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Eric Strauss — Administrator

Employment Standards Division

Our division advances e-government solutions. You can locate and download building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and elevator permit applications and apply for professional licenses. Additionally, you can now apply for and print permits online.

If you are licensed you can likely renew your license through the Online Renewal System. If you are a consumer, you can check the status of the licensed professional you do business with or lookup construction-related permits issued by the Division.

We are committed to providing our customers with easy access to our services. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and welcome your feedback.

The Employment Services Division is located on the 4th floor at 301 South Park in Helena, Montana.

Featured News

State Sets New Records for Employment, Labor Force in November
December 22, 2023
More than 41,000 jobs created since January 2021 HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte and Sarah Swanson, commissioner of the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), today announced the . . .
Montana Reports Fewer Work-Related Fatalities in 2022
December 20, 2023
MONTANA- The Montana Department of Labor & Industry today released the 2022 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, an annual study conducted jointly by the agency and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics that . . .
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Announces Results of 2022 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses
December 14, 2023
HELENA – The Montana Department of Labor & Industry today released the annual Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. In 2022, employees of Montana businesses in all industries experienced a . . .
Montana Reaches 24th Consecutive Month of Unemployment Below 3%
November 20, 2023
HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced Montana reached its 24th consecutive month of unemployment below 3%. Prior to the governor taking office, Montana’s unemployment rate had . . .
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Adds First-Ever Tribal Liaison to Leadership Team
October 26, 2023
Blackfeet Nation member Don Wetzel Jr., with 20+ years of experience working with native communities, to lead Department’s tribal outreach Don Wetzel, Jr. DLI Tribal Laison   HELENA -The . . .
Montana Reaches 22nd Consecutive Month of Unemployment Below 3%
September 19, 2023
HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced Montana’s unemployment rate in August was below 3% for the 22nd consecutive month, bucking national trends as the country’s . . .
Labor Day Report: Montana's Economy Strong & Poised for Growth
September 07, 2023
MONTANA- The Montana Department of Labor & Industry Commissioner Sarah Swanson today presented the 2023 Labor Day Report to Montanans. “Montana enjoyed a historic year of record job growth, low . . .
Montana’s Unemployment Rate Below 3% For 21st Consecutive Month
August 21, 2023
More Montanans Working Today Than Ever Before HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced Montana’s unemployment rate in July is below 3% for the 21st consecutive month. The only . . .
Governor Gianforte Appoints Commissioner of Labor and Industry
August 10, 2023
HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced his appointment of Sarah Swanson to lead the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DLI). “As a proven leader in both the private and . . .
DLI Data: As Pandemic Receded and Workers Return to Jobsites, Workplace Injuries Rise
December 19, 2022
HELENA- The Montana Department of Labor & Industry announced today the number of workplace deaths in Montana returned to the pre-pandemic mean. Montana experienced 40 fatal work-related injuries in 2021, . . .
Governor Gianforte Announces Another Record-Setting Jobs Report
December 16, 2022
HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced the number of Montanans working in November hit a new all-time high, according to data from the Montana Department of Labor and Industry and the . . .
Montana’s Record Employment, Labor Force Growth Continues in September
October 21, 2022
HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced the number of Montanans working and the size of the state’s workforce in September reached new all-time highs, according to data from the . . .
  Montana Post-Secondary Workforce Report Highlights Opportunities for Montana Workers
October 21, 2022
HELENA –The Montana Department of Labor & Industry this week released the 2022 Post-Secondary Workforce Report, which evaluates how the state’s workforce training systems provide a . . .
Montanans Impacted by Flooding in Yellowstone County May Be Eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance
July 27, 2022
Helena, MT - The Montana Department of Labor & Industry announced today that workers in Yellowstone County impacted by June flooding may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Disaster . . .
Montana Department of Labor & Industry Releases “Status of the Nursing Workforce in Montana” Report
November 12, 2021
Report summarizes results from the National Council State Board of Nursing 2020 Survey HELENA –The Montana Department of Labor & Industry today released the “2020 Status of the . . .
Montana Employers Recognized with 2021 Governor’s Achievement Awards
October 01, 2021
Awards recognize ongoing commitment to workplace safety across Montana MONTANA- The Montana Department of Labor & Industry today recognized employers who go above and beyond in their efforts to make their . . .
Montana's Labor Force, Total Employment Grow in June
July 16, 2021
MONTANA – Montana’s labor force grew by more than 2,000 workers in June, while total employment in the state grew by some 1,800 workers. “More and more Montanans are . . .
Circle, MT Student Awarded Montana State Employer Council Scholarship
July 14, 2021
HELENA – The Montana Department of Labor & Industry today announced the 2021 Montana State Employer Council . . .

