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.
Some shoreland projects will require the installation of best management practices to meet the standards of the Shoreland Protection Act. Best management practices are implemented to address erosion, establish shoreline vegetation, and to manage stormwater runoff.
The appropriate application fees, pursuant to 3 V.S.A. Section 2822(j) (32), are listed below:
New Impervious Surface Area
$0.50 per square foot
Additional Application and Lakeshore Management Resources
The Vermont ANR Natural Resources Atlas is an online mapping tool that allows a user to zoom into an area of interest to view map layers and use tools to analyze a site. Shoreland permit applicants may find the Atlas useful to screen the parcel of interest for features such as wetlands or to use the measurement tool to calculate cleared areas or distances from mean water level.
The Vegetation Protection Standards, established by the Shoreland Protection Act, guide the management of vegetation within 250 feet from mean water level (the Protected Shoreland Area). Usually, removal of vegetation requires a Shoreland Permit or Registration. However, no Shoreland Permit or Registration is required for the removal of dead, diseased, or unsafe trees nor is a permit required for the removal of noxious and nuisance plants. Regional Lake and Shoreland permit analysts are available to assist with vegetation management questions.
The Vermont Shoreland Protection Act Handbook & Appendices
- Handbook Appendix A: Estimating Mean Water Level
- Handbook Appendix B: Determining Shoreland Slope
- Handbook Appendix C: Determining Lakeside Zone and Protected Shoreland Area
- Handbook Appendix D: Vegetation Protection Standards
- Handbook Appendix E: Calculating Percent Clearing
- Handbook Appendix F: Calculating Percent Impervious