FAQ is an acronym meaning frequently asked questions.
- Installation of new fire protection systems.
- Whenever a public building changes uses.(Example 1: a business office becomes a mercantile.) (Example 2: a single family, owner occupied home becomes a rental.)
- Whenever a place of assembly, which holds more than 50 people, changes ownership or increases the occupant load.
- For the erection of a temporary structure for public use such as a tent over 1200 square feet, grandstands, or bleachers.
- To conduct a hazardous process such as flammable liquid spraying, explosives storage and manufacturing, and flammable liquid storage.
You should contact the Fire Prevention Division for a complete list of situations that require a permit. A fire prevention permit is usually needed even if you have received a Town Zoning Permit.
Most buildings that the public has the occasion to enter except for owner-occupied single-family dwellings, registered home day cares, and working farms.
Fire Prevention Division
Hartford Fire Department
812 VA Cutoff Rd.
White River Jct. VT 05001
Construction Permit Application
The process is underway. The Town has engaged Vision Governmental Solutions to provide on the ground and in the neighborhood contacts with Town property owners.
We will also be sending out a phone message a week or two before they are in your area thru the Vermont Alert (VT-Alert) system. You can also call the office anytime to check 802-295-3077.
You can enroll by going to https://www.vtalert.gov/enroll and fill in the required information. For more information see the FAQ for Vermont Alert.
The VGS staff person will not be assessing your furniture, decorative elements, appliances or personal items that are not built-in, or any other removable elements.
We strongly encourages all residents to allow an interior inspection. It is vital in having accurate records to determine your assessment. However, if you deny access and later want to appeal the valuation, an interior inspection is required at that time and your appeal will not be considered without it.
If you choose not to admit the VGS representative, the VGS representative will appraise your home from a street view. There may still be an increase or decrease in the value of your property. Refusing entry does not mean that a new assessment will not occur.
The VGS representatives will have two identification badges, one from the Town and one from VGS. All have been employed by VGS for more than 15 years. All of the representatives, with one exception, were on the staff who prepared the Town’s reappraisal in 2007.
If you are concerned about someone in your neighborhood, you are encouraged to call the Hartford Police Department or the Town of Hartford Assessor’s Office to verify that the person at your door legitimately represents VGS. Also ask to see BOTH forms of ID.
If you are concerned about being alone then we encourage you to invite a neighbor, a friend, or a family member to be with you during an interior inspection so that you might feel more secure.
More information about how to appeal and the time frame within which an appeal may be filed will be provided when the new appraised values are issued.
The Listers office at the Town of Hartford. The number is 802-295-3077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
NO. The assessed value is what is utilized to set your taxes. The tax rate is based on what is approved in March at the education and town meetings as the budgets. You need to VOTE!
There are several reasons stated in the law that outline what is an acceptable hardship in order qualify for property tax relief. (See VSA 24 § 1535. Abatement). You will need to contact the town clerk to apply
Parks and Recreation
- Any group, business, or organization wishing to have an event, function or group activity in the Town of Hartford Park system is welcome to submit a Park/Facility Use Application.
- Call us at (802) 295-5036 • Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download the Special Events Information Brochure by clicking here.
- Download the Park/Facility Use Application by clicking here.
- Complete a Park/Facility Use Application and return (by mail, fax, or email) to Hartford Parks & Recreation Department, 171 Bridge Street White River Junction, Vermont 05001
- Once your application is on file, we will evaluate your Park/Facility Use Application and email a permit along with instructions, including any additional documents and/or fees required for your reservation.
- Additional permits may be required depending on the size of your event and the impact on Town Park property.
- Depending on your rental, a Certificate of Insurance may be required.
Events that include (but are not limited to) alcohol, fireworks, open fires, street closures and a large number of participants, may require additional permits issued by the Town. We can work with you to determine if additional permits are required.
- The Park/Facility Use Permit allows the renter to use only a designated area of the parks grounds or facility.
- Rental Fees: Once your application is reviewed, we will be in contact with you regarding any fees associated with the park/facility rental. • Additional fees will apply for the use of electricity and water. If warranted, the charge for rental of additional portable toilets will be at the cost of the renter.
- Water and electricity charges will depend on the event and the amount of actual usage.
Visit us at the Parks & Recreation Office located at the Hartford Town Hall, 171 Bridge Street, White River Junction, VT, 1st Floor.
Planning & Development
Zoning/building permits are needed for business signs, some land improvements and any structure that is going to be erected and remain erected, regardless of the construction material (shed, gazebo, lean-to, pool) for single or two unit residential properties. See below regarding requirements for commercial and multi-unit properties.
Projects requiring public utilities must submit written determination from the Hartford Department of Public Works regarding impact fees.
The town is concerned about protection of the areas surrounding surface waters known as the riparian buffer. To do this, the town regulates what and how improvements may be done in these sensitive areas. If you are planning to place a structure or do any site work near surface waters, contact Matt Osborn at before you begin to determine if you need further review. Contact Matt Osborn.
In Commercial Zoning Districts, retaining walls over 42 inches high need a zoning permit and certification by a professional engineer on the design, structural stability, and construction.
In Residential and Rural Zoning Districts, a permit is needed when the distance between the wall and any boundary or easement line is less than twice the height of the wall.
If you are accessing a public road, you also need a driveway permit from the Hartford Department of Public Works.
You must begin the project within 6 months and complete it within 2 years from the effective date of the permit. You may request a 1 time 6-month extension for each deadline before these time periods expire. Contact the Department of Planning and Development Services at 802-295-3075 when the project has been initiated and completed, or for an extension. Or, you can email Dee Gish email@example.com.
You must submit to the zoning administrative officer a written description and site plan changes describing in detail the proposed change. If approved, you then will need to obtain a zoning/building permit. Contact Jo-Ann Ells at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Most projects require an inspection to ensure that it was constructed in accordance with the permit and have a certificate of occupancy issued. Contact the Department of Planning and Development Services at 802-295-3075 to schedule a site visit. You may also email Dee Gish at email@example.com
You can also choose the locations you want to be contacted about. You can receive notifications about emergencies that may affect your home, your parents' home, your workplace as long as those locations are within the boundaries of the State of Connecticut.
- Click here to register for this service.
The VTALERT ENS - Emergency Notification System utilizes the state's Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) database for location-based notifications to the public for life-threatening emergencies. The E9-1-1 database includes only traditional wireline telephone numbers in the state. If you want the system to be capable of sending you alerts to other communication devices that you use, then you must provide your contact information by logging in to the VTALERT Citizen Alert Sign-Up Web Page which is accessible by the link provided below.
It is the registrant's obligation to provide notification of any changes in registration data.
- This registration information may be disclosed to third parties for the sole purpose of the emergency notification system or as otherwise required by law.