Zoning Information  

Purpose of Zoning

  • The purpose of zoning is to promote the public health, public safety and general welfare of the community;
  • To conserve natural resources;
  • To provide adequate light and air;
  • To facilitate the provisions for public works requirements such as water, sewer, and environmental needs;
  • To ensure orderly development according to the Growth Policy adopted for all parts of the County;
  • To regulate and restrict the height, number of stories, and buildings and other structures, the percentage of a lot that may be covered by impervious surfaces, the size of yards and other open spaces, the location and use of buildings, structures and land for trade, industry, residences, and/or uses; and
  • The protection of the aesthetics resources of the County.

How to Find Your Zoning

To look up your zoning please go to Flathead County's Interactive Mapping website.  Once on the Flathead County GIS click I Agree. Then at the top of the page click on search to search for the property you wish to learn the zoning.  You can search by address, assessor number, owner name, subdivision, tract ID, or geocode.  Once you complete the search the property will be highlighted by a yellow dot. To determine the zoning click on the Parcel Information Tool parcel information tool on the left side of the page, then click on the property to open the General Parcel Data. Scroll down to the bottom of the pop-up window to see the zoning on the property you are interested in.

Once you find your zoning on the Flathead County GIS, you can look at the applicable zoning regulations for uses allowed, setbacks and other regulations. 

What is the Difference Between Permitted and Conditional Uses

A permitted use is any use allowed with no permitting in a use district and subject to the limitations of the regulations of such use district.

A conditional use is a use which may be permitted in one or more use districts as defined but which, because of size, location, impact, operation requirements, demand on public facilities or necessary improvements requires additional guidance and control to make such uses in the same district. This additional guidance is established through the conditional use permitting process.  A conditional use would require a conditional use permit prior to operation of the use.




Updated: September 1, 2016