Vermont apartment fires and inspection​s examined by VPR this week

Preventing the devastating effects of apartment fires on Vermont renters is the subject of  a week-long series on Vermont Public Radio this week.

The series, Burned Out: Vermont’s Apartment Fires, includes an interview with Vermont Rental Codes website co-creator Jessica Radbord, a lawyer with Vermont Legal Aid.

Vermont Architects weigh in on vertical access requirement

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Vermont Chapter is urging the Vermont Department of Public Safety to reconsider a requirement for vertical access in public spaces.

According to Tom Bachman, the chapter’s president, the requirement in spaces as little as 1,000 square feet is far stricter than the national level requirement and will likely reap unintended, negative consequences for Vermont.
Read the AIA May 2013 letter.

Vermont landlord certificates due to tenants

Every year landlords are required to provide each of their tenants with a completed Landlord Certificate (LC-142) by January 31 if they have 2 or more residential units or upon request if they have only 1 residential unit, according to recent guidance from the VT Department of Taxes.

Read the March 15, 2013 letter from the VT Dept. of Taxes or download the landlord certificate.



Rental registry proposed in Springfield, Vermont

A new registry listing all Springfield apartment buildings was proposed Monday night, according to the March 26, 2013 Barre Montpelier Time Argus.

One of the driving factors behind the registry is fire safety. The article describes the challenges that face fire fighters who arrive at a building and do not know how many households might be inside.

Read more on the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition’s web site.

Updates to Vermont Plumbing Rules proposed

The Vermont Department of Public Safety has proposed a series of updates to the Vermont Plumbing rules.

The anticipated deadline for public comment is May 21, 2013. Comments may be submitted directly to Robert Patterson (

Read the proposed rules with changes annotated or without annotations.

Fire safety workshops for architects, contractors, and inspectors

The Vermont Division of Fire Safety will hold workshops at four Vermont locations during the month of October, designed for architechts, contractors, and building inspectors. The workshops will cover the changes and updates of the 2012 Vermont Fire and Building Safety Code as well as changes to the ADA and Vermont Access Rules.

All workshops will be held from 9 am – 12:30.

October 10 – Williston Fire Department
October 17 – DFS Berlin Central Office
October 23 – Vermont Fire Academy, Pittsford
October 24 – Holiday Inn Express, Springfield

Read more at the Vermont Department of Public Safety website.

Comments on proposed VT fire and building safety codes due Oct. 1

Vermont’s Division of Fire Safety has issued the proposed 2012 Vermont Fire and Building Safety Code.

The deadline for comments is 10/1/12.





Vermont Residential Building Energy Standard revised

The Vermont Residential Building Energy Standard (RBES) affects all new homes (and additions more than 500 square feet) built after July 1, 1998.

The RBES has just been revised as of July 1, 2011. Revisions will take effect October 1, 2011 and “shall apply to construction commenced on and after the date they become effective.”

RBES applies to all new residential construction, including additions, alterations, renovations, and repairs.

Read more about the RBES.

Web site under development

The Vermont Rental Codes Web site is currently under development.