Burkholderia multivorans causes opportunistic pulmonary infections and is intrinsically resistant to many antibacterial compounds including the hydrophobic biocide triclosan. Chemical permeabilization of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa outer membrane affects sensitization to hydrophobic substances. The purpose of the present study was to determine if B. multivorans is similarly susceptive suggesting that outer membrane impermeability properties underlie triclosan resistance. Antibiograms and conventional macrobroth dilution bioassays were employed to establish baseline susceptibility levels to hydrophobic antibacterial compounds. Outer membrane permeabilizers compound 48/80, polymyxin B, polymyxin Bnonapeptide, and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid were used in attempts to sensitize disparate B. multivorans isolates to the hydrophobic agents novobiocin and triclosan, and to potentiate partitioning of the hydrophobic fluorescent probe 1-N-phenylnapthylamine (NPN). The lipophilic agent resistance profiles for all B. multivorans strains were essentially the same as that of P. aeruginosa except that they were resistant to polymyxin B. Moreover, they resisted sensitization to hydrophobic compounds and remained inaccessible to NPN when treated with outer membrane permeabilizers. These data support the notion that while both phylogenetically-related organisms exhibit general intrinsic resistance properties to hydrophobic substances, the outer membrane of B. multivorans either resists permeabilization by chemical modification or sensitization is mitigated by a supplemental mechanism not present in P. aeruginosa.