Town Officials

Except for Justices of the Peace, Town Officers are elected by ballot vote in March of each year; term lengths depend on the office and are from one to three years. Justices of the Peace are elected in November of even-numbered years for two-year terms starting February 1 of the following year.

Elected Officials




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These positions are appointed by the Board of Selectmen at a public meeting on or before April 15th of each year.


Appointed Officials


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can marry or perform a civil union for us?

A judge, supreme court justice, assistant judge, justice of the peace, or an ordained or licensed minister, rabbi or priest residing in Vermont can perform your ceremony. A priest, rabbi, minister or person from another state can perform your ceremony if he or she first obtains a special authorization from the probate court in the district where the marriage will take place. Vermont law does not require witnesses. If you are planning a religious ceremony, check with your church or synagogue to see if religious tenets require witnesses for your marriage or union. If you would like the names of our JP's please click Departments on our home page and then click on Justice of the Peace for names and numbers.

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When do I notify the listers of a change of address?

Anytime your address changes.

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What building or development activities require a permit?

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.

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Important Announcements

from Cole Hall.

Burial rates at Shaftsbury cemeteries will change on 1/1/2017

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Southshire Community Solar has announced a planned Phase II expansion of the Buck Hill project.

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PFOA Information

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Organics Collection - Now at the Transfer Station

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Towns Meetings Calendar

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