You have the option to update your legal mailing address to ESSEX, VT 05452.
With separation of Essex Junction from the Town of Essex, questions have arisen about our shared ZIP code. The United States Postal Service (USPS) Address Management System (AMS) shows three ZIP codes that cover Essex and Essex Junction. 05451 is for Essex Post Office (PO) boxes only and 05453 is for Essex Junction Post Office boxes only. 05452 covered most non-PO box addresses (exceptions involve small areas of the Town that are covered by other neighboring Post Offices).
The USPS AMS lists recommended city/town names for each ZIP code as well as names to avoid. Using one of the names on the avoid list causes a mismatch in the USPS automated mail sorting processes and may cause delayed delivery due to the need to manually verify the address. Until very recently, the only city/town names recommended to be used with 05452 were ESSEX JUNCTION and ESSEX JCT.
Within the last few weeks, with the help of Senator Bernie Sanders’ Office, the USPS AMS has been updated to allow ESSEX to be used as a recommended city/town name with the 05452 ZIP code. This allows anyone who chooses to update their legal mailing address to ESSEX, VT 05452. To be clear, no one is required to change their address with this change to the USPS AMS. The change allows ESSEX to be used as a valid city/town name in addition to the already allowed ESSEX JUNCTION and ESSEX JCT. This does allow the OPTION to change if one chooses to.
Do you own a business in Essex?
If you own a business with the mailing address, "Essex Junction, VT 05452" you may have recently received a letter from the Vermont Department of Taxes asking you to update the location of your business. If your business is physically located within the Town of Essex, you must list the Town of Essex even if your mailing address is recognized by the USPS as "Essex Junction". If your business is located within the jurisdiction of the Town of Essex, but you are being charged for the local option tax for the City of Essex Junction, please find more information here: https://www.essexvt.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=231.
EDITED 10/13/2022 to link to Information regarding the 1% LOT for the City of Essex Junction.