City Planning

Burlington Housing Dashboard

Implementing solutions to housing challenges, including housing availability, affordability and quality, has long been a priority in Burlington through plans, policies, and programs. This dashboard includes a collection of key housing metrics, which can inform approaches to chronic and emerging housing issues and help measure progress on housing goals.  

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New Housing Units

The creation of new homes in the City is a foundational metric. From 2012 to 2021, there were an average of 120 new housing units created within the city every year. In 2021, Mayor Weinberger's 10-Point Housing Plan set a goal to build 1,250 new housing units over the next five years and identified a number of zoning policy initiatives and public investments intended to support this goal. 

Use the dashboard below to learn more about new homes that have been created in Burlington. Note that data is currently filtered to display housing units created in the city from 2021 on, but can be expanded to include new housing created in the last forty years.



Coming soon: Data regarding the creation of new housing units under the City's Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance and income-restricted units supported by local, state and/or federal funding sources. 

Renters and Owners

The American Community Survey asks respondents about their housing, including whether they own or rent. The following dashboard uses this data to illustrate the demographics of the Burlington housing market. It also includes the same data for a collection of comparison cities. Use the drop down menus on the dashboard to add other cities to the charts. The second page illustrates the rate of homeownership by race of the householder.


Housing Costs

This dashboard explores changes in sale prices over time and by property type. Use the drop down menu to select other property types, including duplexes and multifamily prices. The second page, cost of rent, uses ACS data to illustrate the cost of renting compared to similar cities in the US. 


Coming Soon: Data on key rental housing metrics. 

Rental Housing Quality

Minimum housing code enforcement includes maintaining an annual apartment registry of approximately 10,000 rental dwelling units across 3,100 properties. Certificates of compliance are issued to landlords once an inspection from a code enforcement officer is completed and any deficiencies with Minimum Housing Standards are documented.

Since 2015 the Office of Code Enforcement (now the Department of Permitting and Inspections) has issued Certificates of Compliance (CoCs) for a period of time between one and five years, based on a landlord’s compliance with the City’s Minimum Housing Code and history of code violations. A five-year COC is issued to properties demonstrating full compliance with the code and fewer years depending on the number and type of violations. Details on the administration and enforcement of this program, along with definitions for the different CoC scores, can be found in the ordinance under Chapter 18, Section 19


People without Housing

In 2021, Mayor Weinberger's 10-Point Housing Plan set a goal to end chronic homelessness by 2025, and committed public resources to supporting this goal across a number of areas. These include strengthening the Chittenden County "coordinated entry" system that drives weekly progress towards functional zero, supporting the creation of 78 homes for formerly houseless individuals over the next five years and the creation of a low-barrier shelter pod community. 

Coordinated entry data is currently in the process of migrating to a new system and is currently unavailable. That data will be summarized in a dashboard here by early summer. 

Data dashboard coming soon