Community Development

Permit Center Temporarily Closed at City Hall 

Release Date: March 24, 2020

In order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and minimize infections, the Community Development/Permit Center has been closed to walk in customers until further notice. This is a proactive measure to ensure the health, well-being, and safety of our customers, community members, and employees.

During this challenging time we remain committed to providing the highest level of customer service. However, we are currently working remotely with limited staff. We will normally try and respond to questions within 24 hours but we ask that you be patient as we adjust to the current situation.


Permit submittal, pick up and payment information:

Inspections may be limited and will be done on a case-by-case basis: 

Building and Floodplain Questions: 

Land Use Questions: 

Fire Marshal Questions and Inspections: 



This is the location of a number of key services offered by the City of Burlington including the following:

  • One-stop Permit Center for all land use, construction, and infrastructure permits
  • Public Information on zoning, subdivisions, environmental review, critical areas, and a variety of related topics ranging from new commercial and residential construction to neighborhood questions about fences, garages, and pets
  • Long range planning including updating Burlington’s Comprehensive Plans and Capital Improvement Plan
    • Special areas of emphasis include downtown planning and coordination with the Downtown Burlington Association and implementing the Community Connections Plan
  • Burlington’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, base flood elevation information, and coordination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System program for Burlington

Comprehensive Plan Update

CANCELED - Planning Commission - March 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.: A public hearing on the comprehensive plan update for consideration, and possible adoption of the following items:

  • Preliminary adoption of Transportation Element of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Preliminary adoption of the Parks Element of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Preliminary adoption of non-substantive changes to the City’s zoning and development regulations, as necessary to implement the updated comprehensive plan. This batch of changes includes changes that primarily organizational.