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Kalispell Law Updates and Ordinances 2022/2023

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Joan Cox recently shared new laws that will be effective in her state as of January 1st, 2023. I thought doing that was a great idea - to share information about new legislation so residents would be aware. So I decided to do the same thing for Montana and subsequently did a bunch of research online. I used various search terms to find out what was going to be new in terms of Kalispell or Montana laws. And here's what I found:


The minimum wage in Montana is rising to $9.95 on 1/1/2023.


That is it! I couldn't find anything else in terms of new laws - which is part of the reason most Montanans love Montana - regulations are not onerous.


So then I thought, well, maybe it would be useful instead to share laws or ordinances that were put in place in Kalispell during 2022. Perhaps there are things you were not aware of. So here is that list:


Amendment to the Montana Constitution:

In 2022 Montana voters approved by a huge margin (82% to 18%) an amendment to the Montana Constitution which specifies that "electronic data and communications" are protected from "unreasonable searches and seizures." That's the only new amendment I could find. So then, what about new Kalispell city ordinances?


Ordinances (the number in parenthesis indicates the ordinance number):

  • Age restrictions for firefighters and police officers were removed (#1871)
  • The requirement when hiring city employees to provide preference to those who live in the city of Kalispell was repealed. At the same time, the requirement that city employees live in Flathead County was also repealed (#1872)
  • Residency Requirements for Kalispell firefighters was also repealed (#1888)
  • With proper permitting and proof of liability insurance, alcoholic beverages may be consumed at approved events that are held on the Parkline Trail between 11am and 11pm (#1876).
  • Temporary water restrictions were established which provided for various stages of water usage. For example, if Stage Two restrictions were in place, watering of lawns could only be done on specific days between specific hours. This ordinance was only in effect for three months and has expired (#1887)
  • The International Building Code, International Fire Code and International Energy Conservation Code were adopted as of 2021 international codes (#1889, #1890, #1891)


Please note I did not include any PUD (Planned Unit Developments) or any zoning changes in the above list. As best as I could ascertain, the above list summarizes the 2022 law updates, Kalispell ordinances and one new 2023 law.


That is it! I didn't find much to share.


For more on Kalispell check out this link. To check out any ordinances and resolutions in Kalispell, you can use the city of Kalispell website. You can search back to 1900 - there are some interesting items to be found! I am considering starting a new series about interesting Kalispell ordinances...


Feel free to call me if you ever have questions about Kalispell or Flathead Valley/County! I'm on 406-270-3667, or can me emailed at kat@thehousekat.com.


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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kat,

What you shared was very informative. Good to get the information out there..you are the source of the source.

Dec 29, 2022 08:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX ! Have a wonderful day!

Dec 29, 2022 08:20 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kat... those seem like more than enough changes. With a city the size of Charlotte, I don't even bother looking... just too much stuff to wade through that will never impact my life in the least.

Dec 29, 2022 08:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I found it interesting Nina Hollander, Broker - I also found a source of very old newspapers which is too cool!

Dec 29, 2022 09:02 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kat- all in all that is not much. New Yerk has many more on minimum wage and pay transprancy.

Dec 29, 2022 09:11 AM
Kat Palmiotti

I'm sure NY has a LOT more new laws, Grant Schneider !!

Dec 29, 2022 09:24 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Kat - learning about real estate and its practice throughout our country is interesting.   However, it's the enjoyment of seeing aspects of everyday life that captures my attention the most.   For such a large state, the small number of changes this year and next may seem unique to some but, to me, it's an indication of life in Montana.  

Dec 29, 2022 09:24 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Michael Jacobs - I went back to see the earliest ordinance that is on the online system - it's from 1904 and has to do with fruit pest removal. It sent me on a search for more information and I found a great website with old newspapers - the prices for things in 1904-5 were crazy! I have a feeling there will be a lot more posts about life in Montana in the past!

Dec 29, 2022 09:25 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kat Palmiotti - it seems like you have discovered many post possibilities.  

Dec 29, 2022 09:34 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

As someone who grew up in a country known for its bureaucracy, this blows my mind Kat - just one ordinance for the new year! 