Current Events

Feb
29
2024
10amto12pm
Board of Veterinary Medicine - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 South Park Avenue 4th Floor Helena, MT 59601
This board meeting will be held via Zoom and in-person. Individuals are welcome to join by phone. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation . . .
Mar
04
2024
10amto1pm
Board of Massage Therapists - Full Board Meeting
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 or . . .
Mar
06
2024
10amto1pm
Board of Real Estate Appraisers - Full Board Meeting
Room: Small Conference Room
301 S. Park Avenue 4th Floor Helena, MT 59620
This board meeting will be held in person and via Zoom. Individuals are welcome to attend in person or by phone. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable . . .
Mar
07
2024
10amto4pm
Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 S. Park Ave 4th Floor Large Conference Room Helena MT
This board meeting will be held in person and via Zoom. Individuals are welcome to attend in person or by phone. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable . . .
Mar
14
2024
8am
Board of Chiropractors - Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 S. Park Avenue 4th Floor Helena, MT 59620
This board meeting will be held in-person. You can join the meeting via teleconference if you are unable to attend on site. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through . . .
Mar
20
2024
10amto2pm
Board of Realty Regulation - Full Board Meeting
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office prior to the proposed . . .
Mar
22
2024
2pmto5pm
Board of Respiratory Care Practitioners | Full Board Meeting
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 or . . .
Mar
26
2024
10amto1pm
Board of Funeral Services - Full Board Meeting
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 or . . .
Mar
28
2024
10amto1pm
Board of Outfitters - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 South Park Avenue 4th Floor Helena, MT 59620
This board meeting will be held in-person. You can join the meeting via teleconference if you are unable to attend on site.  The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access . . .
Apr
08
2024
8amto10am
Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 S Park Ave Helena, MT 59601
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 or . . .
Apr
24
2024
10amto2pm
Board of Nursing - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 South Park Avenue Helena, MT 59601
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 or . . .
Apr
30
2024
1pmto4pm
Underground Facility Program | Annual Meeting
Purpose: For the Underground Facility Protection Program Council to discuss matters pertaining to the Underground Facility Protection Program View Meeting Agenda
May
16
2024
8amto1pm
Board of Behavioral Health - Full Board Meeting
This board meeting will be held via Zoom. Individuals are welcome to join by phone. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the . . .
May
23
2024
1pm
Board of Chiropractors - Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 S. Park Avenue 4th Floor Helena, MT 59620
This board meeting will be held in-person. You can join the meeting via teleconference if you are unable to attend on site. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through . . .
Jun
06
2024
10amto1pm
Board of Outfitters - Full Board Meeting
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 . . .
Jun
06
2024
10amto4pm
Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 S. Park Ave 4th Floor Large Conference Room Helena MT
This board meeting will be held in person and via Zoom. Individuals are welcome to attend in person or by phone. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable . . .
Jun
12
2024
10amto2pm
Board of Realty Regulation - Full Board Meeting
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office prior to the proposed . . .
Jul
08
2024
8amto10am
Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 S Park Ave Helena, MT 59601
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 or . . .
Jul
18
2024
11am
Electrical Board - Full Board Meeting
This board meeting will be held by Zoom. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact . . .
Jul
24
2024
10amto2pm
Board of Nursing - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 South Park Avenue Helena, MT 59601
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 or . . .
Aug
08
2024
8amto1pm
Board of Behavioral Health - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 S. Park Avenue 4th Floor Helena, MT 59620
This board meeting will be held in person and via Zoom. Individuals are welcome to attend in person or by phone. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable . . .
Sep
12
2024
10amto1pm
Board of Outfitters - Full Board Meeting
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 . . .
Sep
12
2024
10amto4pm
Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 S. Park Ave 4th Floor Large Conference Room Helena MT
This board meeting will be held in person and via Zoom. Individuals are welcome to attend in person or by phone. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable . . .
Oct
07
2024
8amto10am
Board of Barbers & Cosmetologists - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 S Park Ave Helena, MT 59601
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 or . . .
Oct
17
2024
11am
Electrical Board - Full Board Meeting
This board meeting will be held by Zoom. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact . . .
Oct
23
2024
10amto2pm
Board of Nursing - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 South Park Avenue Helena, MT 59601
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 or . . .
Nov
07
2024
8amto1pm
Board of Behavioral Health - Full Board Meeting
This board meeting will be held via Zoom. Individuals are welcome to join by phone. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the . . .
Dec
05
2024
10amto4pm
Board of Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors - Full Board Meeting
Room: Large Conference Room
301 S. Park Ave 4th Floor Large Conference Room Helena MT
This board meeting will be held in person and via Zoom. Individuals are welcome to attend in person or by phone. The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable . . .
Dec
12
2024
10amto1pm
Board of Outfitters - Full Board Meeting
The Department of Labor & Industry is committed to providing meeting access through reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the Board office at 406-841-2209 . . .
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