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FEE DESCRIPTION CITATION TOTAL CHARGES MUNICIPALITY AND/OR CLERK RETAINS1
Act 250 Disclosure Statement

10 V.S.A. § 6007(a);
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6)

$15.00/page All2
Alcoholic Beverages    
First Class License 7 V.S.A. § 204(a)(4), (b)(2);
7 V.S.A. § 206
$230.00 $110.00/$5.00 
Second Class License 7 V.S.A. § 204(a)(5), (b)(2);
7 V.S.A. § 206
$140.00 $65.00/$5.00
 Attachment Lien of Real Property    
 Discharge 12 V.S.A. § 3293(d) $4.00 All
 Recording 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6) $15.00/page All2
 Big Game, Report 10 App. V.S.A. § 2(b) $1.00 (paid by commissioner) All
 Birth Certificate    
Certified Copy 18 V.S.A. § 5017;
32 V.S.A. § 1712(5)
$10.00 All
Search for Certified Copy 32 V.S.A. § 1715(a) $3.00 (credited toward fee for first certified copy) All 
Non-certified Copy 18 V.S.A. § 4999(4);
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(7)
at actual cost3 All
Burial Certificate 32 V.S.A. § 1714 $5.00 All 
To entomb or move body 32 V.S.A. § 1714 $1.00  All
Voter Checklist 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(7) at actual cost3, 4 All
Death Certificate    
Certified copy 18 V.S.A. § 5017;
32 V.S.A. § 1712(5)
$10.00 All
Search for certified copy 32 V.S.A. § 1715(a) $3.00 (credited toward fee for first certified copy) All
Non-certified copy 18 V.S.A. § 4999(4);
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(7)
at actual cost3 All
Dog and Wolf-Hybrid License    See VLCT Dog and Wolf-Hybrid License webpage and poster
Examination of Town Records    
By clerk 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(3) $5.00/hour, $25/day maximum All
By others 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(4) $4.00/hour All
Grand List, Copy 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(7) at actual cost3 All
Green Mountain Passport 31 V.S.A. § 1002(b) $2.00 All
Hunting/Fishing/Big Game/Combination License 10 V.S.A. § 4254(e)(9) see 10 V.S.A. § 4255 All ($1.50 per regular license and $5.00 per super sport license)
Hunting License, Lost License Certificate 10 V.S.A. § 4261(a) $5.00 All
Lien, Municipal Personal Property Tax, Recording Lien or Discharge of Lien 32 V.S.A. § 5078 $12.00 (paid by town) 5, 6 $6.00 to clerk, $6.00 to tax collector
Recording of Judgment Lien, Assignment, or Discharge 24 V.S.A. § 1158;
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6)
$15.00/page7 All2
Lumber    
Lien, Recording 9 V.S.A. § 2014 $5.00 All
Certified Registration, Recording 9 V.S.A. § 2013 $6.00 All
Civil Marriage/Civil Union License    
Certified copy 18 V.S.A. § 5017;
32 V.S.A. §§ 1712(5)
$10.00 All
Search for certified copy 32 V.S.A. § 1715(a) $3.00 (credited toward fee for first certified copy) All
Non-certified copy 18 V.S.A. § 4999(4);
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(7)
at actual cost3 All
Issuing and Recording 32 V.S.A. § 1712(1) $60.00 $10.00
Military Honorable Discharges or Certificates of Service, Recording 24 V.S.A. § 1175 $0.50 (paid by town)5 All
Minutes of Meetings 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(7) at actual cost3 All
Mobile Home Uniform Bill of Sale, Recording/Filing

9 V.S.A. § 2602(b);
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6)

$15.00/page All2
Mortgage    
Assignment of Mortgage, Recording 24 V.S.A. § 1158;
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6)
$15.00/page All2
Complaint to Foreclose, Recording 12 V.S.A. § 4932 (b);
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(2)
$15.00/page All2
Discharge of Mortgage, Recording 24 V.S.A. § 1158;
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6)
$15.00/page7 All2
Trust Mortgage Deed, Recording 24 V.S.A. § 1155;
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(1)
$15.00/page All2
Chattel Mortgage, Conditional Vendor’s Lien, Recording or Discharge 24 V.S.A. § 1156;
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6)
$15.00/page All2
Motor Vehicle, Snowmobile or Motorboat Registration Renewal 23 V.S.A. § 6 see Title 23, Chapter 7, Subchapter 2 $3.00
Printed, Stamped, or Typed Name, failure to include on instrument to be recorded 32 V.S.A. § 1405 $2.00 All
Name Change (regarding real estate), Recording of Certificate

