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Snow Loads

Before you build, know the snow in your area

Use this information as a guide in constructing a building that will hold up for many years in our rugged climate.

Find your town's expected snow loads on this Vermont snow load map or in the listing below. Your building's roof load rating should well exceed your town's expected loads; we recommend a safety margin of at least 10 lbs/sq. ft, and more if local conditions warrant.

Ensure your builder and rafter manufacturer are aware of this information and supply properly rated roof trusses. If a building is properly designed and constructed for your location, concerns about collapse should be rare.

Addison County

40 lbs/sq ft: Addison, Bridport, Ferrisburgh, New Haven, Orwell, Panton, Shoreham, Vergennes, Waltham, Weybridge

50 lbs/sq ft: Bristol, Cornwall, Leicester, Middlebury, Monkton, Salisbury, Starksboro, Whiting

60 lbs/sq ft: Goshen, Granville, Hancock, Lincoln, Ripton

Bennington County

40 lbs/sq ft: Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury

50 lbs/sq ft: Arlington, Dorset, Manchester, Rupert, Sandgate, Sunderland

70 lbs/sq ft: Glastenbury, Landgrove, Peru, Readsboro, Searsburg, Stamford, Winhall, Woodford

Caledonia County

50 lbs/sq ft: Barnet, Ryegate, Waterford

60 lbs/sq ft: Burke, Concord, Danville, Groton, Hardwick, Kirby, Lyndon, Newark, Peacham, Sheffield, St. Johnsbury, Stannard, Sutton, Walden, Wheelock

Chittenden County

40 lbs/sq ft: Burlington, Charlotte, Colchester, Essex, Milton, Shelburne, South Burlington, Williston, Winooski

50 lbs/sq ft: Hinesburg, Jericho, Richmond, St. George, Westford

60 lbs/sq ft: Bolton, Buel's Gore, Huntington, Underhill

Essex County

60 lbs/sq ft: all towns -- Averill, Avery's Gore, Bloomfield, Brighton, Brunswick, Canaan, Concord, East Haven, Ferdinand, Granby, Guildhall, Lemington, Lewis, Lunenburg, Maidstone, Norton, Victory, Warner's Grant, Warren's Gore

Franklin County

40 lbs/sq ft: Georgia, Highgate, St. Albans City, St. Albans Town, Swanton

50 lbs/sq ft: Bakersfield, Berkshire, Enosburg, Fairfax, Fairfield, Fletcher, Franklin, Montgomery, Richford, Sheldon

Grand Isle County

40 lbs/sq ft: all towns -- Alburg, Grand Isle, Isle la Motte, North Hero, South Hero

Lamoille County

60 lbs/sq ft: Belvidere, Cambridge, Eden, Elmore, Hyde Park, Johnson, Waterville, Wolcott

70 lbs/sq ft: Morristown, Stowe

Orange County

50 lbs/sq ft: Bradford, Braintree, Brookfield, Chelsea, Fairlee, Newbury, Orange, Randolph, Strafford, Thetford, Tunbridge, Washington, West Fairlee, Williamstown

60 lbs/sq ft: Corinth, Topsham, Vershire

Orleans County

50 lbs/sq ft: Albany, Brownington, Charleston, Coventry, Derby, Holland, Irasburg, Morgan, Newport, Newport City, Troy

60 lbs/sq ft: Barton, Craftsbury, Glover, Greensboro, Jay, Lowell, Westfield, Westmore

Rutland County

40 lbs/sq ft: Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, Proctor, West Haven, West Rutland

50 lbs/sq ft: Brandon, Clarendon, Danby, Hubbardton, Ira, Middletown Springs, Pawlet, Pittsford, Poultney, Rutland City, Rutland Town, Sudbury, Tinmouth, Wallingford, Wells

60 lbs/sq ft: Mt. Holly, Pittsfield

70 lbs/sq ft: Chittenden, Killington, Mendon, Mt. Tabor, Shrewsbury

Washington County

50 lbs/sq ft: Barre, Barre City, East Montpelier, Marshfield, Middlesex, Montpelier, Plainfield

60 lbs/sq ft: Berlin, Cabot, Calais, Duxbury, Moretown, Northfield, Roxbury, Waterbury, Woodbury, Worcester

70 lbs/sq ft: Fayston, Waitsfield, Warren

Windham County

50 lbs/sq ft: Athens, Brattleboro, Brookline, Dummerston, Grafton, Guilford, Putney, Rockingham, Townshend, Vernon, Westminster

60 lbs/sq ft: Halifax, Newfane, Marlboro, Whitingham, Wilmington, Windham

70 lbs/sq ft: Dover, Jamica, Londonderry, Somerset, Stratton, Wardsboro

Windsor County

50 lbs/sq ft: Chester, Hartford, Hartland, Norwich, Royalton, Sharon, Springfield, Weathersfield, West Windsor, Windsor

60 lbs/sq ft: Andover, Baltimore, Barnard, Bethel, Bridgewater, Cavendish, Ludlow, Pomfret, Reading, Rochester, Stockbridge, Woodstock

70 lbs/sq ft: Plymouth, Weston

This information is of a general nature and should be used as such, as average and extreme conditions can vary widely even within townships.

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