Town of Bridger

Statutory References For Montana Municipalities


The statutory references listed below refer the code user to state statutes applicable to Montana municipalities. They are current through 2013 Session, and the 2012 general election.

General Provisions

Local government generally
  Montana Const. art. XI

Classification of municipalities
  MCA 7-1-4111 et seq.

  MCA 7-2-4201 et seq.

General powers of municipalities
  MCA title 7, ch. 1

Form of municipal ordinances
  MCA 7-5-101 et seq.; 7-5-4201 et seq.

Ordinance veto procedure
  MCA 7-5-106

Codification of ordinances
  MCA 7-5-107 et seq.

Penalties for ordinance violations
  MCA 7-5-109; 7-5-4207

Initiative and referendum
  MCA 7-5-131 et seq.

Administration and Personnel

Commission—Executive plan of government
  MCA 7-3-201 et seq.

Commission-Manager plan of government
  MCA 7-3-301 et seq. and 7-3-4401 et seq.

Commission plan of government
  MCA 7-3-401 et seq. and MCA 7-3-4201 et seq.

Commission—Presiding officer plan of government
  MCA 7-3-501 et seq.

Town meeting form of government
  MCA 7-3-601 et seq.

Charter form of government
  MCA 7-3-701 et seq.

Strong mayor form of government
  MCA 7-3-4101 et seq.

Council powers in general
  MCA 7-5-4101 et seq.

Council meetings
  MCA 7-5-4121 et seq.

  MCA 7-4-4301 et seq.

Municipal officers
  MCA 7-4-4101 et seq.

Compensation of municipal officers and employees
  MCA 7-4-4201 et seq.

Municipal clerk
  MCA 7-4-4501 et seq.

City attorney
  MCA 7-4-4601 et seq.

City treasurer
  MCA 7-4-4701

Police and fire departments
  MCA 7-32-4101 et seq. and 7-33-4101 et seq.

Qualifications of law enforcement officers
  MCA § 7-32-301 et seq.

Planning boards and zoning commissions
  MCA title 76, chs. 1 and 2

Cultural, social services and recreation
  MCA title 7, ch. 16

Municipal and city courts
  MCA title 3, chs. 6 and 11

Municipal elections
  MCA 7-5-4401

Local government records
  MCA § 2-6-401 et seq.

Local disaster planning
  MCA § 10-3-401 et seq.

Public retirement systems
  MCA title 19

Revenue and Finance

Local Government Budget Act
  MCA 7-6-4001 et seq.

Deposit and investment of public money
  MCA 7-6-201 et seq. and 7-6-609 et seq.

Public contracts
  MCA title 18

Claims against municipalities
  MCA 7-6-4301 et seq.

Municipal taxation
  MCA 7-6-4401 et seq.

Municipal warrants
  MCA 7-6-4501 et seq.

Resort tax
  MCA 7-6-1501 et seq.

Business Taxes, Licenses and Regulations

Municipal licensing authority
  MCA 7-21-4101 et seq.

Liquor regulation and licenses
  MCA 16-3-301 et seq.; 16-4-503

Businesses and professions
  MCA title 7, ch. 21

Itinerant vendors
  MCA 7-21-2301 et seq.

Transient retail merchants
  MCA 7-21-2401 et seq.

  MCA 7-21-2501 et seq.


Control and protection of domestic animals
  MCA 7-23-4101 et seq.

Cruelty to animals
  MCA 45-8-211

  MCA 7-23-101 et seq.

Health and Safety

  MCA title 50

Local boards of health
  MCA title 50, ch. 2

Solid waste management
  MCA 75-10-112

Abatement of nuisances
  MCA 7-5-4104

Open ditches
  MCA 7-31-4201 et seq.

  MCA 7-33-4206 and MCA title 50, ch. 37

Smoke abatement
  MCA 7-31-101 et seq.

Weed control
  MCA 7-22-4101

Public Peace, Morals and Welfare

Montana Criminal Code
  MCA title 45

Principles of construction and liability
  MCA title 45, chs. 1, 2 and 3

  MCA 53-24-106

  MCA title 41

Powers of municipal councils
  MCA 7-32-4301 et seq.

Vehicles and Traffic

Motor vehicles generally
  MCA title 61

Traffic regulation
  MCA title 61, ch. 8

Specific local authority
  MCA 61-8-103 and 61-12-101 et seq.

Abandoned vehicles
  MCA 61-12-401 et seq.

  MCA 7-14-4501 et seq.

Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places

Municipal regulation generally
  MCA 7-14-4101 et seq.; 7-14-4201 et seq.; 7-14-4301 et seq.; 7-14-4401 et seq.

Municipal authority over trafficways and public grounds
  MCA 7-14-4101 et seq.

Street grades
  MCA 7-14-4201 et seq.

Pedestrian malls
  MCA 7-14-4701 et seq.

  MCA 7-16-4101

Cemetery services
  MCA title 7, ch. 35

Public Services

Municipal utility services
  MCA 7-13-4101 et seq.

Sewage and water systems
  MCA 7-13-4201 et seq.; 7-13-4301 et seq.; 7-13-4401 et seq.

Special improvement districts
  MCA 7-12-4101 et seq.

Buildings and Construction

Municipal housing and construction generally
  MCA 7-15-4101 et seq.

Municipal construction standards
  MCA 7-15-4121

Housing authorities
  MCA 7-15-4401 et seq. and 7-15-4501 et seq.

Floodplain and Floodway Management
  MCA 76-5-101 et seq.


Subdivisions and platting generally
  MCA 76-4-101 et seq.

Municipal regulation
  MCA 76-3-101 et seq.


Municipal zoning
  MCA 76-2-301 et seq.

Floodplain and floodway management
  MCA 76-5-301 et seq.