Housing

Planning for Housing

Housing is a major necessity for all our citizens and should be carefully considered when development is planned for. The location, type, size and cost of housing are all important factors to consider when making a municipal or regional plan. Below are some resources to help consider housing within the greater planning context.

Municipal Planning Manual

This extensive guide can help those involved in town planning to create a complete, useful, municipal plan.

Funding and Incentives

Vermont Community Development Program

The Vermont Community Development Program (VCDP) assists communities on a competitive basis by providing financial and technical assistance to identify and address local needs in the areas of housing, economic development, public facilities and public services.

Housing Division Rules

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For easy reference, the key statutes, rules and regulations, and recent legislation that govern mobile homes and mobile home parks can be accessed below.  Rules for the charitable housing tax credit administered by DHCD are also provided.

Housing Division Rules

These Rules are effective July 1, 2016. 

Rules Cover (pdf)

Mobile Home Facts and Park Registry

Mobile home park photoWhat is a mobile home park?

Vermont law defines a mobile home park as any parcel of land which contains, or is laid out or adapted to accommodate more than two mobile homes. Contiguous parcels that contain a total of more than two mobile homes (or mobile home lots) are a mobile home park when they are owned or controlled by the same person. There are limited exceptions for seasonal parks and housing for farm employees.

Residents

Mobile home park photoVisit our homeowner resource page for information about financing and mobile home repair loans and services.

Notice: Revised Above Ground Storage Tank Rules that went into effect on August 15, 2017 may affect whether your fuel company can fill your heating fuel tank. See Heating Fuel Tanks below for more information.

Mobile Home Parks

Vermont's mobile home parks provide an important source of affordable housing for about seven thousand Vermont households. The Department enforces the State's mobile home park law which was adopted to protect the safety and rights of owners and residents, and administers rules concerning mobile home park leases, rent increases, sale or closure of mobile home parks, and habitability standards, and conducts an annual registration of Vermont mobile home parks. The Department serves as a resource on mobile and manufactured homes and park issues.

State Plans, Data and Rules

Three major planning activities are conducted by the State in connection with its receipt of federal funding for housing and community development activities.  These plans are developed with public input and further the State’s goals to provide decent, affordable housing, and build strong communities.

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