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ATVs Ordinance Adoption

On January 9, 2024, the Selectboard of the Town of Washington, Vermont, adopted a civil ordinance
regulating all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). This notice is published pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §1972 to inform the
public of this ordinance and of the citizens’ right to petition for a vote to disapprove this ordinance.
This ordinance is a compilation of various existing Vermont Statutes with the following changes:
 Revised the purpose statement in the ordinance (Section 2).
 Added definitions of VASA and TAD (Section 3).
 Clarified town highways open to ATV use (Section 4).
 Added other statutory requirements for operating ATVs on town highways (Section 4).
 Changed the hours of operation to from 6am to 10pm to 7:00am to 9:30pm (Section 6.)
 Added additional fines for violations and amounts for waiver fees (Section 8.)
 Adds a scheduled review of the ordinance at two-year intervals (Section 9).
 Deleted permission needed by residents along public roadways for selectboard to open a new
town highway to ATV use.
The full text of the Ordinance may be examined during regular office hours at the Town Hall at 2895 VT
Route 110 Washington, VT and is available upon request by contacting the Washington Town Clerk at
802-883-2218 or, and on the Washington VT Town Clerk’s Office
Facebook page. It is also posted in the following locations in the Town of Washington:

  1. Washington Town Hall
  2. Calef Memorial Library
  3. Washington Village Store
  4. Washington Post Office
  5. Washington SnowFlyers Clubhouse at Carpenter Park
    Title 24 V.S.A. §1973 grants citizens the right to petition for a vote at a special or annual Town Meeting
    to disapprove the ordinance adopted by the Selectboard. To exercise this right, citizens must present to
    the Selectboard, or to the Town Clerk, a petition for a vote on the question of disapproving the
    ordinance signed by not less than five percent (5%) of the Town’s qualified voters. The petition must be
    presented within forty-four (44) days following the date of the adoption of the ordinance. Unless a
    petition requesting a vote is filed pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §1973, the Ordinance Regulating All-Terrain
    Vehicles (ATVs) shall become effective sixty (60) days from the date of said adoption.
    Additional information pertaining to this ordinance may be obtained by contacting selectboard member
    Sheila Duranleau at (802) 883-2218, or, or by USPS at Sheila Duranleau,
    Washington, VT 05675.