It's interesting to see the minimum wage rate around the country. Now that my teen got her first job, I am paying more attention. She's currently at $12.50 an hour, it will increase to $13.25 on the 1st. By 2025, the minimum wage in the state is set to rise to $15/hour but companies (like Target) have already been paying that. I don't mean to hijack your post, this is just a very interesting topic! I am now wondering how Montana's cost of living compares to Maryland's.

Dec 29, 2022 09:38 AM
Andrea Bedard

Interesting link Kat Palmiotti, thanks for pulling this up!  

Dec 29, 2022 12:34 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Andrea Bedard - supposedly Maryland is 20% higher than Montana (see attached link: https://www.mylifeelsewhere.com/cost-of-living/montana-usa/maryland-usa)

Dec 29, 2022 11:54 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kat Palmiotti I don't think Bernie Sanders would be happy with you guys.  That is still a long way from the $15 minimum wage he wants ....... LOL

Dec 29, 2022 10:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti

George Souto - oh well!

Dec 29, 2022 11:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, now you have me wondering if our minimum wage increased, will need to check it out.   Great post to get this information out to your Montana residents.

Dec 29, 2022 11:24 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Joan Cox !

Dec 29, 2022 11:52 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

You did a great job of researching this information Kat! Only one new Montana Law but at least it is a positive one, and hope the minimum wage goes up much higher in the future.

Dec 29, 2022 11:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - we shall see!!  Thanks for your comment.

Dec 29, 2022 02:40 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kat and thank you for sharing this information with us here in the Rain.  Hope you are ready for the New Year.!


Dec 29, 2022 03:18 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Thanks Will Hamm !

Dec 29, 2022 03:27 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kat- what is it they say? No news is good news?!?  One more reason people are moving to Montana. It looks like you went down the "Google" rabbit hole!!!

Dec 29, 2022 07:09 PM
Kat Palmiotti

haha, Kathy Streib - I did, and I have found a new source of post material! Just wait! haha.

Dec 30, 2022 04:42 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat so important to keep up with the Government meddling with our business and so many for sale by owners do not get this and they are so open to liability, Endre

Dec 29, 2022 10:31 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Luckily we don't have much meddling here Endre Barath, Jr. !

Dec 30, 2022 04:42 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - This is good to know! The Ordinances for 2022 lifting age restrictions for firefighers and police was interesting and good for Kalispell! It is good to stay abreast of new laws that impact the people within the community. 

Dec 30, 2022 01:06 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - thank you! Unfortunately the removal of the restrictions surrounding where city employees/firefighters must live was due to the lack of affordable housing in town at the moment. :-(

Dec 30, 2022 04:44 AM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - I am sorry to hear that. 

Dec 30, 2022 04:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with area residents. 

I hope you are having an outstanding week.

Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2022 04:26 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Thank you Roy Kelley - I hope you do as well.

Dec 30, 2022 04:44 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, I am sure that having Kevin Costner, err, John Dutton as your governor is a treat and he keeps things simple, haha.

Dec 30, 2022 06:11 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Brian England - funny!

Dec 30, 2022 09:55 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat Palmiotti - 

I did see Joan Cox's post, also.  Of course, now I am wondering about Arizona.  I will have to research it.  Kathy Streib said it best, "No news is good news."  I will add another one.  Don't fix what isn't broken. 

Dec 30, 2022 11:53 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I wish more people/towns/etc paid attention to your last sentence!!!

Dec 30, 2022 03:11 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You gotta love Montana Kat. The city of Seattle is approaching $20 per hour and in the county I live in $12…

Jan 01, 2023 09:40 PM
Kat Palmiotti

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - It's interesting how much difference there  is between your county and Seattle and between you/me/Seattle when we're not that far away!

Jan 02, 2023 05:15 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

When Seattle went to $15 an hour for minimum wage many workers quit. Minimum wage workers were getting assistance with daycare and those disappeared with the rate increase. The only problem was the daycare workers had to pay $15 an hour also. Many small businesses went out of business. 🤔

Jan 08, 2023 08:56 AM
Kat Palmiotti

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - yes, I'm not surprised!

Jan 08, 2023 09:58 AM