Burlington City Hall

Burlington City Hall

Burlington City Hall is a colonial revival-style edifice located on Church Street, adjacent to the City Hall Park, in Burlington, Vermont. Its Contois Auditorium stages cultural events, lectures, movie festivals, poetry, and music concerts.The Ethan Allen Firehouse and Art Deco Flynn Theatre are located near the city hall, as are Waterfront Park and Battery Park.


A Brief 500-Year History

The City of Burlington, New Jersey is the first and original township in Burlington County, predating the &ldquooriginal constablrys&rdquo by 11 years.

Native Americans of the Mantas (or Leaping Frog) tribe of the Lenni Lenape knew Burlington Island as Matinicunk and the mainland as Techichohocki, or "oldest planted land."

Early 1600s &mdash There is some archaeological evidence supporting the local presence of a significant Swedish settlement by the early 1600s. Belgian Walloons fleeing persecution built the first recorded European settlement in New Jersey, ca. 1624, establishing an Island trading post to barter with the indigenous people. The Dutch then came upon the Island, exploiting its rich and varied wildlife. Their fort faced downriver, the better to defend both forks of the Delaware River from invasion. New Jersey&rsquos first record of an African presence notes slaves of a Dutch colonial official. The first murder in recorded state history took place on the Island in the 1670s, when two Indians murdered two Dutchmen. As the Dutch withdrew from New World holdings, Swedes and Finns occupied the Island, until it was seized by the English in 1664. Fleeing oppression in England, the Quakers settled in Burlington over 325 years ago.

March 3, 1677 &mdash Proprietors authorized the formation of the town in a seminal constitutional document which set forth principles and ideals of freedom and democracy found 100 years later in the United States Constitution. Among these innovations were civil and religious liberty, separate executive and legislative power, an elected Assembly, freedom of speech, and no deprivation without due process of law. In their own stirring words, the Proprietors sought to:

&ldquo. lay a foundation for after ages to understand their liberty as men and Christians, that they may not be brought into bondage but by their own consent, for we put the power in the people.&rdquo


Historic Preservation Commission

These links are provided for the public convenience. The websites thus linked are not the property of the City of Burlington, which cannot be held responsible for the content, policies or information therein. Inclusion in this list does not intend or imply an endorsement from, or an association with, the City, its employees or agents.

Technical Preservation Services for Historic Buildings By the National Park Service. Focuses on practical insights for ". Work on a Historic Building" including "Using the Standards and Guidelines. ", "Planning. " and "Beginning. "
The National Trust for Historic Preservation Founded in 1949, The Trust provides leadership, education and advocacy to help save America&rsquos diverse historic places and revitalize communities.
National Building Museum Museum in Wash. DC offers notes, topical news, lectures, exhibits, etc.
Athenaeum Library and museum founded 1814 focuses on the history of American architecture and building technology. Architectural Archives, library, exhibits, etc. in Philadelphia. Widely used by architects, designers and owners of historic properties.
Great Buildings Dot Com Architectural types and styles in online encyclopedia of more than 750 buildings worldwide and across history with photos, text, and live 3D models. See especially the sections under American Architecture Timeline, including 1700s, 1800s, and by decades, 1900s.
Old House Journal Magazine, articles, exhibitions and conferences, chat, and a great resource, theNational Park Service Technical Preservation Services for Historic Buildings &ndash Writers working under contract with the federal government have assembled more than 40 booklets designed to help owners and developers of historic buildings recognize and resolve common preservation and repair problems. They've collected and published the whole set online.
HABS Drawings Historic Architecture and Buildings Survey drawings undertaken in the 1930s by the WPA. Excellent reference source of downloadable drawings (renderings, plans, elevations, photos) of period American buildings.
The New Jersey Historic Trust advances the preservation of the state's historic properties through financial, educational and stewardship programs.
The New Jersey Historic Preservation Office Of the Div. of Parks and Forestry, Dept. of Environmental Protection, an excellent reference for preserving historic resources in this state.
NJ State DEP Historic Preservation Office State of New Jersey Certified Local Governments community links page
This Old House Formerly on PBS, This Old House TV programs, magazines, books and reference for know-how. Norm!
08016 Hobby site by former resident bears concise textual profiles of historical properties and people of City of Burlington.
Tour Burlington The official City of Burlington tourism site. Depicts 330 year-old City&rsquos historical aspects including New Jersey's oldest fire company, pharmacy, library and more. Notes, photos of 44 old homes and sites, maps, legends, calendar.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

ON THIS PAGE:
Introduction
Who Are the Commissioners
What Does the Commission Do
Apply for Certificate of Appropriateness
Research Assistance
Do It By the Book
Ask the Experts for Assistance

REFERENCE DOCUMENTS:

PUBLIC MEETINGS SCHEDULE:

Historic Preservation Commission
1st Wed. each month starting 7:00pm
City Hall, 525 High Street, Burlington NJ 08016

To be considered for agenda, submit a complete Application at least two (2) weeks in advance of the scheduled meeting date, to:

Cindy Crivaro, Board Secretary
City Hall, 525 High Street
Burlington, NJ 08016.

MATERIALS AVAILABLE:

Procedural Guidelines &ndash Application, Procedure, Forms, Ordinance, etc. on paper

Applications Forms &ndash Certificate of Appropriateness (download and print Application, Instructions in Acrobat® PDF format)

U.S. Dept. of the Interior Technical information publications &ndash see Get the Facts

Who Are the Commissioners

Name
OFFICERS

Chairperson, Class C Member

Vice Chair, Class C Member

City Hall 525 High Street
Burlington NJ 08016
609-386-0200 ext. 101
FAX: 386-0214
[email protected]

PRESERVATION CONSULTANT

John D. S. Hatch, AIA, LEED AP

John D. S. Hatch, AIA, LEED AP /Clarke Caton Hintz
100 Barrack St., Trenton, NJ 08608
609-883-8383 / Direct: 609-477-7304
FAX: 609-883-4044
Email: [email protected]

What Does the Commission Do

The Historic Preservation Commission is primarily charged with safeguarding the important architecture and historic heritage of the City. The Planning & Zoning Board relies on Commission advice on these matters.

City residents may benefit from historic preservation through:

  • improving property values
  • beautification
  • encouraging private reinvestment
  • leveraging educational resources
  • promoting tourism and commercial opportunities

The benefits are achieved by preserving elements of cultural, political, social, economic and especially architectural history which fall within specially-designated individual sites, areas and the Historic District. See Map of Historic District for an indication of whether your property lies within its authority.

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EXTERIORS of historic sites, structures and sections of the City are protected from demolition, permanent damage and ill-advised alterations. Before commencing work, seek advice from the City of Burlington Construction Official or the Historic Commission Secretary. If necessary, residents or property owners will be directed to seek Commission approval in the form of a review of proposed exterior work, and issuance of a &ldquoCertificate of Appropriateness.&rdquo

Applying for a Certificate of Appropriateness

Your application for a Certificate of Appropriateness will be reviewed by the Burlington City Historic Preservation Commission. You must provide sufficient information for us to properly review your Application.

Please complete the Application. Also, please submit any plans required by the City Construction Official showing conformance with the code, along with your application for a Certificate of Appropriateness.

Picture It

Much of the criteria for review is based on visual appearance. A current facade (front) photograph of your building is required with your application. The Commission also needs to receive photographs of the specific building portion the application will address. If you have historic photos they would also be helpful. In addition, brochures and other printed material showing intended types of doors, windows and fencing are important in the evaluation process. These items are generally available from suppliers and manufacturers of these products. Samples of proposed siding and roof material are also needed. Finally, color charts indicating planned colors or color schemes are necessary. The Historic Preservation Commission may be able to assist you in the area of historical design and color planning, see Technical Assistance below.

Submit Your Application

Your Application and all related materials must be submitted to Ms. Burns by the appropriate deadline date, that is, at least two (2) weeks before the scheduled meetings. Interested persons will be scheduled accordingly after the submission of the Applications / proposals. If the deadline is not met, your Application will be heard at the following monthly meeting.

Attend the Meeting

You are normally required to attend the meeting to present your proposal. You may also send a representative such as a contractor or attorney with written authorization. Meetings are generally held:

1st Wed. each month
starting 7:00pm
City Hall 525 High St. Burlington NJ 08016

Historic Preservation Commission Research Assistance
Get the Facts

Technical information publications from the Office of Cultural Resources, National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior come in the form of three series:

Preservation Briefs*
Preservation Tech Notes
Cultural Resource Management

These resources cover technical topics regarding preservation, restoration, adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, etc. They are available, free of charge, from the Commission, or N.J. State Historic Preservation Office. Or, see the sources below.

* Old House Journal magazine (http://www.oldhousejournal.com/index.shtml )
offers, as a great FREE resource, the National Park Service Technical Preservation Services for Historic Buildings Preservation Briefs, at:
( http://www.oldhousejournal.com/notebook/npsbriefs/index.shtml )
Writers working under contract with the federal government assembled more than 40 booklets to help owners and developers of historic buildings recognize and resolve common preservation and repair problems. OHJ collected and published the whole set online.

* Paper copies of these Briefs, with original pictures, can be ordered from the U. S. Government Printing Office. To order, use this page from the GPO&rsquos Web site. Search the Sales Product Catalog for &ldquoPreservation Briefs.&rdquo ( http://bookstore.gpo.gov/ )

Do It By the Book

The Historic Preservation Commission has established a shelf of Reference literature and materials, to aid citizens interested in historic architecture, period designs, colors and schemes, preservation and techniques. These sources are available with the assistance of the:

Library Company of Burlington
23 West Union Street
Burlington NJ 08016
TEL: 609-386-1273

Historic Restoration and Preservation resources at the Library include:

City of Burlington Historic District Zoning and Historic Preservation Commission Ordinance - defines boundaries of the City Historic District and describes classifications of buildings within, as key, contributing and non-contributing. Provides specific criteria for review of applications from each class.

City of Burlington Historic Designation Survey - contains certain information about each property within the bounds of the Historic District: date of construction, presence on N.J. and National Historic Registers, and building classification (key, contributing and non-contributing).

Design Standards for Historic Landscape Restoration - 1977 project of Rutgers University and the City of Burlington describes 11 different architectural styles present in the City in terms of landscape and garden features and design, with appropriate plants listed for each. The document also contains an indexed record of the architectural style and street address of each Historic District property.

The Secretary of the Interior&rsquos Standards for Rehabilitation - are ten basic principles to use in preserving the distinct character of a historic building and site, allowing for reasonable changes to accommodate changing needs.

The Secretary of the Interior&rsquos Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties - defines treatment approaches: Presevation, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction. Includes standards for each approach and guidelines for selecting your method.

National Park Service Technical Preservation Briefs - As the stewards of many National Monuments, the Park Service experts have assembled a series of 42 topical booklets to guide the preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic buildings. Topics include masonry, mortar, roofing, wood windows, architectural cast iron, landscapes, lead paint abatement and more.

Preservation Services Directories - Publicatons from Preservation NJ and old House Journal contain listings and information on products and services of interest to owners of historic properties.

Brochures and color charts from the providers to many National Park Service properties, Finnaren & Haley. Contains color and combinations deemed appropriate to the Philadelphia area for period architectural styles.

Miscellaneous spec sheets and &ldquowhite papers&rdquo detailing available windows, shutters, doors, wood doors, wood restoration systems, chimney liners, lead paint abatement and encasement products, roofing, flooring, coatings and sealant products.

Need More Help? Ask the Experts

The City of Burlington Historic Preservation Commission may assist property owners in our Historic Districts regarding the exterior rehabilitation or restoration of their properties. Such assistance may be of value, especially in the areas of:

  • Aesthetic appearance
  • Architectural period and design
  • Choosing historically-appropriate:
  • Materials
  • Colors and combinations
  • Construction Methods, etc.
  • Alteration and replacement of:
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Shutters
  • Fencing
  • Porches
  • Siding
  • Trim & Moulding, etc.
How to Request Technical Assistance

Access to Technical Assistance is offered through appointment, only.
Please call 609-386-0200, Extension 101, and ask Cindy Crivaro (or email [email protected]) for information on how to obtain such assistance from the Commission&rsquos Consultant.

Meeting Minutes
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City Hall 525 High St. Burlington NJ 08016 &bull 609-386-0200 &bull © 2013


Burlington’s Office of Racial Equity hosts city’s first Juneteenth celebration Saturday

Vermont Business Magazine On Saturday, June 19, 2021, the City of Burlington’s Office of Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (REIB) hosts the City’s first-ever Juneteenth celebration in multiple locations around Burlington.

Featuring music, performances, traveling exhibitions, discussion panels, educational and networking opportunities, food, and more, the day-long festival focuses on celebrating Black liberation in the United States while looking ahead to the significant improvements to society that are yet to be fulfilled. All food and events are free, though tickets are required for the Gospel Brunch.

Juneteenth is the oldest celebrated African American holiday, commemorating June 19, 1865, when the last remaining slaves in Texas were informed by Union soldiers that they had been emancipated and freed from slavery following the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation, on January 1, 1863. The next year, in 1866, freed slaves celebrated “Jubilee Day,” which we now recognize as the first ever Juneteenth celebration.

Texas became the first state to officially recognize Juneteenth as a holiday in 1979, and since then a growing number of cities and states have organized their own annual Juneteenth celebrations to celebrate, as well as honor, the history, culture, and struggle of African Americans in the United States.

“By recognizing Juneteenth as holiday, it opens the door to meaningful discussions about this country’s history, what it’s like to be Black, and how slavery, its emancipation, and following civil rights legislation came to be,” says Tyeastia Green, the director of REIB.

Burlington’s inaugural Juneteenth event kicks off at 10 am with a Gospel Brunch in City Hall Park on the Burlington City Arts patio, featuring the Lake Champlain Mass Choir and Band and southern brunch food by Great Northern Chef Frank Pace. Those without tickets are invited to enjoy the choir from the lawn. Tickets are available at juneteenthtbv.org.

“We realize that being Black is not a monolith, and that we collectively and individually have unique experiences, but also want to emphasize an overarching Black experience,” Green says. “I cannot think of a better way to do that than to begin the Juneteenth Celebration with a Gospel Brunch. Whether you’re religious or not, the Gospel Brunch will be an amazing event.”

In addition to City Hall Park, performances throughout the day will take place at Flynn Elementary School, Champlain School, and Roosevelt Park.

The lineup of Juneteenth performers includes: JoeMac William Forchion DJ Melo Grant Judi Emanuel M. Power Theater Jenni Johnson KeruBo Jeh Kelu Dance and Drum Theater Ferene Paris Meyer Double Dutch A2VT DJ Dakota Mikahely Rajnii Eddins Rivan C Dwight & Nicole Christal Brown Omega Jade Sabouyouma Sinnn Noble Julz and DJ Luis Calderin. Bios, set times and locations, and more information can be found at juneteenthbtv.org.

Educational programs throughout the day include Discover African-America Farming in Vermont, outside the Echo Center at 10 am. This experience celebrates African-American heritage and the history of Black farming in Vermont through seed planting and art-making. Families will plant heritage seeds and assemble beautifully illustrated plant IDs that they can then take home and display in commemoration of Juneteenth and Black history.

At the Fletcher Free Library, from 1-4 pm, the Library will host a Farm to Table Commons, featuring informational booths, advocacy groups, restaurants and catering businesses, and opportunities to network and educate.

At 2 pm, at the Flynn School, the Black History 101 Museum presents unique collection are rare artifacts representing categories including but not limited to slavery, politics, Jim Crow, science, religion, education, music, sports, and civil rights. Some of the highlights of the collection are documents signed by Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Mary Mcleod Bethune, W.E.B. Dubois, Paul Robeson, Rosa Parks, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington Carver, Lena Horne, Carter G. Woodson, Angela Davis, and many other historical icons.

A panel discussion on Building an Equitable Food System in Vermont happens at 2 pm, on the Fletcher Free Library lawn. Lynn Ellen Schimoler, of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, will facilitate the discussion on the state’s economic, environmental, and societal health in regards to our food system.

The True Black History Museum sets up in Roosevelt Park at 3 pm. This extraordinary collection of rare and authentic artifacts dates from the late 1700s to the 21st century. The collection was established to preserve the history of Black people and to educate others of the many great contributions that Black people have made to society.

At 4 pm in Roosevelt Park, REIB’s Belan Antensaye facilitates a discussion called Contextualizing Juneteenth. Four of Vermont’s Black leaders look back at 156 years since Emancipation, discuss the modern Black American experience, and look forward to what full liberation ultimately means. Panelists include Xusana Davis, Zoraya Hightower, Tabitha Moore, and Kiah Morris.

Ahead of this panel, at 3:30 pm in Roosevelt Park, the top three winners from the Juneteenth Youth Poetry and Speech Contest will read their poems. The contest was open to youths from grades six to 12, and the winners will receive $1,000, $500, and $250, respectively.

Free food will be served throughout the day, featuring offerings from: Jamaican Supreme food truck Kismayo Kitchen Chile Colorado Jamaican Jewlz Catering Mulu’s Kitchen A Single Pebble food truck People’s Kitchen Hangry Donut Harmony’s Kitchen King Street Center Lemonade Cart Taste of Abyssinia and Healthy Kingdom.


Contents

The school was the 276th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. [7] The school had been ranked 197th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 268th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. [8] The magazine ranked the school 267th in 2008 out of 316 schools. [9] The school was ranked 252nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. [10] Schooldigger.com ranked the school as tied for 331st out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 9 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). [11]

Burlington City High offers students over 100 courses in academic, fine and performing arts, technical and vocational areas. Ten Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses are offered.

The Burlington City High School Blue Devils [3] compete in the Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL) a sports association comprised of public and private high schools in Burlington, Camden, Mercer and Ocean counties in Central Jersey, operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). [12] With 353 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 75 to 476 students in that grade range. [13] The football team competes in the Patriot Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference [14] [15] and was classified by the NJSIAA as Group I South for football for 2018–2020. [16]

The team colors are royal blue and white. Interscholastic sports offered by the school include baseball, basketball (men and women), field hockey, soccer (men and women), softball, tennis (men and women), track and field spring (men and women), track and field winter (men and women) and wrestling. [3]

The boys basketball team won the Group II state championship in 1966 (defeating runner-up Roselle Park High School in the tournament final), won the Group I title in 2002 (vs. Cresskill High School) and was declared the South I Regional champion in 2020 after the finals were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. [17] The 1966 team finished the season with a record of 24-0, overcoming 40 points by Roselle Park's top scorer to win the Group II state championship game by a score of 64-54 in front of a crowd of more than 8,000 at Convention Hall in Atlantic City. [18]

