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

 

How to make a Site Plan

Any application that changes any site conditions (such as a fence permit, adding or removing a shed, widening driveway, new deck or a change of use that needs to show existing parking) will be required to submit a site plan.  This is shown on the applicable checklist for any application. 

A Site Plan is a bird’s eye view of your property as if you were looking down at it from above. A site plan shows everything that is on your property now. This includes the footprint of any buildings (home, garage, storage shed, decks or patios) and any other improvements such as driveway, walkways, fences, swimming pool, etc. on the property. A site plan should also show any proposed buildings or improvements. Dimensions should be included for each item, and the drawing should be done to scale (i.e. 1 inch on the plan is equal to 30 feet on the ground).

We have a site plan guide that will help you understand what one is and needs.  To make a site plan you will need:

  • The dimensions of your lot.  You can get this by looking at your deed or the Assessors Tax Parcel Maps.  This is a NEW FEATURE with 2014 maps!!!
  • The dimensions of any building.  You can measure this.  The assessors Office have dimensions of your building on the property database, but you still should verify for correctness.
  • The dimensions of any driveways, walkways and patios.  The assessors office do not have this drawn out, so you will need to physically measure these. 
  • A blank piece of paper.  A piece of graph paper is easiest as you can simply have one square = X feet.  Choosing 4ft per square or 5ft per sqaure typically makes a good size plan.  This ensures the plan is to scale.  If using blank paper, pick a scale that fits best.
  • A ruler or straight edge.
  • A pencil and eraser.  You MAY need to make minor adjustments.