Administrative Boundaries

Photo of a fenceAdministrative Boundaries are legally documented and attributed jurisdictional boundaries. These boundaries define the rights, responsibilities, and interests on the land.

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Administrative Boundaries is not one dataset, but a collection of sub-themes. These are the current approved Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) Framework Administrative Boundary Sub-themes: 

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State gdb / shp Boundary of Montana MSL Feb 2019
County gdb / shp Boundaries of the 56 counties in Montana (view list) MSL Feb 2019
Incorporated Cities/Towns gdb / shp Boundaries of the 127 incorporated cities and towns in Montana (view list) MSL June 2020
American Indian Reservations gdb / shp Boundaries for the seven (7) Tribal Nations within Montana MSL Feb 2019
School Districts gdb / shp Boundaries for Elementary, Secondary (High School), and K-12 (Unified) School Districts in Montana MSL Oct 2020
Voting Precincts gdb / shp Voting (or election) precincts in Montana MSL Feb 2020
Weed Districts gdb / shp Boundaries and Weed Coordinator info from the Montana Weed Control Association for the 56 Weed Districts in Montana  MSL Feb 2019
Tax Increment Financing Districts (TIFD) gdb / shp Urban Renewal, Targeted Economic Development, Industrial, and Aerospace/ Transportation/ Technology District Boundaries MSL/Montana Department of Revenue June 2020
National Park Boundaries gdb / shp National Parks boundaries that include land in Montana MSL/National Park Service Feb 2019
Managed Areas gdb / shp Boundary of state and federal managed areas in Montana including wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, wildlife management areas, etc. MSL/Montana Natural Heritage Program Mar 2019
Conservation Districts

gdb / shp 

web service

Poltical subdivisions governed by a board of supervisors they help citizens conserve their soil, water, and other renewable natural resources Montana DNRC Feb 2017
Rural Fire Districts web service Structural Fire Departments (SFD) in Montana Montana DNRC

Nov 2016 (Contact DNRC for latest version)