The football team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional championship in 1979. [19]

The softball team finished the 1998 season with a 18-2 record after winning the Group I championship by defeating Cedar Grove High School by a score of 15-5 in the final of the playoffs. [20] [21]

The school's principal is James Flynn. His administration team includes two assistant principals. [22]


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The council of West Jersey Proprietors purchased roughly 30 miles (48 km) of riverfront land in 1676 from the Lenape Native Americans. Burlington was founded on part of that land by English settlers (primarily Quakers) in 1677. It served as the capital of the province until 1702, when West Jersey and East Jersey were combined into a single Crown Colony. [23]

Burlington takes its name (including the county name) from the English east-coast town of Bridlington, of which Burlington was a district. It is now amalgamated into the larger Bridlington town. [24] [25] [26]

The Quakers formally established their congregation in 1678. Initially, they met in private homes between 1683 and 1687, Francis Collings constructed a hexagonal meeting house of brick. Over the next century, the membership grew substantially and a larger building was needed. The present meeting house on High Street was built in 1783 in front of the old meeting house and cemetery. The cemetery predated the first building. A tablet commemorates that the Lenape chief King Ockanickon, a loyal friend of the English settlers, was buried here in 1681. The oldest gravestone is inscribed "D.B. 1726." Many notable Quakers are buried here. [27]

One of the oldest buildings in Burlington is known as the Revell House. Originally built in 1685 for George Hutchinson, it stood on East Pearl Street. The property was purchased by Thomas Revell, one of the original Anglo-European settlers. Local tradition associates this house with the young Benjamin Franklin, who received gingerbread from the household while traveling from Boston to Philadelphia. [28]

In the early 20th century, the house was purchased by the Annis Stockton Chapter of the DAR for use as their clubhouse. The Colonial Burlington Foundation acquired and restored it in the 1950s. [27]

18th century Edit

Many institutions established in the 18th century continue to function in the 21st century. After the Quakers, the second oldest religious congregation in Burlington were the Anglicans (later known as Episcopalians). Their original church, Old St. Mary's, is the oldest church in Burlington and New Jersey. The congregation was founded in 1702 by George Keith and John Talbot. Talbot became the first minister and laid the cornerstone for the church in 1703. He served as the church's rector until 1725. The congregation prospered, and the church became the see of the Anglican bishops of New Jersey.

After the Revolution, the Episcopal Church in the United States was established. In 1846, under the leadership of Bishop and Rector George Washington Doane, construction was begun on New St. Mary's. This early Gothic Revival architecture church was designed by Richard Upjohn, who also designed Trinity Church at the foot of Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. [29] In the late 20th century, this building was designated as a National Historic Landmark (NHL).

Bishop Doane founded an Episcopal girls' boarding school, St. Mary's, in Burlington in 1838, at a time when interest in girls' education led to development of schools for them in many areas. Girls from families up and down the East Coast came to study there, from as far as New England, Virginia, and upstate New York. St. Mary's provided a classical education, as well as classes in arts and music.

The Library Company of Burlington was organized in 1757 as a "free" library open to the public as well as members. There were 60 members of the original Library Company, each paying ten shillings per year to support the institution. The Library received a Charter from King George II of Great Britain in 1758. The Library's books were kept in members' homes for a few years: Thomas Rodman's at 446 South High Street and, after 1767, Robert Smith's at 218 High Street. In 1789 the Library moved to its own building. [27] In the early 21st century, the Library is housed in a stone building that was built on West Union Street in 1864. The Burlington Library is the oldest continuously operating library in New Jersey and the nation's seventh oldest. [30]

The Endeavor Fire Company was organized in 1795. It was one of the four companies in the Burlington Fire Department when it was organized almost a century later. Endeavor was the first permanent firefighting organization in Burlington and remains one of the oldest fire companies under its original name in the state. [31] By 1882, the company had relocated to its present building, which was erected in 1852 as a Market House.

Burlington has been the home of many notable people including John Lawrence, a politician and his son, Captain James Lawrence. The elder Lawrence served in the State Assembly, as Mayor of Burlington, New Jersey in 1769, and as a member of the Provincial Council from 1771 to 1775. He was suspected of being loyal to the British during the Revolution, which ended his career. His son was born on October 1, 1781, and became a legend during the War of 1812 with the command "Don't Give Up the Ship." [32] Lawyer and writer, James Fenimore Cooper, who wrote The Last of the Mohicans, was also from Burlington. His father was a merchant there before buying land and developing Cooperstown, New York after the Revolution. [33]

19th century Edit

As education for girls and young women became emphasized in the 19th century, Bishop George Washington Doane founded St. Mary's Hall in 1837 in association with the Episcopal diocese as the first Episcopal boarding school offering a classical education for girls and the first such school in New Jersey. [34] In the 20th century, a boys' school was added. It is now known as Doane Academy and is a private, co-educational school for grades from Pre-K through 12th.

The building at 301 High Street houses the oldest continuously operating pharmacy in New Jersey. Originally a dwelling, the ground floor was converted to commercial use around 1845 by William Allinson, a druggist, local historian, and leading Quaker abolitionist. He used the building as a center of anti-slavery activity. [35] John Greenleaf Whittier denounced slavery from the doorstep, and local tradition holds that fugitive slaves hid in tunnels under the building in their passage on the Underground Railroad. New Jersey ended slavery, but many fugitives wanted to go further north, beyond the reach of slave catchers. [27]

During the 19th century, Burlington City was known for the quality and quantity of its manufacturing. The shoe industry rivaled shipbuilding and canning in prominence. [27] The 1850 United States Census indicates that the largest number of men were employed in the shoe industry, followed closely by carpentry and bricklaying. J. Frank Budd got his start in the shoe business at a Burlington shoe company just after the Civil War. In 1887, J.F. Budd broke ground for a children's "shoeworks" at the corner of Penn and Dilwyn streets. The company employed approximately 325 people and operated six days a week for ten hours a day. The J.F. Budd Baby Shoe Company billed itself as the "largest baby shoe plant in the world." [31]

The commercial activity provided revenues for the City's cultural activity. In 1839, a Lyceum was erected as a venue for lectures, concerts, and public meetings. It served in that capacity until 1851, when it was turned over to the city to be used as the City Hall. The municipal offices' move was concurrent with the adoption of a new City charter. [31]

The Oneida Boat Club was organized in 1873 by a group of 10 members. It is named for one of the original Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, based in New York. Over the next few years, membership in the club grew rapidly. In 1876, they dedicated their newly built clubhouse on the banks of the Delaware River at York Street. The Oneida is the oldest continuously operating boat club located on the Delaware River. [27]

During the 19th century, the City of Burlington developed in a grid pattern from the main crossroads of High and Broad streets. Blocks of attached rowhouses built in the latest architectural style characterize the city as a 19th-century town. Ferries carried traffic across the Delaware River to Pennsylvania before bridges were built.

