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April 14, 2021   -    Local Government News Direct to You 

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Pledge to Women in Law Enforcement

The South Burlington Police Department has signed on to the 30x30 Pledge – a series of low- and no-cost actions policing agencies can take to improve the representation and experiences of women in law enforcement.

The activities help policing agencies assess the current state of a department with regard to gender equity, identify factors that may be driving any disparities and develop and implement strategies and solutions to eliminate barriers and advance women in policing. These actions address recruitment, assessment, hiring, retention, promotion, and agency culture.

Read more.

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Apply to Serve on a City Committee!

We are still accepting applications to fill open seats on the various South Burlington City Committees. The City Council appoints South Burlington residents to a multitude of committees that cover areas such as planning, energy, natural resources, bike and pedestrian facilities, recreation and parks, economic development, affordable housing and more.  Applications are due by Monday, April 26. Interviews will be held in May, with appointments made in June. Service begins July 1.

Learn more or apply.

FF Will Boyea administers COVID-19 vaccine

Fire Fighter and Paramedic Will Boyea seen here administering COVID-19 vaccine.

Fire Fighters Aid in Vaccination Efforts

Several of our fire fighters are working outside their normal shifts to help with vaccination efforts in the community.  They are deployed by the state to vaccination locations. 

Access information on signing up to receive the vaccine.

Draft Environmental Protection Standards Ready for Public Comment

The City’s volunteer Planning Commission is seeking public feedback on a proposed overhaul of the Environmental Protection Standards portion of the City Land Development Regulations. The proposed regulations update, and in some case expand, existing standards related to wetlands and wetland buffers, river corridors, 100-year floodplains, and stormwater management. They also propose new sections addressing Habitat Blocks, Habitat Connectors, Steep Slopes, and the 500-year floodplain.

Learn more and see how you can participate.

Spring/Summer Home Improvement Projects?

Tools for home reno

Has time at home got you thinking about a home improvement project?  A bathroom re-do? Making that home office more permanent?  Creating more indoor/outdoor spaces?  Then now is the time to check-in with Planning & Zoning if you have spring/summer building projects on the horizon and want to start or learn about the permitting process. 

Don’t know if you need a permit for the project you are considering? Our FAQs may help.  We also have detailed “How To” guides on our website that will walk you through the permitting process.

As always, if you have questions you can reach out to Planning & Zoning staff at or 802-846-4106.

National Telecommunicators Week 2021

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week
April 11 - 17

Every year during the second week of April, telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public.

It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication. An estimated 240 million calls are made to 9-1-1 in the U.S. each year and thousands of these calls land in our center.  Our talented team of public safety dispatchers serve the public and our emergency responders - behind the scenes insuring that those in trouble are heard and those responding are informed and resourced.

We’d like to take a moment to thank our team of dedicated dispatchers this and every week. South Burlington is fortunate to have such a fine group of professionals.    

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Spring Chickens?

Spring is in the air and if you are thinking about raising chickens, we’d like you to know that you’ll need to apply for a Backyard Chicken Permit.  Permits are issued annually to enable residents to keep a small number of domesticated female chickens for personal use.

Learn more.

School District Events

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Special School Board Meeting: Work Session

April 28   |  7 pm

Agenda can be found at


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Monday, April 19   |  6:30 pm  | Virtual

  • Interviews with applicants for appointment to South Burlington Boards, Commissions and Committees
  • Interim Zoning application public hearings
    (warned for 7:30 pm)
  • Consideration and possible approval of a resolution requiring that a third-party conservation easement on the so-called Wheeler Property be conveyed and completed within five months of enactment
  • Consider and possibly approve the Local Emergency Operations Plan
  • I-89 Recommendations from Council
  • Convene as Liquor Control Commission
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Phone (audio only): (872) 240-3212

Access code:      495-745-205

Watch the Last City Council Meeting Recording

Want to see what happened during the latest City Council meeting? Can't attend the live session online?  We've got you covered. You can watch the recorded April 5 meeting here.

City Clerk's Office:
How to Access Services

Need to access the Clerk's office for a title search, vital records, or marriage license? 

Visit the City Clerk's page and see how to do so!


No burn

High Fire Danger Warning

A High Fire Danger Warning - open burning ban, has been posted for our area. Burn permits will not be issued until the area has received a significant amount of rain fall (>3/4"). Open fires in backyard fire pits that do not have ember screens are also prohibited during this Warning. Propane or natural gas fired, fire tables are allowed to be used, but no organic materials are to be used in conjunction with these appliances.

The prohibition of open fires in City Parks and beaches remains in effect. This includes all sections of Red Rocks Park, without exception.

Please do your part to protect our homes, neighborhoods, and parks from the indiscriminate ravages of fire.

Green Up Day


Always the first Saturday in May, this year Saturday, May 1 marks 51 years of proudly continuing Vermont’s unique Green Up Day tradition.
Volunteers statewide will come together in their communities to tackle trash and litter along roadsides, in public spaces, natural landscapes and waterways. 

See how you can participate this year.

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Earth Day Weed Warrior Event

April 24th | 9am-12pm | Underwood 

The City is announcing its first Weed Warrior event of the season.  Please join us to celebrate Earth Day by removing non-native invasive plants from our Underwood parcel to improve wildlife habitat and biodiversity.  Interested participants will be trained by Mike Bald, with Got Weeds?, to identify and properly remove these plants using hand tools and loppers.

This event will also have a limited capacity, and all participants will be required to complete registration. 

If you have questions about this event or would like to register, please contact Ashley Parker at:


Be Tick Smart

As we get out and about in this delightful spring weather, please remember to protect yourself and your family from ticks. 

Learn more.

April Stools

Anyone who has been out and about this early spring has been witness to the uncovering of some rather stinky behavior.  DOG POOP IS EVERYWHERE!!!

Learn more.

Trail ethics

Help Build an Inclusive Outdoors

The great outdoors is calling and more and more of us are out and about walking, running and hiking!  As we venture out, let’s be sensitive to the needs of others and subscribe to Outdoor Recreation Trail Ethics presented to us by the Vermont State Forest, Parks and Recreation.  They are good tips to remember and principles to help us “respect each other and build and inclusive outdoors.”

Learn more.


The Library is currently operating only curbside service.  See the current hoursCurbside Pickup: M, Th, F 11-3 pm and T, W 2-6 pm

Call us at: 802-846-4140.


WiFi Hotspot

Mobile Hotspots Now Available

Thanks to the generosity of the T-Mobile Corporation, the South Burlington Public Library is launching a pilot mobile hotspot lending program. This lending initiative extends Internet connectivity beyond the library walls. The South Burlington Library is dedicated to providing access to the digital world, to ensure that everyone in the community can take advantage of the resources and services available on the Internet.

A mobile hotspot is portable, which makes it quick and convenient to access the Internet anytime, anywhere the T-Mobile wireless network is available. This includes South Burlington.

Currently, the Library offers ten hotspots for patron use (limit one per family). There are no fees for the device or service. With a library card in good standing, borrowing one is easy. You can place one on hold online using your library account, or you can call 802-846-4140 or email to request one. You can also inquire in person at the Library’s Circulation Desk once the library is open.

The device is intended for a three-week loan period, with no renewals.

The City of South Burlington is Hiring!

Looking for a Full and or Part time job?  The City of South Burlington is looking to hire part-time, full-time and summer positions.  We are looking for great people to work here in the City. Our team is focused on keeping South Burlington one of the best places to live, work, and visit.

CLICK HERE for our most current openings.