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.

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. 

***As of January 1, 2018, the State of Vermont requires that applicants applying for a Shoreland Protection Permit provide notice to adjoining landowners (10 V.S.A. § 7701 et seq

As a part of submitting an administratively complete Shoreland Protection Individual Permit application, the applicant and/or their representative must provide notice to adjoining property owners at the same time the application is submitted (10 V.S.A. § 7701 et seq). The applicant must certify on the application that notifying adjoining property owners has been completed prior to application submittal.

  • If the project is considered large and complex, additional notification requirements apply. Contact a permit specialist or analyst for additional information.
  • The OFFICIAL NOTICE letter is required to be sent by U.S. Mail to notify an adjoining property owner. Note: Permit application materials are not required to be sent with this notice.

  • Adjoining Property Owner Notification is not required for a Shoreland Registration submission. 

  • An Adjoining Property Owner Notice for Shoreland Permits is as follows:

Shoreland Protection Permits

Adjoining Property Owners to be Notified

All Shoreland Protection Individual Permits

Adjoining property owners on the terrestrial boundaries of the shoreland property. Notice is not required for property owners across the lake.


Image showing APO Notification Requirements for Shoreland Permits

Shoreland Projects (identified by the yellow X in the image above) must notify adjoing property owners shown in green. This is only an example. It is the Applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all potentially affected surrounding landowners are notified.

Fee Schedule

The appropriate application fees, pursuant to 3 V.S.A. Section 2822(j) (32), are listed below:

Shoreland Permit Fees
Description Fee
Registration Application $100

Permit Application

Administrative Fee

Impervious Surface Area



$0.50 per square foot

Example: Total Impervious Surface is 100 sq feet. Impervious Surface Fee = $50.00. Total application fee = $175.00


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. 


A Guide to Healthy Lakes Using  Lakeshore Landscaping               The Shoreline Stabilization Handbook

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

The Vermont Shoreland Protection Act: A Handbook for Shoreland Development


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