Welcome to Fair Haven

Under the southwestern “hook” of Vermont, where the Taconic Mountains give way to the historic Champlain Valley, lies the picturesque town of Fair Haven…the Slate Center of the Nation…and Vermont’s Western Gateway…. Chartered and first settled in 1779, Fair Haven first prospered as a mill town, with numerous works developed on the falls of the Castleton River by Col. Matthew Lyon.  In the mid-1800’s, the first slate quarries were opened, marking the beginning of an industry that has continued to thrive until the present day. Twenty-first century Fair Haven is a charming village, featuring a large central green just north of the downtown business district, surrounded by some of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the state.  The green is home to many events throughout the year, including Spring Fling, a summer concert series, and annual AppleFest.  The business district features many quaint shops and eateries, within walking distance of most of the community.  The townspeople are friendly…the schools and public services are first rate…and the opportunities here are limited only by one’s creativity and imagination. On your next visit to Vermont, stop by Fair Haven…and spend the day…or a lifetime…

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Town Meeting, Presidential Primary, and Water Bond Information:

Frozen Water Line Reminder

As the owner of a property accessing water services provided by the Town of Fair Haven, it is your responsibility to make sure that all plumbing on your side of the curb stop is well maintained, including prevention of freezing.

Remember to check your pipes regularly, especially pipes that are not in heated areas or are in cabinets on cold, outside walls.  It may be helpful to add extra insulation or apply heat tape to any areas that could be a problem.  Note: it’s best to check with your plumber for the best solution(s) to minimize water line freezing.

Running water to prevent a freeze, actually, is not permitted by Town Ordinance.  The only time it may be permitted is as a last resort and ONLY with written permission from the Chief Water Operator, the DPW Superintendent, the Town Manager, or by act of the Board of Water Commissioners.   

If a freeze should occur, the owner is responsible for all fees as described below:

1. If a service line is frozen only on the customer’s side of the shut-off (curb stop), the Town will pay 1/2 the cost of thawing the pipe once.  The customer shall be responsible for 1/2 the cost of thawing the pipe and 1/2 the cost of the labor and equipment provided by the Town on the first occurrence only.

If additional freezes should occur, the customer will be responsible to cover all of the costs associated with the thawing/repair of the freeze.

If written permission is given to a customer to run their water to prevent a repeat freeze that was originally on the customer’s side of the shut-off, no credit for water used for this purpose will be given.

2. If a service line is frozen only on the Town’s side of the shut-off (curb stop), the customer shall pay 1/2 the cost of thawing the service line and 1/2 the cost of labor and equipment provided by the Town for the repair.

If written permission is given to a customer to run their water to prevent a repeat freeze that was originally on the Town’s side of the shut-off, credit for water used for this purpose will be given.

3. If a service line is frozen on both sides of the shut-off (curb stop), the customer shall pay 1/2 the cost of thawing the service line and 1/2 the cost of labor and equipment provided by the Town for the repair.

If written permission is given to a customer to run their water to prevent a repeat freeze that was originally on the customer’s side and the Town’s side of the shut-off, credit for 1/2 of the water used for this purpose will be given.

If you have questions, please contact the Town Office at 265-3010, x1.  The above information and other information pertaining to water service can be found on this site in the Water Ordinance.

  • Public Service Announcement

    Many Vermont Veterans, or Veterans in the surrounding tri-state area, do not know that the Vermont Home for Veterans exists or of the programs and care that they provide for service men and women, their spouses and families. For more information, visit the sites below.

    http://vvh.vermont.gov
    https://www.facebook.com/vtvetshome

  • 2016 Transfer Station permits are available at the Town Office and are $5.00 each per vehicle. The 2015 permits will expire December 31, 2015.
    The Transfer Station is available for use by residents, property owners, tenants, businesses, corporations, and institutions located in Fair Haven and West Haven. If you do not own property in Fair Haven, please be prepared to provide proof of residency either with a utility bill addressed to you or a picture ID. This ensures that only eligible individuals receive permits.
    If you have questions, please contact the Town Office at 265-3010, x 1.
  • PUBLIC NOTICE
    Per Vermont State Statutes (23 VSA Sections 1752-53) and the Fair Haven Traffic Ordinance (Article VIII, Section 1), any vehicle found parked on any town highway, between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., from November 15 to April 15, inclusive, will be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.  Your cooperation in assisting the Public Works Department with snow removal operations by observing these parking restrictions is greatly appreciated.  Also, residents are reminded that it is a violation of State Law (19 VSA Section 1111) to plow snow onto or across a public highway, in such a manner that snow is left in the roadway.  Violators may be subject to a fine, imprisonment, and/or damages.  Also, please remove any roadside items (basketball hoops, etc.) from the edges of Town highways before the snow flies. If you have any questions concerning these winter regulations, please contact the Town Office at 265-3010.  Thank you. Herb Durfee, Town Manager
  • Notice of Public Hearing-Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
  • Notice of Public Hearing-Traffic Ordinance
  • September Household Hazardous Waste Notice 2015
  • Have you noticed……………the Town now has two electric car charging stations which are located on the eastern side of the park.  Thank you to our Selectboard and GMP for providing this service.
  • Free Paint Recycling Centers
  • SADIE LARAMIE’S QUILT SQUARE AT VLCT: SadieLaramieQuiltSquareOnDisplay

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