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Contact your local District Coordinator who will help you determine whether you need an Act 250 permit.

The Act 250 Permit Application Process

How to obtain Act 250 application forms

The Act 250 application forms and application guide are available for download from the "Act 250 Permit Application" page. If you need assistance downloading the application and/or guide or do not have electronic access, please contact the appropriate Act 250 District Office for the town or city where your property is located. Note: Internet Explorer is the preferred Internet browser to view and download the smart-form application PDFs from our website. Some Internet browsers may experience a "Please wait..." error. For more information on how to troubleshoot viewing and/or downloading PDFs from our site, please see the Act 250 Application Guide.

What is the difference between a “major” and a “minor” application?

Once you have submitted your application, the District Environmental Commission will determine whether it will be processed as a "major" or "minor"application. A “major” application is subject to a public hearing before the District Commission. No hearing is held for a “minor” application unless requested by an interested party, a local or state agency, or the District Commission. For both major and minor applications, a notice is published in a local newspaper and sent directly to adjoining property owners, interested  state agencies, and local and regional officials. 

Do you need assistance filling out Act 250 application forms?

If you have questions about filling out the application, we encourage you to schedule a pre-application meeting with the Act 250 District Coordinator, who will discuss your project with you and provide guidance on filling out the required forms. If you feel you need more substantial support, you are welcome to hire a private Act 250 consultant.

Submit your completed application to the local Act 250 District Office. The application is reviewed by the local District Commission, which determines whether the application will be processed as an Administrative Amendment, a Minor, or a Major. If an Administrative Amendment, a permit is issued without further review. If a Minor, a notice of application filing is sent to Statutory and Designated Parties, with an opportunity for a public hearing, if requested. If a Major, the local District Commission holds a hearing, reviews evidence, and then deliberates. The permit is then issued with conditions. An Act 250 permit application that does not meet all criteria may be denied.

Do I Need an Act 250 Permit?

How Do I Apply for an Act 250 Permit?

Act 250 Criteria

Act 250 Database

Natural Resources Atlas


Act 250 Permit Process Survey Form - (non-front page)


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