Licensing

Licensing is a function of the Community Development Division of the Planning and Community Development Department (P&CD). Community Development receives and processes applications for Home Occupation Certificates, Professional Licenses, Specialty Contractors Licenses, Beer and Wine Licenses, Safety Inspection Certificates, and Non-resident Business Licenses. The staff reviews and issues the Certificates/Licenses to all businesses, offices and professional offices. The Safety Inspection Certificate fees were established to recover the costs of providing special services (fire and building inspections) to every business within the City and to provide Home Occupations with a permitting process. These services ensure that business locations are safe for customers, neighbors, and employees.

Applications for these licenses are attached below as Supporting Documents.

Business Licenses/Safety Inspection Certificates

The City of Great Falls issues Safety Inspection Certificates in lieu of Business Licenses to businesses located within the city limits. Businesses from outside the city limits need a Non-Resident Business License to conduct business within Great Falls.

Annually each business premise or multi-family residential premise is inspected by the Fire Department to make sure the property is safe for both the employees and customers. To cover the cost of this safety service, each business premise needs a Safety Inspection Certificate. The fee for this Certificate depends on the square footage of the business. Contact the Department of Planning and Community Development at 455-8414.

Specialty Contractors/Individual Licenses

Specialty Contractors are: plumbers, electricians, gas fitters, drain layers, street openers, house movers, sign contractors A & B, bench sign contractors, and elevator installers. Anyone applying for a license in these categories will need to submit the required insurance and bond information. In addition, Specialty Contractors in the following categories must submit an Individual License Application and supply the Licensing Department with a copy of their State License: plumbers, electricians, gas fitters, med gas, and all sign contractors.

Telecommunication Towers

Telecommunication Towers must obtain a Telecommunication Tower Non-Resident Business License and building permit. Contact Charlie Sheets, Development Review Coordinator, at 406-455-8431 for information.

See also: Telecommunication Tower Non-Resident Business License Application link below

Home Occupation Certificate

The City of Great Falls allows many people to conduct business out of their home for a nominal fee, as long as certain requirements are met. A Home Occupation Certificate is required. Call 455-8414 with any questions.