As part of the social distancing efforts surrounding COVID-19,
the Community and Planning Services office is temporarily closed to the public.

 CAPS Operations During COVID-19 

The Community and Planning Services office is closed to the public and staff has been and will continue working remotely during the COVID-19 emergency. We appreciate your patience as staff adjusts to new work environments. CAPS staff is still collecting mail, checking voice mails, and processing incoming requests and questions. The quickest way to reach us and receive a response is through email. You can contact staff individually or use our department address ( and we’ll forward your message to the appropriate individual. If email is not an option, you can leave messages for us at 406-258-4657 and we will return your call as soon as we are able. Please note our response will be quicker if you can leave an email address.   

For submittals of subdivisions, rezonings, floodplain permits, etc.: 

We are requesting that submittals of subdivisions, rezonings, floodplain permits (etc.) be in electronic form. Please contact regarding payment options, as we are working through those logistics. 

Local government timelines have been suspended as of March 12, 2020, by a directive issued on March 24, 2020. It is our goal to provide service and move projects along, but we may not be able to finalize or schedule a given project for the time being. Our ability to complete agency reviews, planning board and board of adjustment hearings and county commission hearings are all hampered by the current situation. According to the governor’s directive timelines will begin to run again with the end of the declared emergency, or at an earlier date if specified in a future directive. 

We will continue to work to complete project reviews in as timely of a manner as possible, but please be aware that the current focus is our community’s basic health and safety.  

For Planning, Zoning, and Permit related inquiries

Phone:  258-4642  |  Email:


For other questions, you may contact the main CAPS line

Phone:  258-4657  |  Email:

Voicemail and email are being checked daily.






The Community and Planning Services department (CAPS) strives to maintain and enhance a quality of life that makes Missoula County an extraordinary place to live, work, and visit. We collaborate with residents, businesses and non-profits, Tribal and other government agencies to help direct the future of Missoula County and our communities.

Meet the CAPS team and see a little bit of what we do!


Services by Section


The Planning Section is responsible for developing and administering a variety of plans and regulations including: zoning and subdivision, floodplain and shoreline, growth policy, regional plans, community-based and natural resource planning.

Staff can assist you with questions related to:

  • Property development
  • Rezoning and subdivision projects
  • Mapping inquires

Please call or visit the Planning Info Desk to discuss your project or with any questions related to development in the County.

Info Desk: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.   
127 E. Main St., Suite 2, Missoula, MT  |  (406) 258-4642


Grants and Community Programs

The Grants and Community Programs Division works to improve the quality of life for our community. This is accomplished by staff who focus their efforts in three main areas: (1) Grant acquisition and grant management of federal, state, and foundation funds; (2) Management of Missoula County funds; and (3) Projects and programs arising from community needs and priorities of the Board of County Commissioners.



Parks, Trails, and Open Lands

The Parks, Trails, and Open Lands Section manages County park lands and trails, along with supporting landscape conservation projects on public and private land. Members of our Citizen Advisory Boards help determine maintenance and management priorities for the parks and trails system and review proposed conservation easements.

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Staff Directory 

127 E. Main St.  |  (406) 258-4657  |

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