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Municipal Information

Boundary Lines | Forms of Government | Land and Water Areas | Municipal Authority | Municipal Development Handbooks | Municipal Information | Municipal Land Use Regulations Database Reports | Municipal Officials | Municipal Records, Retention Schedules | Perambulation | Unincorporated Places

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Forms of Government

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Municipal Development Handbooksback to top

  • Dover pdf file
  • Salem
  • Derry (see Change/Expansion of Use Process; Construction Monitoring Procedures; Development Project Security Workbook; Subdivision and Site Plan Process)

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back to topMunicipal Land Use Regulation Database Reports

(Information presented below is not all-inclusive. It is generated from responses to an annual survey and questionnaire sent to municipalities by OEP, and from the review of updated ordinances and regulations sent to OEP pursuant to RSA 675:9.)

General Reports

Additional Municipal Information

Municipalities with Specific Zoning Ordinance Provisions

Municipalities with Innovative Land Use Regulations

(These topics are from Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques: A Handbook for Sustainable Development developed by DES and its partners, the NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions, the NH Office of Energy and Planning, and the NH Local Government Center.)

back to topMunicipal Officials

  • Laws Related to Appointed Officials, New Hampshire Town and City, March 2012
    Municipal government in New Hampshire requires dedicated volunteers to fill the list of important appointed offices. The duties of these offices are more challenging and require more time, knowledge and judgment than ever. At the same time, many communities are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain candidates for appointive office. It is important for selectmen, in particular, to understand the various legal issues involved in properly appointing people to office and removing appointed officials when necessary. Additional problems may arise when key appointed officials are also paid as employees of the municipality.

back to topMunicipal Records, Retention Schedules

  • NH Municipal Records Board
  • Municipal Records Retention, New Hampshire Town and City, April 2004
    As time goes by, municipalities find themselves confronted with how to handle the seemingly endless stream of paper associated with the operation of government. As populations grow, there are more and more subdivision applications, building permits, abatement requests, tax cards, zoning appeals, and even dog licenses. What do we do with all of these documents? Here are some of the answers.
  • RSA 33-A Disposition of Municipal Records

back to topPerambulation

  • Chapter 51 Town Lines and Perambulation of Boundaries
  • The History of Perambulation in New Hampshire, New Hampshire Town and City, November/December 2010
    New Hampshire's perambulation requirement began with an act of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1651. At that time, no government had been established in what would become New Hampshire, and the four or five established towns were taken under the wing of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The legislature of the Colony required all towns to select people to perambulate their boundaries once every three years. By 1701, the King had decided that New Hampshire was not part of Massachusetts Bay. By then, local and state governments in New Hampshire had begun to function on their own. In that year, the General Court passed an act requiring annual town line perambulations. This stringent schedule was relaxed by an act in 1719, returning to the three-year cycle.
  • Discovering a Forgotten Bound, New Hampshire Town and City, November/December 2010
    The straight line border between Goffstown and Bedford was originally marked with eight granite monuments. All were reportedly visited up through 1969. Then hazards of development slowly took their toll on five monuments. Through the years, one was known to be removed when a road was absorbed into the adjoining private land; two became victims of snow plows; and two were found dislodged for unknown reasons and removed from their sites.
  • 360 Years of Perambulation, New Hampshire Town and City, November/December 2010
    What comes to mind when you hear the word perambulation?

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Microsoft Excel Symbol Comma Separated Values (.csv) format. Visit nh.gov for a list of free .csv reader/import programs for different operating systems.

Portable Document Format Symbol Portable Document Format (.pdf). Visit nh.gov for a list of free .pdf readers for a variety of operating systems.


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