you process a payment via credit card you will be responsible for the associated transaction fee. This impacts transactions with the Treasurer’s Office, Public Works, and Community and Planning Services.
If you would like to pay online with an electronic check (funds withdrawn from a checking/savings account), Missoula County will waive the $1 transaction fee.
Thank you for your understanding as we all adjust to business impacted by the pandemic.

Dead Wildlife Pickup 

Within Missoula County, on county maintained roads, and outside of City Limits, call Republic Services at 406-543-3157, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5p.m. Republic Services will remove dead wildlife for free up to 72 hours of notification during cooler weather if that window of time falls on a normally scheduled service day. If it is not a normal pickup day and they have a truck nearby, they will try to pick the animal up sooner. Republic Services will NOT pick up dead wildlife once decomposition has begun, typically within a day of death in the hot sun. The animal must be located adjacent to the street by a regular garbage pickup location. If the animal is located in the middle of the road, or otherwise poses an immediate human safety concern, call 911.

To dispose of the animal yourself, you can drop it off free of charge at the Missoula Landfill at 3737 Coal Mine Road between 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

You can contact a private contractor to remove the animal for a fee, including Nature's Best Inc. and Ibey Sprinklers and Landscape.

Missoula County does not pick up dead deer or other wildlife.


The mission of the Missoula County Department of Public Works is to serve the residents of the County in the areas of engineering and surveying services, road and bridge construction and maintenance, water and wastewater facilities construction and maintenance, mapping and Rural Special Improvement District (RSID) creation.


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The goal of the Public Works Department is to provide the highest achievable quality of service to the Missoula community by enhancing the public's quality of life. This is accomplished by protecting the public's investment in the County's infrastructure; maintaining its 474 mile system of roads, bridges and drainage structures; servicing its fleet of vehicles and equipment essential in supporting services to internal departments; operating and maintaining essential water and sewer systems; subdivision review to ensure compliance with federal, state and local development standards; and assisting in and overseeing the RSID creation process.


The Department is administered by the Director of Public Works and a management staff consisting of a Deputy for Engineering, a Deputy for Surveying and 4 division managers. The Director also serves as manager for five water and sewer districts.

The Department is responsible for developing and managing the preparation of multiple master plans for future development within the county.



The Department of Public Works offers the following services
to the community:

  • Road Maintenance and Construction
  • Bridge Design, Construction and Maintenance
  • Road/Walkway Design and Construction
  • Subdivision Review and Approval
  • Approach, Excavation and Dust Abatement Permitting
  • Road Signing and Striping
  • Water and Sewer System Operation and Maintenance
  • Mapping Services and Addressing
  • Survey
  • Building Plan Review and Inspections



The Missoula County Building Division is located at 6089 Training Drive - approximately 1 1/2 miles west of the Airport off of Hwy 10. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. except holidays. Please call (406) 258-3701 with questions.


Missoula County has approximately 1500 miles of public roadway. The County Road Department is responsible for maintenance activities on approximately 474 miles of road which have been accepted for maintenance. Of the 474 miles, approximately 232 miles are paved and 242 miles are gravel.  Road Division winter hours run 6 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Mon - Fri, and 6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon - Thurs during spring, summer, and fall, and can be reached by calling (406) 258-4753.


The Survey Office is a division of the Missoula County Public Works Department.  It is located on the ground floor of the Missoula County Administration Building, at 199 W Pine Street. The Survey Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon - Fri, except holidays.  If you have questions regarding any of the services they provide, please call (406) 258-4870.


The Mapping department is located within the Surveyor's Office. Please call (406) 258-4870 to contact them.

Water and Sewer Districts

The Public Works Department currently oversees the operation and maintenance of 4 water and 2 sewer districts. Those districts are:

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