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Permit Forms & Fees

Williston's Permitting Procedures

In Williston, some types of work require only an administrative permit, which can be applied for and approved by the Zoning Administrator. Most commercial development, new residential subdivisions, and most work proposed in Williston Village must be reviewed by the Development Review Board before the Administrator can issue a permit. If you are unsure of what type of permit your project requires, please call us at 802-878-6704. Please also be advised that certain uses of land and new developments will be subject to other applicable town ordinances and specifications that are not part of Williston's Unified Development Bylaw. Planning and Zoning staff can help you navigate these requirements. 

Williston Permitting Process Steps

Discretionary Permit Process- Detailed

Administrative permit applications are generally reviewed on a weekly basis by the staff on Monday mornings. Discretionary permits are generally scheduled to be heard by the Development Review Board (DRB) five to six weeks after their date of submission. This time-frame allows adequate time for staff, interdepartmental, and advisory board review as well as legally required public and abutter notices. 

Permit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Recent Permits & File Research
File Research: No appointment is needed for file research. Please contact us for an appointment if you plan on extensive file research on several properties or older files. Only recent administrative permits are available online, however you can review our permit databases to identify permit numbers or subdivision names. 

Permitting Forms & Questions: 
No appointment is needed for picking up permit forms, dropping off a completed administrative permit application, or simple zoning questions. More complex questions (particularly new site development, subdivision, DRB review) are often answered at walk-in visits but may require an appointment with staff. 
Permit FAQ
Answers to frequently asked questions about permits, fees, review process, and more.
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