Department of Planning and Zoning


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:

  • planBTV: Burlington's Comprehensive Plan - A draft of the 2019 update has been posted online! Join us for a presentation and public hearing on December 5, 2018 at 6:30pm in Contois Auditorium, City Hall.  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 and how you can add your thoughts to the conversation.
  • 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. A newly revised draft based on all of the public comment and feedback we have received has been completed and is now available for review! This plan is anticipated to be adopted as part of the 2019 update and re-adoption of planBTV: Burlington's Comprehensive Plan update. Join the public hearing on December 5, 2018 to share your input on this revised draft.
  • planBTV Downtown Code - It's offical - the planBTV Downtown Code was adopted by the City Council! As recommended in the planBTV-Downtown & Waterfront Master Plan, it is a new set of zoning regulations for the downtown and waterfront. The primary goal is to foster more predictable built results for both applicants and neighbors, and ensure a stronger relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks.
  • 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: