The environmental division is a statewide court that deals with environmental law. The environmental division hears appeals and enforcement actions that include:
- Appeals from municipal panels
- Appeals from Act 250 decisions
- Appeals from the Agency of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Board
- Municipal enforcement actions
- Agency of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Board enforcement actions
There are two environmental judges assigned to the environmental division. The division hears trials throughout the state. The division conducts most early hearings by telephone, unless the judge would like to have parties in court or there is evidence to present. If a courtroom hearing is necessary, it is held in the area where the case began so that litigants do not need to travel a great distance.
Vermont Superior Court
32 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 303
Burlington, VT 05401
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 AM–4:30 PM
Learn more about Environmental Appeals.
Browse environmental division decisions. If you cannot find the decision you are looking for, please contact the environmental division at 802-951-1740.
The environmental division often asks parties to attempt mediation to help reach an agreement that is acceptable to everyone.
The environmental division offers a free legal clinic in collaboration with the Vermont Bar Association Pro Bono/Low Bono Program. The lawyers who staff the clinic have knowledge and experience in environmental law and land use issues.
The Vermont Legislature sets most of the fees charged for services provided by the Judiciary. The Justices of the Supreme Court establish rules to govern the allowance of fees not specified by law. Motions or petitions filed by one party at one time shall be assessed one fee.
Asking to Waive Fees
See the Application to Waive Filing Fees and Service Costs web page for information and forms.
For People Representing Themselves
Appealing an Environmental Division Decision