Lake Encroachment Application Resources

Once an application is complete, it is sent with a request for comments to adjoining landowners; local, regional and state offices; and other interested persons. The Watershed Management Division may conduct investigations, meetings, and site evaluations to verify information contained in an application. Generally it takes 60-90 days for a final decision to be issued once an application is considered complete. 

Shoreland Application Resources

It is strongly recommended that applications be submitted at least 45 days before the proposed beginning date of the project. If you are unsure as to whether your project requires a Shoreland Permit, Shoreland Registration, or is an exempt activity, please fill out the shoreland project worksheet.


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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation's Watershed Management Division monitors the water quality of lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and wetlands across Vermont.

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Vermont Lake Wise Program

Contact Information

Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Watershed Management Division
Lakes and Ponds Section
1 National Life Drive, Main 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3522

Tel.# 802- 828-1535

Shoreland Best Management Practices

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Vermont Lakeshore Management

Lake Wise practices apply to the land surrounding a lake that is within 250 feet of the lake's mean water level.


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