Equal Access to Voting in Vermont - It's the Law
This 16 page booklet is designed to educate voters and election
workers about the laws that guarantee equal access to voting in
Vermont. Except where indicated as applying to people with
disabilities and the elderly, all of the information is relevant
to all Vermonters.
Getting on the Ballot
The goal of this publication is to help clarify the law governing
social service agency requests for appropriations. For your
convenience we have included a copy of the relevant statutes.
Handbook on Property Tax Appeals
37 page pamphlet jointly published by Secretary of
Stateís office and the Division of Property Valuation and Review of
the Vermont Department of Taxes. This handbook seeks to improve the
quality of the tax appeal process by providing local officials and
landowners an in-depth guide to the statutes, case law and best
practices of conducting tax appeals. (2001)
Justice of the Peace Guide
reviews the role and functions of Vermontís Justices of the Peace, and
the laws that apply to them. (2004).
Law of Libraries
15 page pamphlet jointly published by the Secretary of
Stateís Office and the Vermont Department of Libraries, designed to explain
the basic laws that apply to the administration of Vermontís municipal and
incorporated libraries. (2000)
Matter of Public Record
A Guide to Vermont's Public Records Law
An introduction to the subject of public records. It is written for use by those who seek access to public records, and for the custodians of those records.(2001)
Municipal Guide to Land Use Regulation
This handbook is now out of date.
150 page handbook (available online only)
designed to help local officials navigate the complex laws and
procedures that govern local zoning and subdivision. It seeks to
provide an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to those who are
called upon to create, implement and enforce local land use
Guide to Open Meetings (PDF Format)
A document outlining the requirements
of Vermontís open meeting law. (Revised August 2006)
Public Recreation on Private Land: A Landowner's Guide
(VT Agency of Natural Resources Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation)
This booklet provides landowners and land users with information
about public recreation on private property in Vermont.
It covers rights of landowners, responsibilities of land
users, and issues of common concern. We hope this information
will help maintain the long Vermont tradition of public
recreation on private land.
Rules on School Governance
an easy to read handbook designed to help school board
members, school administrators and citizens understand the basic laws
that apply to Vermontís school districts. This is a joint publication
of the Secretary of Stateís office and the Vermont School Boards
Tune Up For Towns
This is a check list for Town Officials to help ensure that the town
is complying with the many state laws that apply to our local governments.
Who's Who in Local Government
This is a short list of Municipal Officials and their function as part of local government.
Administrators Handbook, Second Edition
This second edition re-write was a
collaborative effort on behalf of the DHCA, the Addison County Regional
Planning Commission, Secretary of State, Deb Markowitz, attorney Paul
Gillies and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission. This is a large
document and some users have had trouble downloading the handbook. Please
contact your regional planning commission if you would like a hard copy of
For a variety of
citizen's guides to government, information gathering, and decision
making published by the Vermont Institute for Government visit