Code Enforcement

Zoning Division

The Department of Permitting & Inspections is operating on a limited basis at least through June 15, 2020.  As of April 20, 2020 the Department will issue permits for work consistent with the latest update to Vermont's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order.  The Department will also perform services to close existing permits and to perform inspections.  The offices remain closed to the public, but staff may be reached by phone or email.  The best way to contact staff during this time span is by way of email.  Email addresses are noted on the Personnel Page

Burlington's Comprehensive Development Ordinance includes both the City's zoning and subdivision regulations. Zoning is a City regulatory process concerned with land use and development. Zoning subdivides a community into "Zoning Districts" that define what types of land uses can go where, and controls the intensity of uses, the size of buildings, and their placement on the land. Subdivision regulations govern how properties are divided or combined in order to create individual lots for sale.

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Zoning Permits are followed by Construction Permits which are issued by the Trades Division within the Department of Permitting & Inspections. Construction permitting ensures that all health and safety codes related to the actual construction and renovation of structures are taken into consideration. Construction Permits are issued for building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and fire suppression systems.

Once all of the permits have been approved and the work has been completed in accordance with those permits, you will need a Final Unified Certificate of Occupancy (this completes both the zoning and construction permit processes) before you can start using the new or renovated space.

Resources, forms, status reports, and other information are available below to help guide you through the permitting process. A more detailed overview, history and summary of zoning today is also available.

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