List of Town Officials
Board of Civil Authority
Delinquent Tax Collector
Justice of the Peace
According to the VLCT, the selectboard has the responsibility for general supervision and control
of town highways; especially to
“supervise all expenditures” relating to town highways. The numerous
duties of the selectboard concerning highways are set forth in 19 V.S.A. § 304.
The legal definition of a highway includes “rights-of-way, bridges, drainage structures,
signs, guardrails, areas to accommodate utilities authorized by law to locate within
highway limits, areas used to mitigate the environmental impacts of highway
construction, vegetation, scenic enhancements and structures.”
Right of Way
The right-of-way of a specific highway is that which is recorded in the original survey
laying out the highway or deed(s) conveying the highway to the town. However, in many
instances, such records are either not available or do not specify the width of the right-of-way.
In such cases, “a roadway width of one and one half rods [24'9"; 1 rod = 16½ feet]
on each side of the center of the existing traveled way can be assumed and controlled for
highway purposes.” 19 V.S.A. §§ 32, 702. See Town of Ludlow v. Watson (1990), 153
Vt. 437, 571 A. 2d 67.
Class 2 Highways
A town must keep class 2 highways “in good and sufficient repair during all seasons of the year.”
19 V.S.A. § 310(a). VTrans has responsibility for marking class 2 highways with painted center lines;
the town is responsible for notifying VTrans when center lines have been obliterated by resurfacing.
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VLCT Highway Handbook
AOT "Orange Book" Handbook for Local Officials
- Driveway Permit
- Excess Weight Permit
- Cabot Highway Map
- Right-of-Way Ordinance
Class 3 Highways
A town must keep class 3 highways “in good and sufficient repair during all seasons of
the year.” In addition, “The minimum standards for class 3
highways are a highway negotiable under normal conditions all seasons of the year by a
standard manufactured pleasure car. This would include but not be limited to sufficient
surface and base, adequate drainage, and sufficient width capable to provide winter
Class 4 Highways
A class 4 highway may be “maintained to the extent required by the necessity of the
town, the public good and the convenience of the inhabitants of the town.” 19 V.S.A. § 310(b). Accordingly, the town is not required to regularly maintain a class 4 highway.
However, VLCT interprets state law to require towns to maintain culverts and bridges on
class 4 highways.
In addition, towns may be obligated to repair an out of repair or unsafe class four
highway if a petition to repair the road is filed by three citizens or taxpayers in the state in
accordance with 19 V.S.A. § 971.
A town shall “not be responsible for any maintenance including culverts and bridges” on
19 V.S.A. § 302(a)(5); a town “shall not be liable for construction,
maintenance, repair or safety of trails.”
19 V.S.A. § 310(c).
- VLCT Highway Handbook