Status of Adminstrative Boundaries Framework


  • October 2020
    • School Districts: Geyser EL (LE0472) was annexed into Geyser HS (LE0473) to form Geyser K-12 (LE0473); Updated the school district county superintendents table
  • June 2020
    • Incorporated Cities and Towns: Updated Belgrade, Billings, Bozeman, Bridger, Deer Lodge, Great Falls, Hardin, Helena, Kalispell, Missoula, Plains, and Whitefish
    • Tax Increment Financing District (TIFD): Terminated Whitefish A (Flathead), Modified Lewistown TEDD (Fergus), Modified Helena Downtown URD (Lewis and Clark), Added BSB Harrison Ave S URD (Silver Bow), Added Wheatland TEDD (Broadwater), Added Downtown Kalispell URD (Flathead)
  • February 2020
    • Published geometry and attribute updates Voting Precincts in Montana
    • Updated the school district enrollment tables with the FY2019 data from the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) 
  • December 2019
    • Published new statewide dataset of the Voting Precincts in Montana
  • November 2019
    • Updated the school district county superintendent table with data from the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI);  Harlowton EL (LE0945) was annexed into Harlowton K-12 (LE0946); Update Charlo EL, Charlo HS, and St Ignatius K-12 boundary (T19N R20W Section 14); Update Missoula HS and Bigfork HS Districts; Update Upper West Shore EL; Update Box Elder EL, Cottonwood EL, Havre EL, North Star EL, and Rocky Boy EL
  • May 2019
  • April 2019
    • Incorporated Cities and Towns geometry updates for Columbus and Dillon
    • Presented update on Administrative Boundaries at the 2019 Big Sky GeoCon in Butte, MT (View Presentation)
    • Tax Increment Financing District (TIFD): Added Lockwood TEDD Expansion (Yellowstone), Helena URD (Lewis and Clark), Columbia Rising TEDD (Flathead), North Hamilton URD (Ravalli), Downtown Roundup URD (Musselshell), Miles City Downtown URD (Custer), Glacier Rail Park (Flathead), South Bozeman (Gallatin), Kootenai Business Park (Lincoln), and updated the Uptown Butte URD; Updated Years (Year Established, Year Expires) and added new field for Base Year from the Department of Revenue
  • March 2019
    • Managed areas were reviewed and compared with the source datasets and updated in the database. See the SourceDate field for date that the source data was reviewed.
  • February 2019
    • Geometry Updates: All datasets were adjusted to align with the latest CadNSDI Montana (PLSS) published November 20, 2018 and Cadastral datasets
    • School District Updates: Updated Gallatin, Yellowstone, Phillips, and Sanders County School District Boundaries; County Superintendent table updated; School District FY1991-2018 Enrollment updated
    • Incorporated Cities and Towns: 
      • Geometry Updates: Billings, Bozeman, Circle, Columbia Falls, Great Falls, Hamilton, Helena, Kalispell, Laurel, Missoula, Stevensville, Thompson Falls, Whitefish
      • Brockton (Roosevelt County) was disincorporated on January 23, 2018
      • Browning (Glacier County) wsa disincorporated on September 26, 2018
  • August 2018
    • Attribute Updates: Updated weed coordinator information from the Montana Weed Control Association web site. 
    • School District Updates:
      • Added East Helena K-12
      • Added Lockwood K-12
      • Abandonment and attachment of Springdale EL to Livingston EL, Shields Valley EL, and McLeod EL
  • July 2018
    • Attribute Updates:School District FY2018 Enrollment added, County Superintendent table updated, TIFD expiration dates
    • Geometry Updates
      • Tax Increment Financing District (TIFD): Ravalli County TEDD, Columbia Falls Industrial District TEDD, Columbia Falls Urban Renewal District
  • April 2018
    • Attribute Updates: County, School District, Weed District, State Boundary
    • Geometry Updates
      • Incorporated Cities and Towns: Billings, Cascade, Great Falls, Havre, Helena, Libby, Livingston, Missoula, Sidney, Three Forks, Whitefish
      • Tax Increment Financing District (TIFD): Baker URD, Belgrade URD, Lewistown TEDD, Lockwood TEDD, North Park URD, South Butte TEDD
      • County, Weed District, School District, State
    • Presented update on Administrative Boundaries at the 2019 Big Sky GeoCon in Helena, MT (View Presentation)
  • January 2018
    • The BoundariesSPC and BoundariesWebMerc web map services have been updated on the test server. The production services will be updated on or around April 23, 2018.  Please review the spreadsheet describing the updates and take immediate action to test map projects, map applications, etc. in preparation for the replacement of these services.  You may need to point to the new services when they are replaced.  
  • December 2017
    • Geometry Updates: County Boundaries and Weed Districts updated
    • School District Updates:
      • Updates to Lodge Grass, Wyola, Spring Creek EL Boundaries
      • Updates to Lodge Grass, Power River County, and Hardin HS Boundaries
  • November 2017
    • Geometry Updates: Crow Reservation Boundary updated 
    • School District Updates:
      • Updates to Sanders County School District Boundaries
      • Updates to Malta and Whitewater K-12 Boundaries
      • Updates to Frazer and Lustre EL Boundaries
      • Updates to Amsterdam and Manhattan EL/HS Boundaries
      • Added FY17 enrollment data from Office of Public Instruction (OPI)
  • October 2017
    • Geometry Updates: All datasets were adjusted to align with the latest CadNSDI Montana (PLSS) and Cadastral datasets published October 2017
    • County, County Line, Weed Control Districts:
      • LEWIS & CLARK renamed to LEWIS AND CLARK
    • School District Updates:
      • Abandonment and attachment of Shawmut EL (LE0904) to Harlowton EL (LE0945)
      • Updates to Ravalli County School District Boundaries
  • September 2017
    • School District Updates:
      • Annexation of Plains EL (LE0802) to Plains HS (LE0803) to form Plains K-12 (LE0803)
  • May 2017
    • Incorporated Cities and Towns schema updates: added Year Incorporated, Acres, and Square Miles
    • Geometry updates for the following Incorporated Cities and Towns: Belgrade, Billings, Bozeman, Columbia Falls, Conrad, Darby, Glasgow, Great Falls, Hamilton, Hardin, Helena, Kalispell, Lewistown, Miles City, Missoula, Stevensville, Three Forks, Twin Bridges, Whitefish 
  • January 2017
    • Update the FIPS Code in the Incorporated Cities & Towns database to the full seven digit code
  • December 2016
    • The Managed Areas database has been updated with the latest data and adjusted to the latest CadNSDI Montana (PLSS) and Cadastral datasets published March 2016. In addition to shapefile format a file geodatabase is also now available for download. Both now include a symbology layer file with the download
  • October 2016
    • Geometry Updates: All datasets were adjusted to align with the latest CadNSDI Montana (PLSS) and Cadastral datasets published March 2016
    • Tax Increment Financing District (TIFD): Geometry updates for the East Billings Urban Renewal District (EBURD)
    • School Districts updates: Updated the school district county superintendent and enrollment tables with the latest data from the Office of Public Instruction (OPI)
  • September 2016
    • Geometry updates for the following Incorporated Cities and Towns: Billings, Bozeman, Broadview, Circle, Columbia Falls, Culbertson, Froid, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, Laurel, Missoula, Polson, Poplar, Whitefish
    • Tax Increment Financing District (TIFD): geometry update for Livingston Urban Renewal District; added the Helena Railroad TIF District
    • School Districts Updates
      • Culbertson EL
      • Brockton EL
      • Brockton HS
      • Froid HS
      • Poplar HS
      • Culbertson HS
      • Bainville K-12 Schools
      • Annexation of Big Sandy EL (LE0137) to Big Sandy HS (LE0138) to form Big Sandy K-12 (LE0138)
      • Abandonment and attachment of Paradise EL (LE0808) to Plains EL (LE0802)
      • Abandonment and attachment of Cottonwood EL (LE0182) to Trail Creek EL (LE0177)
  • January 2016
    • School District Updates
      • Warrick EL (LE0144) was dissolved into Big Sandy EL (LE0137)
      • Whitlash EL (LE0506) was dissolved into Chester-Joplin-Inverness EL (LE1236)
      • Deep Creek EL (LE1195) was dissolved into Cascade EL (LE0101)
      • Lennep EL (LE0568) was dissolved into White Sulphur Springs EL (LE0569)
      • White Sulphur Springs EL (LE0569) was annexed into White Sulphur Springs K-12 (LE0570)
  • September 2015
    • Geometry Updates: Counties, Incorporated Cities and Towns, TIFDs, Weed Control Districts, and School Districts were adjusted to align with the July 2015 CadNSDI Montana (PLSS) and Cadastral datasets, which were adjusted using data from the following CadNSDI adjustment projects: Gallatin and Park
    • Added the Savage Elementary School District and combined the Warrick Elementary District with the Big Sandy Elementary School District. And, corrected school district names and Legal Entity (LE) identificaiton numbers
    • Updated the Weed Coordinator contact information in Weed Control Districts