Zero Emission Vehicle

Vehicles which do not produce tailpipe and evaporative emissions, where emission-control systems cannot fail, and do not cause emissions from gasoline purchase or its refinement. Of the vehicles which fall in this classification are; Bicycles, Electric vehicles, Compressed-air vehicles, Fuel-cell vehicles, Solar & Hydrogen-powered vehicles, and other human or animal-powered vehicles.


Local government laws controlling the use and development of land within a jurisdiction. More throughly, zoning is the Police Power regulations that govern the use and development of land, buildings, and structures. Zoning regulations are different than other types of regulations because zoning regulations may vary in different areas of the community (called Zoning Districts). In Vermont, a municipality establishes zoning by enacting a Bylaw that may permit, prohibit, restrict, regulate, and determine land development, including (1) specific uses of land, water courses and other bodies of water, (2) dimensions, location, erection, construction, repair, maintenance, alternation, razing, removal and = use of structures, (3) areas and dimensions of land and bodies of water to be occupied by uses and structures, as well as areas, courts, yards and other open spaces and distances to be left unoccupied by uses and structures, and (4) the timing or sequence of growth, density of population, and intensity of use. See 24 VSA 4411 to 4414.

Zoning Administrator

Local administrator in charge of enforcing municipal zoning regulations. The ZA also is responsible for providing information to the public, reviewing plans and documentation for compliance, and assisting applicants with their requests for variances.

Zoning Board of Adjustment

A municipal-level, quasi-judicial body responsible for issuing Zoning Variances, Conditional Use Permits, and hearing appeals. The ZBA interprets the intent of law and sets local land use policy.

Zoning Map (Official Zoning Map)

The map officially adopted as part of a Zoning Bylaw that identifies Zoning District boundaries.