Planning & Zoning

Effective June 29, 2020 – COVID-19
Department Reduced Services

The Planning & Zoning Department is temporarily operating with reduced staff and other resources due to COVID-19, resulting in the reduction or suspension of some Town services. This is necessary due to the impact of Federal and State COVID-19 related work rules on service delivery, higher Town expenses related to COVID-19, and reductions in Town fee revenues due to the evolving public health emergency and related economic and regulatory climate. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time. Departmental changes are as follows:


No Change: All records, permits, regulations are still accessible online. All permits can be submitted and processed online.  Staff is available to answer your questions and assist with permit submittals, zoning, wastewater and building questions.  If you have general questions you can call the office at 264-5606 or under Staff Directory please find email addresses and phone numbers for Sarah Hadd, Lisa Riddle, Denise Terk-Johnson or Derek Shepardson. 

Reduced: Building inspections are limited and should be scheduled by emailing or calling (802) 264-5606.  Compliance letter requests with less than a 4 week process time may be denied.  Request for Action investigations will be delayed except as deemed critical to health or life safety.  All permits are not subject to regular time requirements for review and issuance and will be processed in due order.  The Planning and Zoning staff is available for office appointments between 7:30 am to noon.  We are available by phone and email from noon to 4:30.

Suspended: Planning Commission meetings are suspended through September and will be re-evaluated thereafter.


Are you flood ready?

The Town of Colchester is located along the shores of Lake Champlain between the mouths of the Lamoille and Winooski Rivers.  With these assetts, we must also be vigiliant in protecting against flooding.  Please take a minute to learn what you can do to protect against and prepare for flooding.