The main body of laws establishing the Public Service Department's (and Public Service Board's) authority is Title 30 Vermont Statutes Annotated. Additionally, the Public Service Board Rules establish the foundation for much of utility regulation in Vermont. Various federal laws and regulations play a significant role in regulating utilities. In some cases, these laws preempt state regulation and govern the way utilities operate within the states. In other instances, there is shared jurisdiction over utilities and both state and federal law apply.
The main body of laws establishing the Public Service Department's (and Public Service Board's) authority is Title 30 Vermont Statutes Annotated. Title 30 and all Vermont statutes may be accessed through either of the following links:
- The Vermont Legislature's Vermont Statutes Online posts the complete text of statutes by Title. This resource is most helpful if you know the section of the statutes you are seeking.
- The legislature also provides access to Vermont statutes through a searchable database provided by Lexis-Nexis. The Vermont Statutes Annotated and Court Rules at Lexis-Nexis is useful for finding statutes when you have a subject but not a citation.
State Rules (Vermont Public Service Board Rules)
The Public Service Board Rules establish the foundation for much of utility regulation in Vermont. Water supply regulations can be found in Title 10 Vermont Statutes, Chapter 56 - Public Water Supply