City of Burlington, Vermont City of Burlington, Vermont

Department of Planning & Zoning
City Hall,  Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone: 802-865-7188 Fax: 802-865-7195


Department of Planning and Zoning


In this area you will find valuable information about planning for Burlington's future, as well as how to get permits for new development. You will find a menu to the left to help you learn everything you ever wanted to know about our department and planning in Burlington, and below are some quick links of the latest and greatest stuff. Enjoy!

What's New:

  • planBTV Downtown Code - As recommended in planBTV-Downtown & Waterfront, for the past 3 years we have been working on a new set of zoning regulations for the downtown and waterfront. The primary goal of these new development regulations is to foster more predictable built results and a stronger relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. A Joint Committee of Planning Commissioners and City Councilors have been meeting for more than two years, and on Monday June 19, 2017 approved a DRAFT planBTV: Downtown Code for consideration by the full Planning Commission to start the formal adoption process. On Tuesday August 8 beginning at 6:30 pm in City Hall Conference Room 12 the Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on the proposal before sending their recommendations to the City Council for final approval.  Click here to find the Public Hearing Notice, a copy of the proposed draft, and other supporting information.
  • The Great Streets Initiative continues! The Great Initiative is a culmination of many years of planning, including the public vote in 2014 to use the CIty's downtown TIF disrict to make new investments in the downtown's public infrastructure. This initiative includes the development of standards for our downtown streets, as well as plans for the redesign of Main Street, St. Paul Street, and City Hall Park. The Main Street Concept Plan will be focused on improvements to the public right of way, including sidewalks, street trees, stormwater, lighting and bike facilities. The design work for City Hall Park will advance concept plans that emerged from the 2012 Imagine City Hall Park Process. Visit the website for more information.
  • The planBTV South End Master Plan: The South End is rapidly growing and changing, as we have seen in the last few years. planBTV South End is a community conversation to consider how to protect and preserve what is most loved about the South End while proactively preparing for the continued growth and change. The Planning Commission is currently reviewing the draft and the comments that have been made, and is making changes as a result. Another draft is anticipated in late spring 2017.
  • A new "clean hands" policy has been instituted for issuance of new zoning permits.  This amendment to the Comprehensive Development Ordinance, adopted December 19, 2016,  helps to address a longstanding community desire to hold property owners responsible for oustanding property issues like unclosed zoning permits and zoning violations.  The mechanics are simple: properties with outstanding zoning violations, or open and expired zoning permits, may not receive new zoning permits until those issues have been resolved.  

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Upcoming Board Meetings, Agendas and Packets

Please visit the pages below for current meeting agendas and packets: