Lake Encroachment Application Resources

During the review of a Lake Encroachment Permit application, the following factors are considered: the project's impact on water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, aquatic and shoreline vegetation, and navigation, recreation and other uses; the consistency with the natural surroundings; the consistency with local ordinances or state plans; and the cumulative impact of other existing encroachments.

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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