Janet E. Shatney, Director of Planning, Permitting & Assessing
6 N. Main Street, Suite 7
Barre, VT 05641
Heather L. Grandfield, Permit Administrator
6 N Main St Suite 7
Barre VT 05641
(802) 476-0245 or her direct line at (802) 477-1466
NOTICE: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barre City Hall closed to the public at the close of business on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
We can and will continue to serve you 5 days a week, via email, telephone and the US Post Office (Suite 7, PO Box 418, Barre, VT 05641).
As of November 11, 2020, City Hall remains closed to visitors. The City Clerk's office accepts appointments Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9 am to 4:30 pm, we are also open to facilitate such research.
We are responding to phone calls and emails - please be patient and leave us messages ~ we will get back to you.
For assessing lister cards or copies of tax maps, please email JANET; or KATHRYN or via telephone at (802) 476-0244 and she will be more than happy to email you, or print and mail to you a lister card or map, or answer any questions you may have regarding assessing.
Should you need any documents from our zoning or building/electrical files be scanned to you, please send JANET an email and she will work it in to her schedule as time allows.
FY21 Rental Registry Invoicing:
This office assists Code Enforcement by completing the Rental Registry invoicing. Per Chapter 7 Housing, the annual rental registry invoicing will be mailed out beginning on Friday, May 14, 2021 with a due date of Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The fee is $50 per unit. Please fill out and sign the form, returning it with proper fees if necessary to this office. NOTE: electronic payments cannot be accepted for this - THIS IS NOT A PERMIT. PLEASE DO NOT UTILIZE THE CLERK'S FEE PAGE FOR THESE REGISTRATIONS. Any other questions regarding rental housing and the ordinance shall be directed to CODE ENFORCEMENT. Thank you.
We can and will continue to serve you via email, telephone and the US Post Office (Suite 7, PO Box 418, Barre, VT 05641).
Planning work, city plans, grants, etc., email JANET, or call her directly at (802) 477-1465.
For zoning, building, electrical or flood hazard permitting, contact either Janet above or HEATHER. She works on Tuesdays and some Wednesdays at this time.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A PERMIT FROM THIS OFFICE:
All development in the City of Barre is required to have a permit. In most instances, you will need either one or a combination of zoning, building, flood hazard, electrical permits. The applicant must apply and be issued permits before the project can begin.
All application forms are found at the right hand toolbar labeled PERMIT FORMS. If you need any help or have any questions regarding the applications or the process, please contact HEATHER or call (802) 476-0245 and leave a message.
The Planning & Permitting Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the City land-use regulations, development of the City Master Plan, other ongoing planning efforts, GIS mapping coordination, and grant preparation and administration. The department is staffed by a full-time Planning Director as well as a full-time permit administrator. The Department reviews all development proposals and assists the public in understanding the ordinances and helping them through the permit process. The Administrator is also responsible for taking action on all known zoning violations. Lastly, the Planning Director is charged with securing grants relating to planning-related projects.
The Planning & Permitting Department has recently been, or is currently involved, in several planning activities including:
- Completed development of a database to track zoning permits and make assessment records available throughout City Hall.
- Acquired desktop geographic information system (GIS) software that makes GIS mapping and assessment data available throughout City Hall. This project was funded through a Municipal Planning grant.
- Continued efforts to secure grants and outside funding for downtown and city-wide planning efforts and improvements.
- Ongoing coordination with The Barre Partnership and Barre Area Development, Inc. regarding downtown planning efforts.
- Barre City Municipal Master Plan update: The Planning Commission has been working on the updates to the City's Municipal Plan, beginning in February 2019. Click HERE to go to the Planning Commission Master Plan page for current activity.
The current plan was written over the course of several years, and adopted by the City Council on June 17, 2014, with approval by the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission that they confirmed our plan met the planning process via 24 VSA 4350(a), and they approved the plan via 24 VSA 4350(b). The plan expired in June of 2014, and we are working on edits and updates so that the Council can readopt a revised and updated plan that can then meet the state's planning process. This will aid the City in Barre for a multitude of things, including the ability to empower local decisions by making it possible to adopt zoning, subdivision and flood hazard regulations; to be able to influence state regulatory proceedings such as Act 250 applications; and also to qualify and receive priority for certain state funding and federal programs, including planning, implementation, and brownfield development grants.
You can help us by participating in a robust, public engagement by attending meetings, sending us comments, and help us paint a clear picture of the City's future, making Barre City a great place to live and work.
If you are planning on any construction or land use change project within the city, either to your home, rental or business, please contact the Permit Administrator to determine whether or not permits are needed and what is required. State and local requirements change frequently, and there are penalties for not having the right permits.
The permit application forms, mapping information, regulations and current version of the Municipal plan can all be found in the toolboxes on the right of this page.
At this time, with City Hall still closed to visitors, Heather is working remotely, but working every day. For her assistance with zoning, building, electrical, flood hazard and vacant building information and permits, please call the number listed below and leave a message - she will return your call as soon as she checks messages (every two hours).