Department of Planning & Zoning

Department of Planning and Zoning

Please notice the Zoning Division will be relocating with an estimated timeframe of early December to January. An official opening of the Department of Permitting and Inspections and our relocation will be announced in the near future. Stay tuned!


In this area you will find valuable information about planning for Burlington's future, as well as City permiting 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:

  • As of July 1, 2019 the Department of Planning and Zoning has been transformed! The Zoning functions are now part of the new Dept. of Permitting and Inspections, and the Planning functions are now part of the new Dept. of Planning. For now, the Zoning staff will continue to work out of their existing offices on the first floor of City Hall, and Building Trades and Code Enforcement will continue to work out of their existing offices at 645 Pine Street. The Planning staff have already relocated to the 3rd floor of City Hall. Over the coming weeks you will see several changes (new websites, letterheads, etc)  that will express this transformation, and come early winter the new Dept. of Permitting and Inspections will be co-located at 645 Pine Street

  • planBTV: Burlington's Comprehensive Plan - The 2019 update to the City's municipal plan was adopted on March 25!  planBTV: Burlington's Comprehensive Plan is the city’s long range vision for land use and development. This plan is like a roadmap—it gives us the big picture view of where we are and where we are going, and points us in the general direction for how to get there. We then use more detailed planning efforts like the Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan, the South End Master Plan, and the Walk-Bike Master Plan to take a more detailed look at the path ahead for a specific area of the city or topic and develop more targeted strategies for getting where we want to go. Under state law, the Comprehensive Plan must be updated every 5-8 years to help us make sure our policies and actions continue to point us in a direction to achieve our long-range vision. Learn more about Burlington's citywide long-range plan for land use and development at 

  • planBTV South End Master Plan - The South End is rapidly changing. 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.  This plan was adopted on March 25, 2019! 
  • Shared Office Hours with DPW-Inspection Services - As we work to implement the recommendations of the Permit Reform Initiaitve, Planning staff is holding shared office hours with the DPW-Inpection Services at 645 Pine Street every Monday and Friday from 8-10am. If you have zoning questions stop by and visit with one of our planners. If you have a zoning permit that is ready to be released, and you are ready to get your Construction Permit from DPW, let us us know in advance so we can bring the zoning permit down to Pine Street and save you a trip to City Hall.
  • Permitting Customer Service Survey - As part of our ongoing effort to improve the City's development permitting process we want to hear from you! Please take a couple of minutes to fill out our online survey regarding your permitting expenience to help us serve you better. Thank you!

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Upcoming Board Meetings, Agendas and Packets

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