Contact Code Compliance

  • Joseph, Code Compliance Officer
  • Location / Mailing Address
    40 11th Street West, Suite 220
    Kalispell, MT 59901

    P (406) 751-8208
    F (406) 751-8210
  • HOURS:
    Monday - Friday
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Closed on Holidays


Code Compliance

Violation Information

Flathead County Planning and Zoning is responsible for administering the community decay ordinance as well as compliance with the County's zoning, lakeshore, floodplain and subdivision regulations. 

How to Report a Violation

If you are not sure if a violation has occurred, contact our code compliance officer to discuss the potential violation. If you suspect a violation of any of the regulations administered by the Planning and Zoning Office or the Community Decay Ordinance, fill out and sign a violation complaint form and submit it to our office.  Once received our code compliance officer will investigate the complaint to determine if a violation has occurred. 

Our office does complaint based enforcement so a signed complaint form is typically required to open investigation.  If the suspected violation has the potential to impact water quality and flooding a signed complaint form may not be required to investigate.

If your concern is regarding septic, wells, and/or sanitation, please contact Flathead City-County Environmental Health Department at (406) 751-8130 or email them at ehealth@flathead.mt.gov to file a violation complaint with their department. 

What is Community Decay

Community decay is a public nuisance created by allowing rubble, debris, junk or refuse to accumulate resulting in conditions that are injurious to health, indecent, offensive to the senses, or obstruct the free use of property so as to interfere with the comfortable enjoyment of life or property; provided, however, that "community decay" may not be construed or defined to apply to normal farming, ranching, or other agricultural operations or to a farm, ranch, or other agricultural facility, and any appurtenances thereof, during the course of its normal operation.  (For more information, please see brochure.)

Community decay must be “in public view” from a public road, which is defined as any area visible from a point up to six feet above the surface of the center of any public roadway according to Ordinance No. 6.

Examples of Compliance

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Updated: June 8, 2017