Code Enforcement

Zoning Division

The Department of Permitting & Inspections is open to the public Monday - Friday from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM. 

Wearing a face mask is required.  The front lobby will be accessible only for permit drop off and pick up.  Public records will also be accessible.  Limited staff will be present onsite while at-home and in-office work schedules continue during the pandemic.  Staff contact info is noted on the Personnel Page

If you choose to submit a zoning application by way of email, please send it to the Permit Technician and be sure to mail the application fee to 645 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401 or place it in the drop box by the front door.  

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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