Building and Zoning
Land development in Brattleboro is governed by the Land Use Regulations. If you are undertaking new construction which will change the use of the building or add square footage to a building on your property—whether it's residential or commercial—from a new deck, or accessory structure, to a demolition and rebuild of a building, you will need to apply for a zoning permit through the Town of Brattleboro. For permit applications or information, contact the Planning Department at 802-251-8154.
Local Zoning Permits:
- Permit Application - Form A is required for all applications. Page two includes a checklist for any other necessary forms. See Zoning Permits for all forms and fees. Application fees must be paid to the Town of Brattleboro prior to review.
- Signs: Signs are a special category, and any new sign, including a change to an existing sign, or a temporary banner requires a permit. Form A and Form B need to be completed and submitted.
- Change of use: If you are changing the way the property will be used (for example, from one-family residence to two or more, from residential to commercial, or even one type of commercial use to another, you will need to obtain a permit. See Form A, and the page two checklist.
- Flood zone: If your property is within the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) any improvements to existing structures – including interior work – will require a permit. All applications for designated Flood Hazard Areas must complete Form I in addition to Form A. The back of Form I includes special requirements for flood construction. See the flood information on right sidebar to determine if your property is in the SFHA.
- Historic District: If your property is in a historic district, exterior renovations, repairs and alterations, excluding painting, may need design review approval; contact the Zoning Administrator for a written determination. Go to Mapsonline to see the Districts.
- To request a zoning compliance letter, contact the Zoning Administrator.
- For commercial projects and any questions on building inspection, you will also need to contact Patrick Banks at Fire and Safety for Windham County at 802-503-2696.
- If you have an existing rental unit, or are creating a rental unit, you will need to register it annually. You will also need to file an annual lead paint Essential Maintenance Practices certification with the state lead program. You can find out more about safe lead practices at the Vermont Department of Health.
- In addition, you may need permits from the state; call the state permit specialist Rick Oberkirch at 802-282-6488, or at [email protected] before beginning any construction.
- Understand the laws regarding asbestos and lead for renovation and demolition; or call 802-863-7220.