Current Job Openings

Chief of Police

The City of Red Lodge is seeking to fill the position of Police Chief

Candidates applying must show, and be able to demonstrate:

  1. Minimum -High School Diploma, Associates or higher in police related fields preferred.
  2. MLEA P.O.S.T. basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Officer Supervisory and Command Certification preferred.
  3. At least five (5) years [10 is preferable] of law enforcement with at least two (2) years in supervisory level.
  4. A valid Montana Driver’s License
  5. Ability to lead, manage and supervise.

Certification and residency requirements, along with conditions associated therein, are available online at Montana Government, Montana Codes.

Additionally, the City of Red Lodge is looking for that exceptional individual, who not only has the certifications, the credentials, and street time, but the element of professional and courteous human interaction, which is essential to the constant, as well as the ever changing, role of law enforcement.

The Police Chief is an FSLA exempt position $62,000.00 negotiable with health insurance, vacation, sick leave and retirement benefits.

A complete job description for this position is available under Job Opportunities at A complete City of Red Lodge application form must be submitted to apply for this position. Additional information should include a one page cover letter double spaced. A maximum of two pages, double spaced, supplemental information such as, but not limited to, your vision and plans for the Red Lodge Police Department, or any other information you deem pertinent. Proof of licenses, certificates, educational transcripts, and Military Service, if applicable. An application form and job description can be downloaded from the city’s website or obtained at City Hall –   1 Platt Avenue South, Red Lodge, Montana 59068. For more information please call the Red Lodge City Clerk, Loni Hanson, at (406) 446-1606 ext. 111.

Position Closes: Monday, April 2, 2018 at 4PM. The City of Red Lodge is an equal opportunity employer.

Please note, the above will be accepted hard-copy via U.S. Postal Service, UPS, Fed-Ex, or email as an attachment or as part of the body of the email. No discs/CDs will be accepted.

Planning Assistant

The City of Red Lodge is seeking a full-time Planning Assistant. This position is responsible for, but not limited to, answering basic zoning questions, taking meeting minutes, code enforcement, maintaining records and assisting the Planning Board and Parks Board. The ability to learn basic GIS, WordPress and grant writing. High-level writing skills are critical. The Planning Assistant works under the supervision of the Community Development Director. The Planning Assistant will learn a wide-variety of skills and be provided with sufficient training opportunities.

Individuals shall have the following qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities:

– A high school diploma.

– Two years’ experience in an office setting with the use of computers including typing and filing.

– The ability to attend night meetings.

– Successful applicants must submit to drug testing and pass a background check

– Successful applicants shall be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license

Submit a completed city application, resume, cover letter and certifications to: City of Red Lodge, City Planner, P.O. Box 9, Red Lodge, MT 59068.

Position remains open until filled with preference given to applications received by Monday, March 26, 2018 at 5PM. The City of Red Lodge is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications and a complete position description as well as duties associated with this position are available at City Hall, 1 South Platt Ave. or by emailing

Wages and Benefits: Hourly wage of $16.04 an hour plus excellent benefits.






Applications & Forms

Employment Application

Click Here for the Employment Application for the City of Red Lodge

Use of City Owned Land
Click Here for the Use of City Owned Land application

Business License


The City of Red Lodge requires all businesses located and/or operating inside the City limits to pay a business registration fee and undergo the applicable inspection requirements to promote the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. Failure to obtain a business registration certificate prior to operating a business in the corporate limits of the City constitutes a violation of Ordinance No. 907. This certificate of registration has been enacted for the purposes of providing an inventory of commercial activities conducted within the City; determining businesses subject to collection and remittance of the resort tax; providing a method of determining compliance with safety regulations imposed on commercial activities within the City; and providing a mechanism whereby owners of commercial activities can be identified and be notified by City officials.


City Business Licenses are due on July 1st and are valid July 1st – June 30th.


All City Businesses – $50; Additional fees: Beer and Wine $100 (in addition to the above $50); All Liquor $200 (in addition to the above $50)

Application for City License 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please refer to Ordinance # 907 – City of Red Lodge , Montana , or call City Hall at 406-446-1606. Copies are available to view at City Hall.

