306 East Main

PO Box 1170

East Helena, MT 59635

Call: 406.227.5321

FAX: 406.227.5456

City of East Helena, Montana

Events & Announcements



It is the responsibility of the resident or owner of the property to clear snow and ice off of sidewalks within the City of East Helena:

City Code 8-1-9:


It shall be the duty of the occupant of any premises within the city limits, or in case the same are unoccupied then the owner or his agent, to keep the sidewalk in front of said premises unobstructed, and such occupant, owner or agent shall, with all reasonable dispatch, remove snow, ice, slush, mud or other impediment to allow safe and convenient foot travel and prevent the continuance and accumulation of the same. (Ord. 29, 11-2-1927)


For Public Notices, Public Meeting Notices, and ordinance updates, please visit our Public Notices page.


Business Licenses are required for existing businesses, new businesses, and all contractors working in the City Limits. Licenses are valid January 1st through December 31st.
Business License Application (PDF)
Business License CITY CODE (PDF)


Public Records Request:
Request for Public Records Form (PDF)
Request for Public Records Fees - Resolution No. 487 (PDF)


Annual Drinking Water Report:

2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report/CCR   (PDF)



City Business

The new welcome sign at the entrance to East Helena was an Eagle Scouts Troop 212 project by brothers Tyler Worthy (Left), 14 years old and Robert Worthy (Right), 16 years old. The brothers began working with East Helena City Council in February, 2016.


Ribbon cutting dedication, flag raising ceremony, and turnover of the new sign was held Saturday, December 17, 2016.

During the 1870s and early 1880s, the stagecoach route between Helena and several gold camps in the Big Belt Mountains passed through East Helena. The Prickly Pear House—a way station that served as a changing point for drivers and horses—was built on the northwest corner of the intersection of Montana Avenue and Main Street in East Helena to provided customers with food and lodging.


East Helena’s current business district was frequently used as a camping area for freight wagons. Northern Pacific Railroad tracks reached East Helena in 1883. The original station, named Prickly Pear Junction, was built a few years before East Helena was founded and was located near the railroad’s crossing of Prickly Pear Creek. The origins of East Helena can be traced back to the mid 1860’s as pioneers were heading west through the Helena Valley.


In 1888, a large lead smelter was built on the banks of Prickly Pear Creek in the Helena Valley by the Helena and Livingston Lead Smelting Company. Prickly Pear Junction became East Helena. In 1898, the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) purchased the 160 acre site. ASARCO operated the smelter until 2001. East Helena grew up around that enterprise. For over a century, the smelter processed 70,000 tons of lead bullion a year, and provided a livelihood for thousands of families.


On August 14, 2009, the ASARCO stacks were felled by dynamite charges, an emotional step in cleaning up the smelter site.


Administrative Phone Number 406.227.5321

Fax Number 406.227.5456

Fire Department  Admin Phone Number:

227.5321 / 459.1623

Police Administration phone numbers 406.227.8686

Police Non-emergency requiring assistance 406.227.5377


Emergency Phone number 911


Regular Office Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Monday through Friday


Official East Helena, Montana website established Martin Luther King Day, 2016