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Your construction project may require a state permit from the NH Department of Environmental Services above and beyond other required local permits.

For projects that do not require a permit, there may be recommendations or guidelines you must follow during construction.

Read this if you plan on building on your property in Sandown.  This checklist…
  • helps ensure you have the appropriate permits
  • asks the right questions to help you understand legal requirements, restrictions, and guidelines
  • provides important contact information
This information includes the most common building project types.  It is the responsibility of the builder to understand the laws and rules of any given project.

You will need this
kind of permit…
From this agency…
Who can be reached at…
If you plan to…
In this environment…
Wetlands Permit
Phone: (603) 271-2147
email to:
Install a dock or any other type of shoreline structure
Any surface water including its banks
Impact the bank of any water body, I.E. stabilization or construction
Within the banks of any surface water
Adding sand to a beach or constructing a new beach
Adjacent to any surface water
Dredge, fill, or construct
Within the banks of any surface water
Must meet shore land Protection Minimum Standards
Protection Program
Phone: (603) 271-7109
Cut Trees
Within 150 feet of public  waters
Apply fertilizer
Within 150 feet of public  waters
Construct an accessory structure such as a utility shed or driveway
Within 250 feet of public waters
Build or expand a residential dwelling
Within 250 feet of public waters
Move earth or excavate with an impact < 50,000 square fee
Within 250 feet of public waters
Must meet best management practices for timber harvesting
Cut Trees
Anywhere
Alteration of Terrain permit
Phone: (603) 271-3434
Move earth or excavate with an impact > 50,000 square feet
Within 250 feet of public waters
Move earth or excavate with an impact > 100,000 square feet
Anywhere
Site assessment study
Execute a purchase and sales agreement on developed waterfront
Within 200 ft. of tidal waters or a great pond without municipal sewer
Construction approval & Operational approval
Phone: (603)271-3501
Build a residential dwelling, add a bedroom, or expand living space
Anywhere not serviced by municipal sewer
State subdivision approval
Phone: (603)271-3501
Subdivide land for single family, condominium, apartment, or campground
Anywhere
Must file a recorded well release
Install a well closer than 75 feet to a property line
Anywhere
Water supply engineering permit
Phone: (603)271-2513
Supply water for 25 or more people 60 or more days per year
Anywhere not serviced by municipal water
 
For more information, contact the NHDES at (603)271-3503. A 5-minute phone call could save you time and money!  
Or visit the NHDES website.     
Note: If you would like to get on a meeting agenda, please contact us.  
                


 

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