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 Non-reporting 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.
- Wetland permit application process – additional instructions and details of the wetland 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.
- Vermont Individual Permit Application (Revised March 2017)
- Vermont Wetlands General Permit NOI (Revised March 2018)
- Permit Application Multiple Wetlands Table (Revised March 2017)
- Wetlands Evaluation Form (For Multiple Wetland Applications-Revised March 2017)
- Determination and Class I Rulemaking Petition Form (Revised March 2018)
- DEC Adjoiner Form Template (Revised March 2018)
- Abutter Notification Guidance (New August 2018)
- Vermont Individual Permit Major Amendment Application (Revised March 2018)
- Vermont Individual Permit Minor Amendment Application (Revised March 2018)
- Permit Extension Form (Revised March 2018)
- Permit Transfer Form (Revised March 2018)
- Administrative Amendment Form (New March 2018)
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:
If you are having technical issues with any of the forms, please email us at ANR.WSMDWetlands@vermont.gov or call 802.490.6100
|Application Type||Fee||Notice Period|
|Individual Permit||$240 + review fees||30 Days|
|General Permit Authorization||$240 + review fees||14 Days|
|Administrative Amendment and Permit Transfers||$50*||none|
|Permit Extension||$240||14 days|
|Minor Amendment||$120||14 days|
|Major Amendment||$240 + net review fees||30 days|
|Other Fee Types||Fee|
|Review Fees||$0.75/sqft wetland impact $0.25/sqft buffer|
|After the Fact Fees||$1.50/sqft wetland (restoration may be required)|
|Fee exemptions for municipalities and Vtrans no longer apply as of 7/1/15|
|* no fees for typographical error corrections|