On-line Learning


The City of Burlington is hosting a series of webinar training sessions on its online permitting portal, BurlingtonSmart. Webinars are being recorded for viewing at a later time. You can also join us live as well!


Historic Preservation: Let's Talk: 1-Year Later (Wednesday, August 9, 2023 @ 6pm)

Learn about how the new standards have played out in the last year. 

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Historic Preservation: Let's Talk Downtown (Friday, May 19, 2023)

View this webinar to learn about the History of Downtown Burlington with a Historic Tour in celebration of National Historic Preservation Month.

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Historic Preservation: Let's Talk Standards (Wednesday, May 17, 2023)

View this webinar to learn about the new Local Historic Overlay Design Standards and how they apply (available for download here). 

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Historic Preservation: Let's Talk Processing (March 29, 2023)

View this webinar to learn about submitting for an historic district application.

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Burlington Smart Basics: Pre-Application Conference (PAC) and Technical Review Committee (TRC)

Learn how to submit a request for a Pre-Application Conference and a project for the Technical Review Committee  by watching this BurlingtonSmart Basics video:

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Burlington Smart Basics: Applying for a Building Permit

Learn how to submit a Building Permit through the Smartgov online permitting portal  by watching this  video: 

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Unified Development Ordinance: Overview of Zoning, Uses, and Standards

City staff provides an introductory overview of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and performs an interactive demonstration on how to find the zoning of a property and determine whether a use is permitted in the district. This workshop is targeted to members of the business community and general public who are interested in learning more about how to look up zoning inquiries, allowable land uses, and development standards (e.g., appraisers, realtors, and developers). 

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Unified Development Ordinance: Are We Getting it Right #1?

On April 21, 2022, City staff along with Mr. Chad Meadows, CodeWright Planners, provided an overview of the UDO and the several Text Amendments that have come forward since its date of effect, November 1, 2019. Mr. Meadows facilitated a discussion around the question of, “Are we getting it right?” so as to ascertain how the UDO is positively or negatively affecting development opportunity in Burlington.  

Click here to watch the April 21, 2022 meeting

Link to the Powerpoint Slides

Unified Development Ordinance: Are We Getting it Right #2?

The City of Burlington Planning Department along with Mr. Chad Meadows, CodeWright Planners, conducted a live workshop, with lunch, on Burlington's Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) in conjunction with Alamance Chamber of Commerce Partners for Progress Event on May 9, 2022.

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Click here to watch the May 9, 2022 meeting.

Link to the Powerpoint Slides