20th century Edit

Burlington's waterfront park along the river was developed as a result of urban renewal and flood control projects in the late 1960s and 1970s. The shoreline improvements—revetments, walkways, etc.—span the city's Delaware riverfront from the Burlington-Bristol Bridge to Assiscunk Creek.

The remains of former waterfront industries, ferry terminals, and docks were demolished. Development of an open, grassy park with a tree-lined waterfront esplanade has reconnected city residents to the riverfront for recreation. This also ensures that business properties are not at risk during floods and reduces damages. [27]

In this period, the United States federal and state governments began to value their historic assets more highly, and efforts were made to preserve structures that were significant to the layered history of places. In addition to recognition of individual structures, such as the National Historic Landmark St. Mary's Church, the city has two historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with multiple contributing buildings: the Burlington Historic District includes structures from both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is adjacent to the city's High Street Historic District. [36]

The Oneida Clubhouse narrowly escaped demolition during the urban renewal campaign. It was saved and renovated. As the new esplanade was built on fill that added land between the building and river's edge, it created a landlocked clubhouse for the boat club.

Burlington Coat Factory was founded in 1924 as a wholesaler of ladies' coats and outerwear. The modern company was formed in 1972 when Monroe Milstein purchased a warehouse in the outskirts of the city of Burlington. He started selling coats and outerwear there at discount prices. The company gradually added other apparel, including suits, shoes, and accessories, and has branched out to include baby items and linens, all at discount prices. The company's corporate headquarters was moved from the city to Burlington Township in 1988. The Burlington Coat Factory relocated to a new store site in the fall of 2008. [37]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 3.78 square miles (9.79 km 2 ), including 3.06 square miles (7.93 km 2 ) of land and 0.72 square miles (1.87 km 2 ) of water (19.05%). [1] [2]

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the city include Burlington Island and East Burlington. [38]

The Burlington-Bristol Bridge crosses the Delaware River, connecting Burlington to Bristol. [42]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18504,536
18605,174 14.1%
18705,817 12.4%
18806,090 4.7%
18907,264 19.3%
19007,392 1.8%
19108,336 12.8%
19209,049 8.6%
193010,844 19.8%
194010,905 0.6%
195012,051 10.5%
196012,687 5.3%
197012,010 −5.3%
198010,246 −14.7%
19909,835 −4.0%
20009,736 −1.0%
20109,920 1.9%
2019 (est.)9,858 [12] [43] [44] −0.6%
Population sources:
1850–2000 [45] 1850–1920 [46]
1850–1890 [47] 1850–1870 [48]
1850 [49] 1870 [50] 1880–1890 [51]
1890–1910 [52] 1850–1930 [53]
1930–1990 [54] 2000 [55] [56] 2010 [9] [10] [11]

2010 Census Edit

The 2010 United States census counted 9,920 people, 3,858 households, and 2,438 families in the city. The population density was 3,239.1 per square mile (1,250.6/km 2 ). There were 4,223 housing units at an average density of 1,378.9 per square mile (532.4/km 2 ). The racial makeup was 58.92% (5,845) White, 32.98% (3,272) Black or African American, 0.18% (18) Native American, 2.03% (201) Asian, 0.04% (4) Pacific Islander, 2.29% (227) from other races, and 3.56% (353) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.50% (645) of the population. [9]

Of the 3,858 households, 27.3% had children under the age of 18 37.6% were married couples living together 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present and 36.8% were non-families. Of all households, 30.8% were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.18. [9]

23.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 26.4 % from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.9 years. For every 100 females, the population had 87.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 83.8 males. [9]

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $48,317 (with a margin of error of +/− $3,334) and the median family income was $62,049 (+/− $6,446). Males had a median income of $43,146 (+/− $7,469) versus $40,929 (+/− $3,562) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,612 (+/− $1,541). About 10.6% of families and 11.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over. [57]

2000 Census Edit

As of the 2000 United States Census [17] there were 9,736 people, 3,898 households, and 2,522 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,245.1 people per square mile (1,253.0/km 2 ). There were 4,181 housing units at an average density of 1,393.6 per square mile (538.1/km 2 ). The racial makeup of the city was 68.18% White, 26.62% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 2.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.41% of the population. [55] [56]

There were 3,898 households, out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.6% were married couples living together, 17.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.09. [55] [56]

In the city the population was spread out, with 23.9% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males. [55] [56]

The median income for a household in the city was $43,115, and the median income for a family was $47,969. Males had a median income of $38,012 versus $28,022 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,208. About 5.4% of families and 8.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over. [55] [56]

Local government Edit

The City of Burlington is governed within the Faulkner Act (formally known as the Optional Municipal Charter Law) under the Mayor-Council form of municipal government (Plan 4), implemented based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission as of January 1, 1992. [58] The city is one of 42 municipalities (of the 565) statewide that use this form of government. [59] The governing body is comprised of the Mayor and the seven-member Common Council, all elected on a partisan basis in balloting held in odd-numbered years as part of the November general election. [7] The Mayor serves a four-year term of office. The Common Council is comprised of seven members, each serving four-year terms of office: three at-large Councilmembers are elected to represent the entire city, while four are elected from single-member districts, known as wards. [60] The three at-large and mayoral seats are up for election in one cycle, and the ward seats are elected two years later. [61]

As of 2020 [update] , the Mayor of Burlington City is Democrat Barry W. Conaway, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. [3] Members of the City Council are Council President Ila Marie Lollar (Ward 4 D, 2021), Vice President David Babula (At-Large D, 2023), George Chachis (Ward 1 D, 2021), Helen F. Hatala (Ward 3 D, 2021), Denise Hollingsworth (At-Large D, 2023), Thomas J. Swan (Ward 2 R, 2021) and Suzanne E. Woodard (At-Large D, 2023). [62] [63] [64] [65]

