Yesterday’s conversation ended with water, sewer, and power all on your building lot. That makes it a fully improved building lot. Today let’s finish the process so that actual construction can begin.
There are two big pieces yet to be finished: FIRST
- Septic Permit, these come from the State and we’ve already talked about this.
- Building Permits –Your Building Permit will be issued by your municipality. Throughout the state towns and cities will approach the topic of Building Permits very differently.
- A few cities have very extensive and convoluted processes to get a permit; these include places like Burlington, Montpelier, Rutland, Williston, South Burlington, and so on. Some are confusing and some are a very difficult process.
- The majority of Vermont’s towns are less restrictive and have a less complicated Permit process.
- There really is not one easy answer about Building Permits; each town is unique. SUGGESTION – go talk with the Town Clerk or The Zoning Administrator. Both of these town officials are typically located in their respective Town Hall. We have found over a lot of years the vast majority of Clerks and Administrators are wonderful people ready and willing to help you. Good luck!
- Success, you have a permit! Now it get’s posted on your property and NOW it is time to decide what goes where?
The second pig piece is deciding where things are located. SECOND
Take your time and carefully decide exactly where the house is going to be situated. Many times, this can be complicated. Look at your Plat Plan (map) of your property. Obviously, you can’t put the house where the septic is nor can you go where the well is. Here are a couple things to consider:
- Orientation of the house. Do you want your windows to face south? Is there a beautiful Vermont view that you want to look at? How about Solar Panels on the roof? Are there low lying areas that might be wet? Has you building permit restricted your house location? How about set-backs from your property lines?.
- Distance from the road. The further you go back from the road the greater your building costs. Remember the length of the driveway and the length of moving power from the pole to your house; the further these things go the more costly they are.
- Proximity to your neighbors. When you select a specific spot consider how close or how far away your neighbors will be. If there is nothing there now; that doesn’t mean future construction won’t happen. Think ahead.
Throughout this entire process the more thorough you plan the happier you will be!
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