Resort Tax


Businesses and vendors operating within the City Limits selling is a taxable items under Ordinance No. 901, are subject to the collection of resort tax. Every entity, subject to the resort tax, that applies for a City business registration must provide a bond in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500.00) payable to the City to ensure its compliance with the City’s resort tax. The bond shall be issued by a surety company licensed to conduct business within the State of Montana. Alternatively, any entity may post five hundred dollars ($500.00) cash or a five hundred dollar ($500.00) irrevocable letter of credit, payable to the City and issued by an FDIC insured financial institution for the same purpose. The bond, cash or letter of credit must remain effective for one (1) full year after the date of the entity’s initial business registration. The City shall not issue a business registration without the entity’s compliance with this section.


The taxes collected by businesses in any month are to be remitted quarterly and due to the City on or before the TWENTIETH (20th) day of the following months: January, April, July, and October, unless such day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, then on the next business day.

Quarter 1 (Jan, Feb, March) – Due April 20th

Quarter 2 (April, May, June) – Due July 20th

Quarter 3 (July, Aug., Sept.) – Due October 20th

Quarter 4 (Oct., Nov., Dec.) – Due January 20th

Tax Rate:

3% of Gross Taxable Sales


Click Here for the Resort Tax Transmittal Form for the City of Red Lodge

Red Lodge TBID

Click Here for the Red Lodge Tourism Business Improvement District Return Form

Request for Information (Public Records)
Click Here for the request for public information form for public records per Resolution 3411: A Fee Schedule for Copies and Research of Public Records Pursuant to Montana Code and Establishing Procedures for Requesting Public Records
Building Permit

OVERVIEW: A building permit is generally required for all new construction, remodel work, and demolition in the City of Red Lodge; please contact the City Building Inspector (see contact info below) for more information.

Quoting from the International Building Code (IBC), Section 105.1– Permits required: “Any owner or authorized agent who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure; or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make application to the City Building Inspector and obtain a permit.”

All permits must be in compliance with the Red Lodge Municipal Code, the International Building Code (IBC) for non-residential buildings and International Residential Code (IRC) for residential buildings, and all applicable Federal and State requirements.


APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicant fills out the Building Permit application and submits two sets of building plans, including a plot plan to the City Building Inspector (all plans shall be submitted to the City on 11”x17” or 24”x36” sized paper, unless otherwise approved.) The plans shall clearly identify the proposed setback and building height. The City Building Inspector reviews the plans to determine if further documentation such as a recorded Certificate of Survey or Plat, or other forms of engineering / surveying is required; additional fire inspection review is required; and that all design and setback requirements are met. The City Building Inspector issues a permit upon determining the plans are in compliance with all applicable requirements.

Building Setbacks: Whenever a proposed setback is less than 110% of the required setback, the applicant shall submit a drawing stamped by either a professional engineer or surveyor licensed in the State of Montana (prior to the Foundation Wall Inspection) which certifies that the required setbacks are met.

Building Height: Whenever a proposed building height is less than 110% of the required maximum height, the applicant shall submit a drawing stamped by either a professional engineer or surveyor licensed in the State of Montana (prior to the Roof Rafter Inspection) which certifies that the height of the building is at or below the maximum permitted height. FEES: Building Permit Fees are based upon Appendix “L” of the 2009 International Residential Code; as noted in City Ordinance #892Prior to issuance of any Building Permit, all Public Works  Impact Fees must be paid in full.

FEES: Building Permit Fees are based upon Appendix “L” of the 2009 International Residential Code; as noted in City Ordinance #892. Prior to issuance of any Building Permit, all Public Works (Water & Wastewater) Impact Fees must be paid in full (contact the Deputy City Clerk, Janie Michelcic, at 406.446.1606 ext. 121 for more information).

DOWNLOADS/LINKS: Please Call the Building Division at 406.446.0196.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Tim Swansborough-at City Hall 1 S. Platt St, Red Lodge MT 59068. Office 406-446-0196 or Cell 406-425-1581

Building Inspector’s Availability:

Peak Construction Season: April 1st – October 31st

  • Hours in the Office: Monday – Friday 8a.m. – 9a.m. and 11a.m. – Noon
  • Field Inspections: Monday – Friday 9a.m. – 11a.m.

Off-Peak Construction Season: November 1st – March 31st (Subject to Availability and Change)

  • Hours in the Office: Friday 8a.m. – 9a.m. and 11a.m. – Noon Field
  • Inspections: Monday – Friday 9a.m. – 11a.m.

While our goal is excellence in customer service, due to the nature of field inspections, all above noted hours are approximate.


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