Establishments that offer lodging to the traveling, transient public must apply for a Health Department lodging license. Applicants planning to operate a lodging establishment must submit the following at least 30 days prior to the anticipated opening date:
- A complete and legible Application for License to Operate a Food or Lodging Establishment
- A check or money order for license fees—fees are non-refundable
- Water test results, if applicable (see below)
- Wastewater permit or plan review sheet from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, if applicable
Once your application is processed, a public health inspector will contact you to discuss your plans and schedule an inspection. Review the Lodging Regulations before your inspection.
Please note that the lodging regulations will be changing effective 1/1/2018. You can review the new Licensed Lodging Establishment Rule, and additional outreach and FAQ materials will become available on this website in the coming months.
You are responsible for contacting additional state and local entities for compliance with applicable regulations or policies for your business. Always check with your town clerk’s office for local requirements.
- Register your business name with the Secretary of State.
- Apply for a business tax account and a license to collect and pay applicable taxes at the Department of Taxes.
- Contact the Department of Environmental Conservation, which issues wastewater permits for new construction or for increased lodging capacity
- Contact the Department of Public Safety Fire Safety and Electrical Program, which inspects public buildings for fire and safety hazards, and the Plumbing Program, which inspects plumbing for compliance with state rules
- Submit recent laboratory tests for coliform/E. coli and nitrates (establishments on private water systems only) from the Health Department Lab or other laboratory that is certified for drinking water analysis. Find a list of certified labs here.
A seasonally operated establishment open not more than 90 days per year and offering a camping program which includes providing food and/or lodging to vacationing youth or family groups must apply for a camp license. Licensed camps should follow both the lodging regulations and the food service regulations.