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Posted on: March 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] COVID19 PZ Services Update

The Colchester Planning and Zoning Department is open for business, however we have modified services due to COVID19.  The majority of our services are available on our website at (select Planning & Zoning under Town Services).

These online services include applying for and receiving permits, guides for frequently asked questions, and all of our property records.  The “Apply for a Permit” tab will walk you through the application process.  It can be found directly here:  Using the “Buying and Selling Property” option, you can find our “PZ Online Records Search”. This search includes information on all permits issued or applied for on Colchester properties.  The “Buying and Selling Property” option also provides a link to the Assessor’s interactive map that includes zoning classification.  Deed research in the Clerks Office is linked here including property tax information.  A Certificate of Compliance for real estate closings is also available here.

Inspection requests and complaints can also be submitted though our website.  Per the Governor’s Executive Order addendum of March 24th, construction at this time is to be limited to repairs for safety and health purposes. All contractors are expected to comply with this Order and those that do not may have permits revoked. Due to current circumstances, inspections are being limited and are prioritized based upon safety and time sensitivity.  Our Development Review Board and Planning Commission have cancelled meetings through April, deferring work to their May agendas.  We are confident these May meetings will occur either as planned or modified to meet expected changes in the Vermont open meeting laws.  Agendas for our upcoming meetings will continue to be posted on our website.  If you wish to attend one of these meetings, please email us at and we will confirm the time and location of the meetings with you as the dates approach.

While our staff is working remotely, we are monitoring phones and emails.  A complete directory of our staff is available on our website.  We are processing permits, Board applications, and all other requests however ask for your help.  Permits and other applications submitted online through the “Apply for Permit” portion of the website can be entirely processed and paid for online.  Permits and applications mailed in will need to be paid for by check and will experience lags in processing.  We are unable to accept cash at this time.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with general questions at (802)-264-5606 or  We look forward to continuing to serve you.

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