Yes, cities and towns may designate certain public areas as no-camping locations. However, they cannot forbid people from camping on public land entirely.
On private property, you do not have a right to camp without permission, and the landowner may ask you to leave.
Some Vermont towns and cities have adopted policies or guidelines around camping on public lands, which are highlighted below, in alphabetical order.
As per a draft policy, City officials will generally not interfere with your emergency camping sites on public property so long as you are not in a prohibited area with posted signs.
However, if city officials find your site poses risks to health or safety, they may post notices warning you that you must move. They will generally wait at least 7 days from the notice until they clear the camp.
If Hartford officials find your site, they will generally work with you to try to ensure that your site follows health and safety rules.
If Hartford officials determine your site poses risks to health or safety or cannot be made safe, they should give you 48 hours to move unless urgent health or safety concerns require a shorter time. If shelter is available, they should tell you where to go. Learn more here.
Montpelier has a general policy of not interfering with emergency camping sites. However, if city officials determine that your site poses risks to health or safety, they will generally give you 24 hours to relocate. If you are not at your campsite when they come to give you notice, the city will post notices and expect you to move out within 3 days.
You are not allowed to camp on the State House grounds.
City officials will not make you move out of most campsites when area shelters are full. If your campsite is found to be either blocking access to a public place or poses a risk to health or safety, City officials may make you move immediately.
For any other notice to move, the notice will be posted at least 24 hours before you need to move. Before posting a notice, the City will identify a different location for your site.
If you are not present when officials come to ask you to move, City officials will remove your site, store your possessions, and post notices explaining where you can pick them up. Read more.