In January 2016, the City Council appointed George Chachis to fill the Ward 1 seat expiring in 2017 that had been held by Barry Conaway until he was appointed as mayor. [66]

Federal, state and county representation Edit

Burlington City is located in New Jersey's 3rd congressional district. [67] It is part of New Jersey's 7th state legislative district. [10] [68] [69]

Prior to the 2010 Census, Burlington City had been part of the 4th Congressional District . Based on the 2010 census and population changes, the New Jersey Redistricting Commission changed the boundaries, to take effect in January 2013. [70]

Burlington County is governed by a board of chosen freeholders, whose five members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year at an annual reorganization meeting, the board selects a director and deputy director from among its members. [77] As of 2018 [update] , Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders are Director Kate Gibbs (R, Lumberton Township, term as freeholder and as director ends December 31, 2018), [78] Deputy Director Linda Hughes (R, Evesham Township, term as freeholder and as deputy director ends 2018) [79] Tom Pullion (D, Edgewater Park, 2020), [80] Balvir Singh (D, Burlington Township, 2020), [81] and Latham Tiver (R, Southampton Township, 2019). [82] [77] [83] [84] Burlington County's Constitutional Officers are County Clerk Tim Tyler (R, Fieldsboro, 2018), [85] [86] Sheriff Jean E. Stanfield (R, Westampton, 2019) [87] [88] and Surrogate Mary Ann O'Brien (R, Medford, 2021). [89] [90] [84]

Politics Edit

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 5,765 registered voters in Burlington City, of which 2,813 (48.8% vs. 33.3% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 795 (13.8% vs. 23.9%) were registered as Republicans and 2,150 (37.3% vs. 42.8%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 7 voters registered to other parties. [91] Among the city's 2010 Census population, 58.1% (vs. 61.7% in Burlington County) were registered to vote, including 76.4% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.3% countywide). [91] [92]

In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,138 votes here (72.0% vs. 58.1% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 1,146 votes (26.3% vs. 40.2%) and other candidates with 35 votes (0.8% vs. 1.0%), among the 4,356 ballots cast by the city's 6,097 registered voters, for a turnout of 71.4% (vs. 74.5% in Burlington County). [93] [94] In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 3,285 votes here (69.9% vs. 58.4% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,308 votes (27.8% vs. 39.9%) and other candidates with 55 votes (1.2% vs. 1.0%), among the 4,697 ballots cast by the city's 6,117 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.8% (vs. 80.0% in Burlington County). [95] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 2,819 votes here (64.2% vs. 52.9% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 1,486 votes (33.8% vs. 46.0%) and other candidates with 37 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 4,390 ballots cast by the city's 5,832 registered voters, for a turnout of 75.3% (vs. 78.8% in the whole county). [96]

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 1,422 votes here (50.9% vs. 61.4% countywide), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 1,284 votes (46.0% vs. 35.8%) and other candidates with 30 votes (1.1% vs. 1.2%), among the 2,793 ballots cast by the city's 6,115 registered voters, yielding a 45.7% turnout (vs. 44.5% in the county). [97] [98] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 1,622 ballots cast (59.6% vs. 44.5% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 881 votes (32.4% vs. 47.7%), Independent Chris Daggett with 129 votes (4.7% vs. 4.8%) and other candidates with 48 votes (1.8% vs. 1.2%), among the 2,723 ballots cast by the city's 6,010 registered voters, yielding a 45.3% turnout (vs. 44.9% in the county). [99]

The City of Burlington Public School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. [100] The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts statewide, [101] which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. [102] [103]

As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of four schools, had an enrollment of 1,659 students and 166.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.0:1. [104] The schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics [105] ) are Captain James Lawrence Elementary School [106] with 256 students in grades PreK-2, Samuel Smith Elementary School [107] with 295 students in grades PreK-2, Wilbur Watts Intermediate School [108] with 411 students in grades 3-6 and Burlington City High School [109] with 643 students in grades 7-12. [110] In 2018, the district closed Elias Boudinot Elementary School, which had served grades K-2, citing declining enrollment, the opportunities to reduce costs and the potential to raise funds by selling the site. [111] The district's high school serves as a receiving school for students in grade nine through twelve from Edgewater Park Township, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Edgewater Park School District. [112] [113]

Students from Burlington City, and from all of Burlington County, are eligible to attend the Burlington County Institute of Technology, a countywide public school district that serves the vocational and technical education needs of students at the high school and post-secondary level at its campuses in Medford and Westampton Township. [114]

Doane Academy, a co-educational, Episcopal college-preparatory school, was founded as St. Mary's Hall, a boarding school for girls, by George Washington Doane in 1837. The name was shortened from St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy in March 2008. [115] All Saints Catholic Grade School (Pre-K though 8th grade) closed in June 2006 with several other Catholic schools in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton due to low enrollment, after 75 years of operation, based on recommendations issued in 2005 to help improve diocese finances. [116]

Roads and highways Edit

As of May 2010 [update] , the city had a total of 42.76 miles (68.82 km) of roadways, of which 35.71 miles (57.47 km) were maintained by the municipality, 4.36 miles (7.02 km) by Burlington County, 2.30 miles (3.70 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and 0.39 miles (0.63 km) by the Burlington County Bridge Commission. [117]

Burlington is served directly by U.S. Route 130 and New Jersey Route 413. [118] Interstate 95, Interstate 295 and the New Jersey Turnpike all pass fairly close to the city and are easily accessible from Burlington.

The Burlington-Bristol Bridge, part of Route 413, crosses the Delaware River, connecting Burlington to Bristol Township, Pennsylvania, and is operated by the Burlington County Bridge Commission. Construction of the bridge started on April 1, 1930, and the bridge opened to traffic on May 1, 1931. [42] The bridge carries NJ 413 and Pennsylvania Route 413.

