Connect on Sale

Background and Purpose
In July 2007, the City Council passed an ordinance to require properties that have sewer available to them to connect before the property can be sold or transferred. This ordinance is intended to help protect our ground water and river water and in turn our drinking water by having all plumbed buildings in the city connected to public sewer.

The city has filed Records of Non-Compliance on most properties that are not connected or where the connection record is questionable.

Important Points
  • This ordinance only affects properties inside the city limits.
  • "Sewer available" is defined as when any building, structure or exterior drainage facility connected to a building is located 200 feet or less from any public sewer system.
  • See Missoula Municipal Code 13.04.020 for complete text
  • Some properties that are connected do not have a connection record.
  • The Wastewater Division can perform a dye-test to field verify the connection or lack of one for properties without a connection
  • If sewer is available and your property is not connected, it cannot be sold or transferred to another party until the connection occurs.
  • It is the responsibility of the seller of the property to connect it to sewer.

Request a Delay
The city engineer can grant a one-time delay of connection of up to six months. A delay request requires all of the following.
  • Completely fill out the Request for Delay of Connection Form
  • Include a copy of a bid from a Licensed and Bonded Excavation Contractor
  • Know the amount of the sewer connection fee, which can be obtained by calling city engineering at 406-552-6630 or by filling out the Sewer Connection Fee Form
  • Holdback will need to be 1.5 times the cost of the connection
  • Submit all materials to city engineering for approval

More Information
For more information on this ordinance contact Development Services at 406-552-6630 or by email