Category Archives: Vermont Statutes

Vermont Aboveground Storage Tank Rule

In the wake of tropical storm Irene, the State of Vermont promulgated new rules about above-ground fuel tanks. These rules are intended to protect public health and the environment by establishing standards for the design and installation of aboveground storage tanks, and the monitoring and reporting of fuel spills. Many thousands of gallons of fuel…

Vermont Common Interest Ownership Act

When buying a condo in Vermont you have the right to review documents relating to the association you are buying into. These documents include financial data, and legal status. The full text of the Act is below. § 4-109. Resales of units. (a) Except in the case of a sale where delivery of a public…

New Water Testing Legislation

Bill S.77: An Act Relating to Water Testing of Private Wells passed the Vermont Senate on April 7th. The act originally dictated that home sellers with private wells would need to test and disclose prior to sale of the home. Fortunately this language was removed after consultation with the Vermont Association of Realtors. Now sellers…

New Private Road Maintenance Legislation

Though state representatives recognize that “Vermonters have a long history of working together to share the costs of maintaining private roads,” they still feel the need to codify how costs shall be shared by homeowners who don’t have a written agreement. One reason for codification is greater pressure from the secondary mortgage market. The bill…

Vermont Bill H.498 — Private Roads

  Private Roads (H.498) After much discussion in both the Vermont House and Senate lawmakers where unable to decide on language suitable to pass the private roads bill (H.498) in the 2010 Legislative Session.  Instead legislators agreed to form a committee to work on a better draft for review for next session.  The committee working…

Accessory Apartments

The state has some regulations desigend to encourage wise use of residential homes including accessory apartments, home day care facilities, and home offices. These statutes limit the regulation and prohibitions municipalities can place on home owners seeking to use a part of their home as an office, accessory apartment or day care facility. The statute…

Vermont Bianchi Law

The so-called “Bianchi law” was a series of three legislative enactments in the late 1990s to deal with the real estate marketability issues created by the Supreme Court’s decision in Bianchi v Lorenz, 166 Vt. 555 (1997). The intent of the legislation, now codified as 24 V.S.A 4454(a), was to remove zoning violations which were…

Burlington, a great place to raise chickens?

Burlington has had dozens of accolades calling the city one of the best places in the country to own a home and raise a family. There has been much crowing lately about residents’ abilty to raise chickens. It seems that the city is enforcing a rule that households cannot have more than four chickens. I…

New Vermont Foreclosure Law

As of July 1st, 2010, a change in the Vermont law requires that borrowers in foreclosure mediate and the terms of a loan be modified under the new federal Home Affordability Modification Program (HAMP). Borrowers must enter an appearance in court and request mediation. One useful link to acts relating to banking laws, whether or…

residential electrical generation and clothes lines

As of May 27, 2009, electrical generation and transmission facilities may not be regulated through zoning if those facilities require a certificate of public good pursuant to 30 V.S.A. § 248. So, one may be able to install a wind-turbine or solar array without the need apply for zoning permit. The Vermont Statutes Online Title…

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