City Planning

BTV Neighborhood Code

Burlington City Council unanimously approved the Neighborhood Code during its meeting on March 25th.
Want to learn more about the Neighborhood Code? More information about the proposed amendment is available online, including in-depth responses to frequenly asked questions and a video series outlining the proposal.
Local leaders from the Planning Commission, AARP Vermont, Vermont Professionals of Color, Burlington Business Association, Lake Champlain Chamber, Habitat for Humanity, Champlain Housing Trust, Local Motion, Vermonters for People Oriented Places, and more have all joined the call to pass Neighborhood Code tonight. Watch the Neighborhood Code Press Conference to hear what they had to say.


Burlington’s neighborhoods are the soul of our community.

In Burlington, we have strong connections to our neighborhoods' unique patterns and architectural features, their link to the city’s history and sense of place, and the people that live in them. At the same time, our neighborhoods have an important role in addressing the city’s chronic and emerging housing challenges, meeting the needs of current and future households, and making tangible efforts to address the climate emergency. In fact, planBTV recognizes the opportunity for neighborhoods to evolve in incremental ways in order to meet the needs of current and future generations.  

What is BTV Neighborhood Code?

BTV Neighborhood Code is all about how we build on the strength of the city's neighborhoods, evaluate the zoning tools that regulate new homes in these areas today, and identify opportunities for new neighborhood-scale housing citywide. In particular, this project will: 

  • Implement planBTV and 2021 Housing Action Plan goals for residential area
    • Incrementally evolve neighborhoods to meet changing needs of households & community
  • Increase housing opportunities through neighborhood-scale solutions
    • Requires less land per home, better utilize existing infrastructure
    • More housing type choice, potential socioeconomic integration within existing neighborhoods
    • Opportunities for multigenerational housing and aging in place
    • Expand tax base, share tax burden across more households
  • Comply with Vermont HOME Act of 2023, which introduced new statewide zoning requirements for duplex, triplex, 4-unit buildings

The Code aims to enable more of these housing types

Neighborhood-scale housing refers to certain housing types such as duplexes, fourplexes, and cottage courts that are not currently able to be built in Burlington’s residential areas due to zoning regulations. The Neighborhood Code is about how these housing types can fit alongside existing buildings within these residential areas.

BTV Neighborhood Code is one piece of the housing puzzle.

The Office of City Planning has compiled the Neighborhood Code Report & Analysis, which presents research and analysis about how the city's neighborhoods and zoning policies have changed development patterns over time, as well as  more information about current barriers to allowing more and different types of homes within existing neighborhoods. 

Read the "BTV Neighborhood Code: Neighborhood Character Analysis & Report" here

Want to stay informed about Part 2 of the Neighborhood Code?

You can sign up for email updates using the online form below:

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Joint Committee Process & Other Feedback Opportunities

Neighborhood Code Proposed Changes

Read an overview of the proposed standards & where those changes should apply.

More Information about the Neighborhood Code

Watch the video series about the proposal and read in-depth responses to frequently asked questions

Do you have questions about this project? Contact Sarah Morgan at
BTV Neighborhood Code is supported by a Bylaw Modernization Grant from the VT Dept of Housing & Community Development, and in collaboration with and in-kind support from AARP-Vermont's Livable Communities program.