Planning & Zoning

  1. Late summer harvests: corn, blackberries, and political signs

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Colchester’s Planning and Zoning Department provides a variety of services that include:
  1. Responding to health and quality of life concerns through Requests for Action
  2. Reviewing and inspecting construction for compliance with local, state and national building codes
  3. Administering the State Wastewater Program and associated inspections
  4. Facilitating the development review process and guiding applicants in the permit process
  5. Fulfilling requests for information on properties
  6. Certifying properties through Letters of Compliance for resale and refinance
  7. Administering a revolving loan fund for septic replacement
  8. Developing and implementing land use plans
  9. Reinforcing Town regulations through
  10. Administering the Town’s Designated Growth Center
Providing oversight to the Town’s development and planning processes are the appointed volunteer Development Review Board and Planning Commission. Please contact us at (802)-264-5600 from 7:30AM to 4:30PM EST from Monday through Friday, stop by the Town Offices, ore-mail us directly. We look forward to serving you.



On Tuesday, October 4th at 7PM in the Outer Bay Conference Room at the Town Offices, the Planning Commission will hold a hearing on amendments to the Town Plan.  Click here for the amendments and here for a report on the proposed changes.

The Colchester Select Board adopted the proposed Malletts Bay Initiative (referred to as supplement 39 to the Zoning Regulations) and these regulations are now in effect.  Please click here for more information.

The Department has begun scanning all of its files. For information as to how this affects file availability for closings and permitting please click here.

The State of Vermont is now offering low-interest loans for wastewater systems and the Town offers minigrants.

Planning & Zoning Department Strategic Plan & FY2017 Work Program.

Integrated Water Resources Management Plan - Final Reports