FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I appeal a decision of the Zoning Administrator?
Q: What types of construction, renovation, etc. are exempt from permits?
Q: Do I need a permit to re-shingle my roof?
Q. Do I need a permit to install a fence?
Q: Do I need a permit to replace my windows?
Q: Do I need a permit for a tree house?
Q: Do I need a permit for a shed?
Q: Do I need a permit for a fabric structure for my vehicle?
Q: Do I need a permit for a pool (above ground or in-ground)?
Q: Do I need a permit for a new furnace?
Q: Do I need a permit for an outdoor wood boiler?
Q: Do I need a permit for a new porch or deck?
Q: Do I need a permit to repair my porch or deck?
Q: Do I need a permit to build new stairs?
Q: Do I need a permit to repair my stairs?
Q: What is a public building?
Q: What are the setbacks (required distance from adjacent property lines and the road) for new structures or additions on my property?
Q: Do I need a permit for a sign?
Q: Do I need to a permit to sell a portion of my property?
Q: Who do I report a violation of the building and/or zoning regulations?


Appeals

Q: How do I appeal a decision of the Zoning Administrator?
A: See Appeals for information regarding how to file an appeal.

Development Review Board
(see Development Review Board for info.)

Exemptions

Q: What types of construction, renovation, etc. are exempt from permits?
A: See Exemptions for information regarding exemptions from permits.

Permits (see Permits for general permit info.)

Q: Do I need a permit to re-shingle my roof?
A: No, unless your property is in a design review district (downtown or Northside Drive/North Bennington Road).

Q. Do I need a permit to install a fence?
A. No, unless the fence is taller than 8 ft, or potentially blocks view of drivers at an intersection.

Q: Do I need a permit to replace my windows?
A: No, unless your property is in a design review district (downtown or Northside Drive / North Bennington Road).

Q: Do I need a permit for a tree house?
A: No, provided it is small and does not have electricity run to it.

Q: Do I need a permit for a shed?
A: Yes.  Use Application for Building and Zoning Permit.

Q: Do I need a permit for a fabric structure for my vehicle?
A: Yes.  Use Appllication for Building and Zoning Permit – Residential.

Q: Do I need a permit for a pool (above ground or in-ground)?
A: Yes.  Use Appllication for Building and Zoning Permit – Residential.

Q: Do I need a permit for a new furnace?
A: Yes.  Use Application for Building and Zoning Permit.

Q: Do I need a permit for an outdoor wood boiler?
A: Yes.  Use Application for Building and Zoning Permit.

Q: Do I need a permit for a new porch or deck?
A: Yes.  Use Application for Building and Zoning Permit.

Q: Do I need a permit to repair my porch or deck?
A: Usually.  Contact the Building inspector at  permits@benningtonvt.org or 802-442-1037.

Q: Do I need a permit to build new stairs?
A: Yes.  Use Application for Building and Zoning Permit.

Q: Do I need a permit to repair my stairs?
A: Usually.  Contact the Building Inspector at  permits@benningtonvt.org or 802-442-1037.

Planning Commission
(see Planning Commission for info.)

Public Building

Q: What is a public building?
A: Any building other than an owner-occupied/single family building.  Duplexes, single family rentals, offices, retail stores, apartment buildings, warehouses, factories, etc. are public buildings.

Setbacks

Q: What are the setbacks (required distance from adjacent property lines and the road) for new structures or additions on my property?
A: Consult the Land Use and Development Regulations Tables for the setbacks for your property or contact the Permitting Department at permits@benningtonvt.org or 802-442-1037.

Signs

Q: Do I need a permit for a sign?
A: Yes, all new signs and all changes to existing signs require a sign permit.  Use the Sign Permit Application to apply for a permit.

Subdivision

Q: Do I need to a permit to sell a portion of my property?
A: Yes, in most cases.  See Subdivisions PRD/PUD for more information.

Variances (see Variances for info.)

Violations

Q: Who do I report a violation of the building and/or zoning regulations?
A: See Code Enforcement for information on how to report a violation.

ALL APPLICANTS FOR A PERMIT FOR COMMERCIAL PROJECTS, SUBDIVISIONS AND/OR VARIANCES SHOULD CONTACT THE TOWN’S PERMITTING DEPARTMENT (permits@benningtonvt.org or 802-442-1037) FOR AN INFORMAL REVIEW OF THE PROJECT BEFORE ANY PERMIT APPLICATIONS ARE SUBMITTED TO THE TOWN.

THE INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE IS OFFERED AS A GENERAL GUIDE TO LAND USE PERMITTING IN BENNINGTON.  PLEASE CONTACT THE BENNINGTON PERMITTING DEPARTMENT AT (permits@benningtonvt.org or 802-442-1037) REGARDING SPECIFIC QUESTIONS AND ISSUES REGARDING BENNINGTON LAND USE PERMITS.