Public transportation Edit

NJ Transit provides bus service in the city between Trenton and Philadelphia on the 409 and 418 routes and between Burlington and Camden on the 413 and 419 routes. [119] [120]

The NJ River Line light rail system provides transportation between the Trenton Transit Center in Trenton and the Walter Rand Transportation Center (and other stations) in Camden, with stops at Burlington South [121] and Burlington Towne Centre. [122] [123]

    , an island in the Delaware River between Burlington and Bristol, Pennsylvania. Plans were announced in 2012 to create an historic amusement park on the site. [124] House – located at 207 W. Broad Street. [125] House – located at 459 High Street and constructed in 1742, it was the home of the hero of the War of 1812, whose dying command has been paraphrased as "Don't give up the ship!". [32] House
  • Library Company of Burlington
  • Odd Fellows Cemetery, at 4527 Route 130 South [126][127]
  • Old City Hall
  • Quaker Meeting House
  • Revell House – the congregation's original church was constructed in 1703 and a new church building was added in 1854. [128] The church's new building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1986. [129]
  • Waterfront Park and Oneida Boat Clubhouse – located at York Street on the Delaware riverfront, the club is the oldest continuously operated club on the river. [130]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Burlington include:


A short history of our beautiful city.

Burlington has been around since before Confederation.

The city we call home was once a sprawling forest that stretched along the shoreline from the town of York (now Toronto), the province of Upper Canada to the town of Hamilton. Along with many aboriginal tribes, this land was also home to several small villages and hamlets. In 1792, John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor, named the western edge of Lake Ontario Burlington Bay. Burlington Bay is part of the Nelson Township. Simcoe got the name Burlington from an English town: Bridlington of East Yorkshire.

The very first building ever commissioned in Burlington was the King’s Head Inn.

An early sketch of the King’s Head Inn.
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This building’s original location was never established but it was mentioned in several diary entries by Lt. Governor Simcoe.

During the War of 1812, the Americans attacked the King’s Head Inn, as they saw it to be a strategic battle point. This came after their invasion and holding of the town of York. The Canadians (British at the time) saw the Inn, as well as the surrounding area known as Burlington Heights (the Escarpment,) to be the backbone of their defense.

During the American’s attack, the British fell back to the house of one of their generals, which was located above Burlington Bay. Outnumbered 3,500 to 1,700, it was not looking good for the British. Their general, fearing an all-out assault, decided to attack the American camp. Using their knowledge of the heights, they snuck into the American camp and defeated the enemy force. Historians say that this event was one that turned the tide of the war.

At the beginning of the 19 th century (the 1800’s) the land around Burlington Bay was given to Capitan Joseph Brant and after the War of 1812, it was open to settlement. Due to the city’s good climate and fertile soil, early farmers were able to prosper. Produce was shipped from docks in Port Nelson, Wellington Square and Browns Wharf in Port Flamborough (now called Aldershot). Port Nelson, Wellington Square and, what would become Aldershot, were incorporated into the Village of Burlington.

In 1894, it was decided that Burlington needed a bell to announce the times of the day. The bell was placed in a tower above town hall. It was rung at 7am, 1pm and 6pm. The bell held its place above town hall for a few years before being taken down and moved to the Scout Camp (Camp Manitou) on Twiss Road. Surprisingly though, the bell, which weighed a whopping 10,000 pounds was stolen though it was recovered quickly. The bell now sits at the north entrance of Central Library it was placed there after renovations in 2005.

The city continued its excellent growth in the early 1900’s. It boasted a public library as well as a railway that connected it to Hamilton. Soon after, the QEW would be run through Burlington and electricity would begin to be received from Niagara Falls. In World War One, 300 men volunteered and only 38 did not return.

In the 1950’s, Burlington officially annexed Port Nelson and Aldershot. The move towards what the city would become was becoming clearer. Development skyrocketed and the farms south of the QEW were being replaced by housing. In 1967, the last cash crop farm was replaced by Burlington Mall.

Burlington City Hall was built on the site of the old library in 1965. It was called Town Hall upon opening, as Burlington was not yet a city. The building was opened by the Honorable J.W. Spooner, minister of municipal affairs. It wasn’t until January 1 st 1974 that it was changed to ‘Burlington City Hall’.

This is a very brief history of Burlington. More information can be found through City Hall or the Burlington Public Library.


Burlington City Hall - History

Empowerment, Education, and Entertainment

You are invited to The City of Burlington’s First Annual Juneteenth Celebration!

This is an event for all to celebrate Black liberation in the United States. We plan to have a Citywide celebration the weekend of June 19th, 2021 with musical performances, art installations, food vendors, educational opportunities, and more. In person or online programming will correlate with current safety protocols.

Juneteenth is the commemoration and celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. A day, a week, and in some areas a month - marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics, and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing, a time for assessment, self-improvement, and planning for the future. Juneteenth’s growing popularity signifies a level of recognition and dignity in America that is long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. When we are sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.


Building Permits

Before submitting, please refer to the Electronic Building Permit Application Submission and Resubmission Standards [PDF] which explains how to prepare your digital drawings and documentation files for application or resubmission. In addition, please refer to the checklists found on the Building Permit Application Requirements page for required items to include in your submission package.

Be advised that all submitted drawings and documentation must adhere to the Electronic Building Permit Application Submissions and Resubmission Standards (PDF]. To ensure an efficient permit process, submissions that do not meet this criteria will be refused and require resubmission before the permit application or resubmission package is accepted by the City of Burlington Building & By-law Department.

To submit a complete electronic package, please follow the instructions below depending on the submission type:

New Building Permit Application

For electronic building permit application packages (20 MB or less), please send all files by email to [email protected] with the wording “Building Permit Application” followed by the project address in the subject line and include suite/unit information, if applicable.

Example Subject Line: Building Permit Application – 123 Main Street, Unit 7

For large electronic building permit application submission packages (over 20 MB), please contact the Building & By-law Department to arrange a large file transfer.

The applicant will receive an email notification including the associated permit fee owing and payment options within two business days of the submission.

Resubmission to an Existing Building Permit Application

Electronic resubmission packages for existing building permit applications (20 MB or less) shall be emailed to [email protected] with the wording “Building Permit Resubmission” followed by the application number and the project address in the subject line including suite/unit information, if applicable.

Example Subject Line: Building Permit Resubmission – 21-123456 – 123 Main Street, Unit 7

For large electronic resubmission packages (over 20 MB), please contact the Building & By-law Department to arrange a large file transfer.

For questions regarding the above process, please contact the Building & By-law Department at 905-335-7731 x7470 or by email at [email protected]

[i] Applications which were processed before July 5, 2021 will continue to be processed in a hard copy format unless otherwise directed by Building & By-law Department staff.

