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The City of Williston City Commission is comprised of five Commissioners who manage different areas, or portfolios, of the City. Each Commissioner has a 4-year term in office.

Regular City Commission meetings are held the 2 nd and 4 th Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the John Kautzman Chamber Room in City Hall at 22 East Broadway, Williston, ND 58802.

As of February 23, 2021 City Commission meetings will be held in-person but will continue to have a virtual option via GoToMeeting. Individuals attending in-person are strongly encouraged to wear a mask, utilize hand sanitizer upon entry, and practice social distancing from others. Please see the COVID-19 resource page for more information.

In order for items to be considered for the City Commission agenda, they must be submitted to the Finance Department by 10:00am the Thursday before a scheduled City Commission meeting.

Please email items to cityauditor@ci.williston.nd.us .
p. 701.577.8100
f. 701.577.8880

City Hall, 2nd Floor
22 East Broadway
Williston, ND 58801

Mailing Address
PO Box 1306
Williston, ND 58802-1306

Hours *
M-F 8am-5pm
David Tuan | City Administrator
p. 701.713.3800

Peggy Masters | Executive Assistant
p. 701.713.3800

Chery Pierzina | Human Resources Director
p. 701.713.3800 or 701.713.3802

Josilyn Bean | Assistant Human Resources Director
p. 701.713.3800

Caitlin Pallai | Communications Strategist
p. 701.713.3800

*The City of Williston observes national holidays. City Hall and non-emergent offices throughout the city will be closed on the following days:

New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Presidents Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Holiday
Christmas Day

City of Williston Center for Development, 2nd Floor
113 4th Street East
Williston, ND 58801

Mailing address
PO Box 1306
Williston, ND 58802

p. 701.577.8115
f. 701.577.2081

M-F 8am-5pm

Mark Schneider | Development Services Director
p. 701.577.8115

Kelly Aberle | Office Manager
p. 701.577.8115

Building Permit applications can be emailed to buildingapps@ci.williston.nd.us .

Williston Economic Development
The Williston Economic Development Office is a department housed within the City of Williston and overseen by the Williston Board of City Commissioners.

Facilitate, lead and promote a vibrant business climate through sound economic policy.

Williston Economic Development will be the development leader by establishing Williston as a recognized, desirable, sustainable, and business-friendly place in North Dakota for diverse industries to locate and conduct business.

3-Year Strategic Economic Plan
In 2018, Williston Economic Development released a 3-year Strategic Plan .

Below is a listing of the business licenses and permits issued through the Finance Department for the City of Williston.

License Application Process
Applications are not considered complete, and will not be circulated for any department approvals, until all required documentation and application fees have been received.

All licenses are approved by the City Board of Commissioners. Once any applicable department approvals have been obtained, the application will be submitted to the next available City Commission agenda for the Board to grant final approval. The Board of Commissioners meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Licenses are issued contingent on compliance with any applicable inspection requirements, or other specified requirements, such as providing proof of insurance or a surety bond, throughout the life of the license. After the City Commission approves the new license, it will be mailed to the local business address.

Annual Business License Renewals
Licenses expire on December 31st of each year. Annual business license renewal notices are sent to all license holders at the end of October with a deadline of November 30th to return the renewal along with the annual fee. This deadline allows our Building Department and Fire Department time to conduct inspections before the end of the year when the new licenses are issued.

Event Permits
Use our Event Permit application for private or public events if alcohol will be sold or served or if the event will have 100 or more participants.

Public Events : These events include music festivals & outdoor bands, pub crawls, 5K runs & motorcycle runs, parades, assemblies, fireworks displays, request for street closure, etc.

Unlike city business licenses which expire at the end of each year, Game Site Authorization licenses run on a fiscal year from July 1st to June 30th in order to coincide with the requirements of the State Attorney General's office .

Rules & Regulations
Information regarding specific legal requirements and regulations of all licensing can be found in the Williston Code of Ordinances .

If you have any questions regarding the permits or licenses managed by the Finance Department, please contact us at 701.577.8100 .

Please also refer to these Frequently Asked Questions:
FAQ | Liquor Licenses
FAQ | Special Events Permits
FAQ Transient Merchant & Door-to- Door

Temporary Use Permits: For temporary business on private property, for sales of merchandise from a vehicle, trailer, tent, or vacant storefront. The finance department does not issue this type of permit. Please contact the Planning & Zoning Department for applications and assistance.

Starting or Expanding a Business in Williston: Contact Economic Development for assistance.


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