- Permitting Process
2021 Town Wetlands Permit (click to access a copy of the permit)
1. Design/Plot Plan – Bird’s eye view of your property
2. Plan must include the following features
a. Lot corners
b. Edge of the wetland or Highest Observable Tide Line (HOTL)
c. Include the following structures with dimensions.
i. Existing building including decks and stairs.
ii. Accessories structures such as sheds, gazebos, patios, and retaining walls
iii. Driveways and walkways (indicate the material i.e. asphalt, stone, or dirt)
3. Delineation of the 50 ft buffer line
a. In any instance where there is doubt as to the location of the wetlands boundary or Highest
Observable Tide Line (HDTL) the burden of proof shall be on the applicant or property owner
to show the proper location of the boundary. Evidence shall be obtained by onsite
investigation and analysis conducted by a New Hampshire Certified Soil Scientist or other
New Hampshire certified wetlands scientist.
4. If the applicant and/or agent are not the owners, a letter of authorization must accompany the
5. A Town of Hampton Assessor list of names and mailing addresses of all abutters.
6. Public notification “abutter” fees as listed in the Fee Calculation Worksheet
Once you have completed the State and/or Town applications, file the State application with the
Town Clerk and the Town application at the Planning Office in Town Hall. Check your application for submission deadlines and the meeting schedule.
Attending a Conservation Commission Meeting
- To get on the agenda for a Conservation Commission meeting, please have your permit application(s) submitted by deadline date listed on the application. An appointment with the Conservation Commission must be schedule at least one week prior to the meeting date. The Conservation Commission cannot make additions to a meeting agenda on the day of the meeting or at the meeting.
- The Conservation Commission conducts “walk-throughs” on the Saturday before each monthly meeting. Walk-throughs allow the Commission members to see where the proposed changes would be on your property, and where and to what extent they have an impact on the wetlands or buffer, prior to discussion of the project at the meeting.
- At the meetings, the projects on the agenda will be discussed, with regard to how well they conform to Town/State wetlands guidelines, and what special circumstances and/or mitigation are being offered if the project does not conform to those guidelines.
- Town Special Permit Applications – After discussing the project, the Conservation Commission votes to oppose or not to oppose the permit for this project. A letter stating the Commission’s position and any other stipulations is sent to the Planning Board.
- State Permit Applications - After discussing the project, the Conservation Commission votes to oppose or not to oppose the permit for this project. A letter stating the Commission’s position and any other stipulations is sent to NHDES Planning Board and/or the State will make the final determination regarding whether or not to issue the necessary permits