27 V.S.A. § 350
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6)

$15.00/page All2
Nonjudicial Foreclosure, Notice of Sale, and Recording of Sale 12 V.S.A. § 4964;
12 V.S.A. § 4967;
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6)
$15.00/page All2
Posted Land, Recording 10 V.S.A. § 5201(c) $5.00 All
Property Transfer Tax Return, Recording or Filing 32 V.S.A. § 9606(a);
32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6)
$15.00 All2
Public Document/Record, Certified copy 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6) $10.00/page All
Recording/Filing any Public Record 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(6) $15.00/page All2
Survey Plats, Recording    
11×17 inch, 18×24 inch, 24×36 inch 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(8) $25.00/sheet All
Tobacco License, or Renewal 7 V.S.A. § 1002(d)(1)(B) $110.00 None
Tobacco Substitute Endorsement, or Renewal 7 V.S.A. § 1002(d)(1)(C) $50.00 None
Uniform Commercial Code    
Filing and indexing a record under Article 9 other than an initial financing statement 9A V.S.A. § 9-525(a) $35.008 All
Filing and indexing an initial financing statement 9A V.S.A. § 9-525(b) $6.00 per page All
Responding to information request or issuing certificate showing statement on file 9A V.S.A. § 9-525(c) $25.00 All
Uncertified Copies of Recorded and Filed Documents 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(7) $1.00/page
($2.00 minimum)
All
Veterans, Copy of records for VA benefits determination 14 V.S.A. § 3116 no charge  
Waterfowl Stamp 10 V.S.A. § 4277(d) $7.50 $1.00

1.   If clerk receives salary in lieu of fees, town retains entire amount. 32 V.S.A. § 1401.

2.   Not less than $4.00 per page from the per-page recording fees established under 32 V.S.A. § 1671 shall be placed into the town’s Restoration and Preservation Reserve Fund. A town may allocate less than $4.00 per page from recording fees if the town clerk certifies that the town has sufficient dedicated reserve funds for the restoration, preservation, digitization, storage, and conservation of town records. A copy of such certification must be submitted to the House Committee on Government Operations on or before the third Monday of each year. 32 V.S.A. § 1671(c).

3.   “Actual cost” means the fees established by the Secretary of State’s Uniform Schedule of Public Record Charges, unless the town has adopted its own schedule of fees, as set forth by 1 V.S.A. § 316(e). The Uniform Fee Schedule sets costs as follows: for photocopies, $.05 per single-sided page and $.09 per double-sided page for pages up to 8.5 by 14 inches; for computer-generated paper copies, $.02 per page for pages up to 8.5 by 14 inches; for color photocopies, $1 per single-sided page.

4.   Upon request, one copy of checklist must be provided free of charge to the chair of each political party in town. 17 V.S.A. § 2141(c)(1).

5.   If clerk receives salary in lieu of fees, there is no payment by the town and no funds are retained by the clerk.

6.   If the municipal personal property lien is performed by the delinquent tax collector who receives salary in lieu of fees, there is no payment by the town and no funds retained by the delinquent tax collector.

7.   The fee to record a mortgage or lien discharge applies only when filed as a separate instrument for recording. Alternatively, a mortgage or lien may be discharged by entry on the margin of the mortgage or lien document itself pursuant to 27 V.S.A. § 461 or 24 V.S.A. § 1158, in which case there is no charge for recording.

8.   This fee is not applicable to a record of a mortgage which is effective as a financing statement filed as a fixture filing or as a financing statement covering as-extracted collateral or timber to be cut under 9A V.S.A. § 9-502(c). However, the recording and satisfaction fees that otherwise would be applicable to the record of the mortgage apply. 9A V.S.A. § 9-525(d).

  • A schedule of all fees shall be posted in the town clerk’s office. 32 V.S.A. § 1671(b).
  • Municipal clerks may require fees for all filing, recording, and copying to be paid in advance. 32 V.S.A. § 1671(a)(5).
  • Under 32 V.S.A. § 1751, when no other provision is made, an officer or person whose duty it is to record documents shall be allowed:

(A) the sum of $.60 a folio thereof with a minimum fee of $1.00;
(B) the sum of $2.00 for each official certificate;
(C) for the authentication of documents, $2.00; and
(D) for other services such sum as is in proportion to the fees established by law.

These fees are subject to review by the General Assembly, so clerks should check current statutes to determine if the fees have been changed. You may also contact the Vermont League of Cities and Towns Municipal Assistance Center (MAC) at 800-649-7915 or info@vlct.org.