Act 250



Act 250 is administered by the Natural Resources Board (an entity that is independant from the ANR).  Permit information is entered into a database and documents associated with a project are scanned. This information is available to the public through the Act 250 database. Currently, the database only contains information associated with permit applications received after January 1, 2002. The NRB is working towards having earlier permit information accessible through the database but until then, this information can only be obtained through the Act 250 District Offices listed below.

Act 250, Vermont's land use and development control law, considers a development's effect on:

  • town & regional plans
  • necessary wildlife habitat
  • town & regional growth
  • primary agricultural soils
  • municipalities & governmental services
  • historic & archeological sites
  • energy & water conservation
  • air & water quality
  • streams & shorelines
  • educational facilities
  • public investments
  • endangered species
  • soil erosion
  • utilities
  • waste disposal
  • water supplies
  • wetlands
  • floodways
  • forest soils
  • transportation
  • aesthetics
  • natural areas
  • earth resources

Nine district commissions review applications and issue decisions and land use permits. District commissions are located in five regional offices around the state. The addresses are listed below.

As of January 31, 2005 all appeals from District Environmental Commission (Act 250) decisions and District Coordinator Jurisdictional Opinions will be heard by the expanded Environmental Court. All appeals from permitting decisions of the Agency of Natural Resources will also be heard by the Environmental Court, as well as local land use decisions.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is a statutory party to all Act 250 permit requests. The Agency coordinates technical review of Act 250 permit applications by state agencies and produces the weekly Act 250 Agenda. The agenda is a list of new applications which have been received and recent permits which have been issued. The first digit of the application number indicates the district where a project is located. District coordinators at the addresses below can answer questions about specific projects or general questions about Act 250.

Regional Office Locations

Also see the Regional Office Locations, Maps and Driving Directions page  and the District Maps page

  • Districts #1 and 8
    440 Asa Bloomer Office Building
    Rutland, VT 05701-5903
  • Districts #2 and 3

    100 Mineral Street
    Springfield, VT 05156
  • Districts #4, 6 and 9

    111 West Street
    Essex Junction, VT 05452
  • District #5

    5 Perry Street - Suite 60
    Barre, VT 05641
  • District #7

    374 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 4
    St. Johnsbury, VT 05819