Act 250


An Act 250 permit is required for certain kinds of development and subdivision activity within Vermont. TCE can help navigate this complex permit.

Act 250 Permitting Services

TCE provides all kinds of permitting services, for Act 250 and beyond. Our staff are especially well versed in all the complexities of the Act 250 permitting process and are ready to help developers and landowners navigate its intricacies. We specialize in guiding businesses and individuals through the Act 250 permitting process by ensuring compliance with environmental regulations while facilitating successful project development.

What is Act 250?

Act 250, formally known as the Vermont Land Use and Development Act, is a landmark piece of legislation enacted in 1970. Its primary goal is to regulate and manage the development of Vermont’s natural resources while balancing economic growth. The Act establishes a permitting process for certain developments, ensuring that they adhere to environmental, social, and aesthetic standards.

Why Act 250 Permitting Matters

  • Environmental Stewardship: Act 250 plays a crucial role in safeguarding Vermont’s pristine environment. It requires developers to consider the impact of their projects on natural resources, including water, air, and wildlife habitats.
  • Community Impact: Act 250 promotes responsible development that respects the character and culture of Vermont’s communities. It encourages projects that enhance, rather than disrupt, the unique qualities of the state’s towns and landscapes.
  • Economic Balance: By assessing the economic benefits and drawbacks of proposed developments, Act 250 aims to strike a balance between economic growth and environmental preservation, ensuring a sustainable future for Vermont.

Why Choose TCE for Your ACT 250 Permit Needs

  • Expertise: Our team of seasoned professionals possesses extensive knowledge of Vermont’s regulatory landscape. We stay abreast of the latest changes to Act 250 requirements, ensuring your project remains compliant throughout the permitting process.
  • Proven Track Record: With years of successful projects under our belt, we have a proven track record of guiding clients through the Act 250 permitting process efficiently and effectively.
  • Customized Solutions: We understand that each project is unique. Our consultants work closely with you to develop tailored solutions that address the specific challenges and opportunities associated with your development.
  • Efficiency & Timeliness: Time is of the essence in the world of development. We pride ourselves on our ability to navigate the Act 250 permitting process with efficiency, minimizing delays and keeping your project on track.
  • Comprehensive Services: Beyond Act 250 permitting, TCE offers a wide range of services, including environmental impact assessments, site planning, regulatory compliance, and more to help you with all your development needs.

The State of Vermont website has lots of helpful information about Act 250 itself as well as the 10 criteria that go into evaluating a permit. Since it covers so many bases, this permit often naturally arises as an item on the scope of work that goes into our typical projects. There are wetlands, stormwater, and ecology aspects, as well as transportation, impacts to schools & municipal services, agricultural land impacts, and historic preservation.

The first step is determining if you truly need an Act 250 permit, and TCE is always happy to help you get your project off to the right start. Contact us at 802-879-6331 or use the contact form on this page to discuss how we can make Act 250 permitting a seamless part of your development strategy.

Lucy Thayer - Vermont ACT 250 DRB

Just a few clients we've obtained Act 250 permits for

A& C Realty
A Marcelino and Company
Advance Stores & Co.
Aquatic Development Group
B&M Realty/Milne Travel
Black River Design

CCS Development Corp.
Champlain Oil Company
City of South Burlington
Costco Wholesale
Dale Percy Inc.
Ferrisburg Realty Investors

Contact Trudell Consulting Engineers today about your next project.

Our team looks forward to solving the challenges that projects often face in Vermont.

Clients We Work With

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