Development Review Boards are quasi-judicial bodies created under Vermont Statute 24 VSA Chapter 117 § 4461, which outlines their scope of authority and administrative responsibilities. This board of citizen volunteers has the sole responsibility of reviewing and taking action on proposals for land development within the City. This responsibility includes: conducting Site Plan Review of proposed developments, the issuance of Subdivision Permits, Zoning Permits, Zoning Variances, and Certificates of Appropriateness, and hearing appeals of decisions of the City's Zoning Administrator. Appeals of decisions made by the Development Review Board are heard by the Vermont Environmental Court and the Vermont Supreme Court.
The Burlington Development Review Board is comprised of seven Burlington residents appointed by the City Council. Two alternates from the Planning Commission are also appointed in the event a member is otherwise unable to hear a case before the Board. The Board meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month: Schedule for current year.