The City's building division issues permits for the construction, renovation, demolition and certain changes of use of buildings. It also issues permits for the installation, alteration, extension or repair of on-site sewage systems.

Building permits protect the interests of individuals and the community. By reviewing and approving building plans before any work is done, we can make sure buildings comply with:

  • The Ontario Building Code, which sets standards for the design and construction of buildings to meet objectives such as health, safety, fire protection, accessibility and resource conservation
  • The local zoning bylaw and other planning controls on buildings
  • The local grading and drainage bylaw for low density residential lands
  • Other applicable law, including conservation authority approvals and certain requirements under the Environmental Protection Act.

Resources provided in this section will help you determine if you need a building permit and, if so, which building permit application requirements are needed for your specific construction project or building demolition. Our building permit process flow chart summarizes the steps involved, including when you need to arrange for a building inspection. You can also visit our frequently asked questions.

Building statistics and reports are available as well as a map of the status of permit inquiries throughout the city.

Public Notices

Please note that some areas within City Hall, including the Building & By-law Deparment are currently closed to the public to help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this time we will have access to email and will be able to reply to your email in a timely manner. For up-to-date information on city services, please visit the News and Notices web page.

We are currently processing building permit applications. If you are looking to apply for a building permit or follow up on an existing building permit application please email [email protected] Staff from the Building Division will respond to your request and be able to assist you with the building permit process.

Where construction can lawfully proceed under Ontario Regulation 82/20 as amended, it is the owner’s responsibility and/or each person responsible for the place of business that the business operates in accordance with all applicable laws, including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations made under it

The owner and/or each person responsible for the place of business that which continues to operate shall operate in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning and/or disinfecting.

Public enquiries relating to what businesses are deemed essential, and which are not, please refer to the Province’s ‘Stop the Spread Business Information Line’ at:

Or visit the Province's COVID-19 web page for the latest updates.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during these current circumstances.


Burlington began as a logging camp, established by John P. Millett and William McKay, in 1882. [6] It was officially incorporated on June 16, 1902.

Originally, Burlington's businesses were centered on Fairhaven Avenue. [7] Today, Fairhaven Avenue is the center of Burlington's old downtown, which has since been revitalized. [8]

In 2007, the city opened a new library [9] and city hall. [10]

Indigent defense ruling Edit

In December 2013, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik determined that Burlington had systematically violated its duty to offer effective legal representation to defendants who couldn't afford an attorney. [11] [12] The ruling required Burlington and Mount Vernon to hire a public defense supervisor to ensure their defense system complies with constitutional standards. [13]

2016 shooting Edit

On September 24, 2016, five people were shot and killed at Cascade Mall in Burlington.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.42 square miles (11.45 km 2 ), of which 4.26 square miles (11.03 km 2 ) is land and 0.16 square miles (0.41 km 2 ) is water. [14]

Flooding Edit

The Skagit River has a long history of flooding, which has affected Burlington as well as other communities in the Skagit Valley. A 1909 newspaper article describes how a dike broke upriver "and a mountain of water came rushing down the Skagit valley and quickly inundated [Burlington]". [15] Burlington is protected by a system of dikes under the jurisdiction of Skagit County Dike District #12, which was originally incorporated in 1895. [16]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19101,302
19201,360 4.5%
19301,407 3.5%
19401,632 16.0%
19502,350 44.0%
19602,968 26.3%
19703,138 5.7%
19803,894 24.1%
19904,349 11.7%
20006,757 55.4%
20108,388 24.1%
2019 (est.)9,224 [3] 10.0%
U.S. Decennial Census [17]
2018 Estimate [18]

2010 census Edit

As of the census [2] of 2010, there were 8,388 people, 3,166 households, and 1,935 families living in the city. The population density was 1,969.0 inhabitants per square mile (760.2/km 2 ). There were 3,419 housing units at an average density of 802.6 per square mile (309.9/km 2 ). The racial makeup of the city was 72.1% White, 1.2% African American, 1.8% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 17.9% from other races, and 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.4% of the population.

There were 3,166 households, of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.26.

The median age in the city was 32.1 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18 11.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24 27.8% were from 25 to 44 20.4% were from 45 to 64 and 13.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

2000 census Edit

According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2000 there were 6,757 people, 2,398 households, and 1,585 families living in the city. The population density was 1,609.8 people per square mile (621.2/km 2 ). There were 2,531 housing units at an average density of 603.0 per square mile (232.7/km 2 ). The racial makeup of the city was 75.49% White, 0.83% African American, 1.10% Native American, 1.76% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 17.66% from other races, and 2.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.26% of the population.

There were 2,398 households, out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows 30.0% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 15.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 99 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,848, and the median income for a family was $42,083. Males had a median income of $35,247 versus $22,716 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,167. About 11.7% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.8% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

Burlington is home to Cascade Mall, a shopping mall located in the heart of the Skagit Valley. It is an enclosed, single-level 585,362 sq ft (54,382 m 2 ). regional shopping center in Burlington, 60 miles (97 km) north of Seattle. Cascade Mall opened in the fall of 1989, at a time when the city of Burlington was credited by The Wall Street Journal as one of the fastest-growing and best investment opportunities among small towns in the United States. [ citation needed ] The mall is situated near the interchange of Interstate 5 and State Route 20. The mall is owned and managed by Merlone Geier and local management is headed by property manager Taylor Long. [19]

The city hosts the annual "Berry Dairy Days" festival in June, which celebrates Burlintgon's agricultural history. The festival began in 1937 as the Strawberry Festival and originally served as a fundraiser for the town's fire department. [20] It now features performances, carnival booths, and fair food. [21] The centerpiece of Berry Dairy Days is a parade on Fairhaven Avenue, the center of downtown Burlington. [22]


BOB by the Numbers 2021

Golden Memories by Vivien Sorce
Honorable Mention

374 affordable trees were sold to Vermonters

157 young seedlings were planted in the Community Tree Nursery

80 trees from the nursery were planted along Burlington’s streets

76 trees were donated to local non-profits, schools and individuals in need

Town of Shelburne plants trees donated by Branch Out Burlington! Read more . . .

The city of Burlington has planted more than 200 trees in the Old North End, where the canopy coverage is the lowest in the city, according to the city arborist. Read more . . .

Arbor Day should be about growing trees, not just planting them


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