Bozeman, MT, Code of Ordinances


By: City of Bozeman

Group Housing

Marijuana-Related Uses

Urban Livestock

Group Housing

Bozeman was sued in 2009 for fair housing issues and made related amendments to its codes in 2012.

The city's unified development code defines "community residential facility" as those licensed by the state department of public health and human services, including those for the disabled (§38.42.660).

Community residential facilities serving 8 or fewer residents are permitted by right in all residential and most commercial and mixed use districts; those serving 9 or more are conditional uses in the R-3 district and certain commercial districts and permitted by right in multifamily and mixed use residential districts (§38.08.020, Table 38.08.020, et al.).

Parking requirements for community residential facilities are 0.75 spaces per person of approved capacity, or fewer if residents are prohibited from driving (§38.25.040).  

The code also establishes a procedure for requesting reasonable accommodation by the disabled (§38.35.090). 

Marijuana-Related Uses

The city’s environment and health code permits multiple types of medical-marijuana-related uses, subject to licensing standards (§16.08.010 et seq.). It defines “marijuana storefront/retail locations,” “marijuana delivery,” and “marijuana growing and/or processing.” Its licensing standards address inspections and security.

The city’s unified development code includes use-specific standards for medical-marijuana-related activities, but does not define marijuana businesses as distinct uses (§38.22.220). Its use-specific standards address separation from schools, zoning district use permissions, home cultivation in accordance with state law, building modifications for change in occupancy type, emissions, verification of caregiver status, and property owner rights.

Urban Livestock

The city's animal control ordinance was amended in 2009 to allow for the keeping of chickens (§8.02.070). It allows 4 chickens single-household or common-ownership residential parcels of 3,000 SF, with 1 additional hen per 1,000 SF up to a maximum of 15. Roosters are prohibited; the code addresses enclosures, sanitation, and setbacks. A city permit is required; the code lists application requirements. A hearing is required for keeping more than 7 hens.


Bozeman, MT

2010 Population: 37,280

2010 Population Density: 1,949.99/square mile