Any activity within a Class I or II wetland or buffer zone which is not exempt or considered an "allowed use" under the Vermont Wetland Rules requires a permit. In order to obtain a permit, an applicant must show that they are unable to perform the activity outside of the wetland or buffer zone and that they are not lowering the quality of the wetland's protected functions and values. Wetland permit applications take 3-6 months to review dependent on the complexity of the project and completeness of the application. Applicants must plan accordingly. See the links below for more permit information.
- 3-9025 General Permit – The Secretary may issue general permits for discrete categories of Class II wetlands and for discrete categories of activities or uses in accordance with the provisions of this section. Click on the link to view the current general permit and see if your activity applies.
- 3-9026 General Permit – This General Permit is for stream crossing structure replacement, failed wastewater system replacement, retrofits for Stormwater treatment practices, and Vermont Natural Resources Conservation Services Conservation Practice Standards on farms for access roads, heavy use protection areas, stream crossings, trails and walkways, and artificial wetlands. Eligible activities are limited by square footage thresholds, and by the type of impacted wetland. Project proponents may self-verify coverage and must register the activity with the Vermont Wetlands Program, except for farm practices described in the permit. Click on the link to view the current non-reporting general permit and see if your activity applies. This updated permit now includes a general permit process for stormwater retrofit projects with impacts to managed buffer between 5,000 and 7,000 square feet.
- Administrative Information and Permitting Process
- Wetland permit amendment guidance – details of when an amendment is needed and types of amendments
- Farming FAQ of Non-reporting General Permit 3-9026 - The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) wants to make it as easy as possible for farmers to continue to complete important water quality practices. Here are a few answers to some questions about the new non-reporting general permit which was issued November 19, 2018.
- Guidance for Determining Wetland Classifications
- Vernal Pool Evaluation Form
- Vernal Pool Survey Methodology
- CPG Application Checklist for Criterion 1(G) - Wetlands
Individual Wetland Permits
Vermont Individual Permit For Single Wetland Application (Revised June 2020)
Vermont Individual Permit for Multiple Wetlands Application (Revised June 2020)
Required Attachments for Individual Permits with Multiple Wetlands
- Vermont Individual Permit for Multiple Wetlands Excel Table (Revised January 2019)
- Wetlands Evaluation Form (Revised January 2019)
- Multiple Wetland Determination Form (New January 2019)
- Vermont Wetlands General Permit 3-9025 NOI (Revised December 2019)
Required Attachments for General Permit Applications that Include a Wetland Determination
- Wetlands Evaluation Form (Revised January 2019)
- Vermont Wetlands General Permit 3-9026 Registration (Revised December 2019) - This permit is under appeal (being contested) and there is some risk of using it for covering your project. If the permit is revoked or modified in whole or in part as a result of the litigation, projects built pursuant to authorization under the 3-9026 General Permit (GP) would no longer be authorized under a valid permit and the projects may need to get reauthorized by a different permit. Should the pending appeals be resolved such that the 3-9026 GP is upheld, the Agency intends to continue to administer the GP as written.
- Determination and Class I Rulemaking Petition Form (Revised December 2019)
- Vermont Individual Permit Major Amendment Application (Revised January 2020)
- Vermont Individual Permit Minor Amendment Application (Revised January 2020)
- Permit Extension Form (Revised January 2020)
- Permit Transfer Form (Revised January 2020)
- Administrative Amendment Form (New January 2020)
Reporting forms may now be completed online. You will need to have your permit number available; click on the appropriate link below to complete your report of Town Recording, Start Work date, or Work Completion:
Refund Policy: Fees cannot always be returned
- If an application is modified, withdrawn or denied after technical review has commenced, all fees are retained
- If an application is withdrawn prior to administrative review, all fees will be refunded
- If an application is withdrawn after administrative review but prior or commencement of technical review, deemed administratively incomplete and returned to the applicant, or determined that a permit is not required; administrative fees are retained and, and application review fees will be refunded
Public Notice Information
|Application Type||Notice Period||Abutter Notification|
|Individual Permit||30 Days||Yes|
|General Permit Authorization||14 Days||No|
|Administrative Amendment or Permit Transfers||None||No|
|Permit Extension||14 Days||Yes|
|Individual Permit Minor Amendment||14 Days||Yes|
|Individual Permit Major Amendment||30 Days||Yes|
|Wetland Determination||30 Days||Yes|