Frequent Questions About Zoning

  • Q May I have unregistered vehicles on my property?
  • A
    In the village residential district, only one unregistered uninspected motor vehicle is permitted. Two unregistered, inoperable vehicles are permitted in rural residential (RR) districts. All unregistered, inoperable vehicles shall be screened from public view.


  • Q What building or development activities require a permit?
  • A
    All structures such as sheds, barns, accessory buildings, homes, porches, lean-to's, enclosure of porches or breezeways, pools, dormers, fences over 6' high, garages etc. require a permit.


  • Q Do I need a permit for a pond?
  • A
    Yes, however, a pond must be approved by the Development Review Board at a warned meeting. You will also be asked to have the District Conservationist inspect the area and make recommendations relative to the pond inlets and outlets, and ponds greater than 3000 square feet require State approval.


  • Q Do I need a permit for a TV Antenna or dish?
  • A
    Yes.


  • Q Do I need a permit if my business or commercial/industrial activity needs to be enlarged or have structures added?
  • A
    Yes; all additional structures or changes in business activity, require approval of the Development Review Board. Any changes in use to an existing operation, such as changing a residence into rental property, require Development Review Board approval.


  • Q May I do business in my home?
  • A
    Yes. However, all "home occupations" must be approved by the Development Review Board. Examples include child care, computer related businesses, a small bakery, etc.


  • Q What is the process for sub-dividing my property?
  • A
    An application for a sub-division must be submitted to the Zoning Administrator. Then, a fifteen-day warning will be published in the newspaper announcing when the Development Review Board will meet to review the application. A site plan must be submitted at this time as well as other State permits, such as wastewater and Act 250 permits. The Zoning Administrator will assist applicants in their efforts to sub-divide property.


  • Q How do I contact the Zoning Administrator for assistance or if I have questions?
  • A
    The Zoning Administrator's office is on the 2nd floor at Cole Hall in the Town Offices. Normally, the Zoning Administrator is available Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday 9:00am - 12:00pm. Since site visits for inspections may keep the Administrator out of the office at times, it is recommended that you phone for an appointment (802) 442-4038 ext. 5 or to ask questions. The answering machine will take messages if the Zoning Administrator is unavailable when you phone.


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