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If it is a seasonal visit only you would not be required to pay property tax. If the travel trailer remains in the campground until the next camping season it may be taxable. For more information please refer to the State Statutes.
Hampton Beach Village District
You can visit the Assessor’s office at the Hampton Town Hall, 100 Winnacunnet Road, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m; or give our office a call at 603-929-5837. A staff member will answer your questions or refer you to the proper authority.
The appeal period commences with the mailing of the notice of tax which usually is on or about November 1st of the current year. Upon receiving the bill, taxpayers wishing to apply for abatement must first file an abatement application with the Assessor’s Office no later than March 1st. This must be done by letter or on an abatement form available online or available by contacting our office. There are no fees or charges for this local appeal.
notice of tax
The bill due on July 1st is an estimated first half payment and is not subject to an appeal period. Throughout the appeal process, locally or beyond, the burden of proof is upon the applicant to demonstrate that the assessed valuation is inequitable or disproportionate to similar properties within Hampton.
The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration annually conducts a study that determines the Town’s level of assessment in comparison to recent sales that occurred in Hampton. The result is known as the Assessment to Sales Ratio or Equalization Ratio.
Property assessment is an ad valorem tax, a Latin phrase meaning for its worth. Any lack of services, such as rubbish collection, snow plowing, etc. presumably would be reflected in the selling price. Property taxation is a sharing of the total operating costs in relation to the value of one’s reality.
for its worth
As such, it is not a user fee in which the taxpayer is liable only for services available or utilized. The most common illustration is that all property owners pay a proportionate share for schools and fire and police protection whether or not they use those services.
Under State Statute, all real estate is assessed at how the property stood on April 1st. The Town of Hampton operates on a fiscal year from January 1st to December 31st. However, the tax year is from April 1st to March 31st of the following year.
The budget that is raised at Town Meeting in March, is to run the town for the year that has already started on January one. The tax rate is set in October to raise the money for that current year.
The Town is on semi-annual tax billing. This means in May you are billed for an estimated half (1/2% or .5) of your bill for the year using current assessment times (multiplied by) half (1/2% or .5) of last year’s rate. This would be your first tax bill for the year, typically due July 1st. The actual tax rate isn’t set until October, at that time the full year tax is figured; the estimated first half bill is subtracted, leaving the balance due typically on December 1st.
A taxpayer who does not receive a tax bill should inquire at the Tax Collectors Office. Arrangements regarding delinquent taxes or partial payments should also be discussed with the Office of the Tax Collector in person or by calling 603-926-6769. Click here for the Tax Collectors website. Town of Hampton - Tax Collector
A disagreement with the assessed valuation does not stay the collection of tax. It must be paid as assessed in order to avoid interest charges that begin to accrue after the due date. Based on a timely appeal, should an abatement be granted, a refund of any overpayment plus interest will occur.
If dissatisfied with the Assessor’s decision, the taxpayer may exercise one of the following options:
To correct the spelling of a name, or changing the mailing address, you can visit or contact the Assessor’s Office. Taxpayers who relocate seasonally should notify both the Postal Service and the Assessor’s Office of a forwarding address. A change of name occasioned by marriage, divorce, or court order requires presentation of a copy of the marriage license or court decree.
Change in the title due to the death of an owner requires presentation of a copy of the death certificate unless they were the sole owner. In this case, an Executor or Executrix would have to file documents with the Probate Court and with the Town. Adding names to the existing title, or changing the form of ownership, requires the filing of a new deed at the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds. That agency will send a copy to the Assessor’s Office.
All assessments are public record. There are books available at the Assessor’s counter in alphabetical order by owner and by street. Contact the Assessor's office with any questions.
Under the requirements of RSA 75:8-a, and RSA 75:1, we must update property values at least once every 5 years.
MARKET VALUE: A type of value, stated as an opinion, that presumes the transfer of a property (i.e., a right of ownership or a bundle of such rights), as of a certain date, under specific conditions set forth in the definition of the term identified by the appraiser as applicable in an appraisal. (USPAP 2018-2019)
Payment can be made with a check or cash.
CHAPTER 155-A - NEW HAMPSHIRE BUILDING CODE
I. "Building" means building as defined and interpreted by the International Code Council's International Building Code 2009, as amended by the state building code review board and ratified by the legislature in accordance with RSA 155-A:10.
II. "County" means the local legislative body of a county in which there are unincorporated towns or unorganized places.
III. "Local enforcement agency" means for a municipality that has adopted enforcement provisions or additional regulations under RSA 674:51 or RSA 47:22, the building inspector, code official, or other local government official qualified and authorized to make inspections and to enforce the laws, ordinances, and rules enacted by the state and by local government that establish standards and requirements applicable to the construction, alteration, or repair of buildings. For the purpose of enforcement of the state fire code for buildings and structures not owned by the state, the local enforcement agency means the municipal fire chief or his or her representative, pursuant to RSA154:2, II.
IV. "New Hampshire building code" or "state building code" means the adoption by reference of the International Building Code 2009, the International Existing Building Code 2009, the International Plumbing Code 2009, and the International Residential Code 2009, as published by the International Code Council, and the National Electrical Code 2017, as amended by the state building code review board and ratified by the legislature in accordance with RSA 155-A:10. The provisions of any other national code or model code referred to within a code listed in this definition shall not be included in the state building code unless specifically included in the codes listed in this definition.
IV-a. "New Hampshire fire code" or "state fire code" means the state fire code as defined in RSA153:1 and as amended by rules adopted pursuant to RSA 153:5.
V. "Person" means any individual or organized group of any kind, including partnerships, corporations, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, and other forms of association, as well as federal, state or local instrumentalities, political subdivisions, or officers.
VI. "Structure" means structure as defined and interpreted by the International Code Council's International Building Code 2009, as amended by the state building code review board and ratified by the legislature in accordance with RSA 155-A:10.
Source. 2002, 8:3. 2003, 245:1. 2006, 112:1. 2007, 187:1-3. 2009, 41:2. 2012, 242:7-10, eff. June 18. 2012. 2014, 314:4, eff. Jan 1, 2015. 2017, 201:3, eff. Jan 1, 2018
Call the Building Department at 603-929-5826 to request an inspection and be put on the schedule. Other than emergencies, a minimum of 24 hours notice for a scheduled inspection is needed.
It is the recommendation of the Building Department that all fences be placed 3 feet from the property line. There is no ordinance regarding which side of the fence must face outwards.
On former Town owned leased land, the deed from the Town must be attached to the Permit Application. If there is a deed restriction as to the height of the fence (3 feet and ornamental in nature), that is the only size that can and will be permitted.
A fence surrounding a pool must be at least 48 inches high with lockable gate.
The allowable fence height is 6 feet.
Setback (dimensional) requirements can be found in the Zoning Ordinances (PDF) (Article 4– Table 2) for all zones.
View the Zoning Ordinances (PDF).
See Article II in the building and zoning ordinance.
Yes. Any person seeking to conduct a garage, barn or lawn sale commonly referred to as a yard sale must first obtain a permit from the Building Department granting authorization to conduct the proposed event. For more information, please refer to the Garage, Barn, or Yard Sales Ordinance (PDF) and fill out the Garage, Barn or Yard Sale Permit (PDF) if the ordinance applies to you. Contact the Building Department if you have any questions.
Schedule an appointment with the Building Inspector to review your project by contacting the Building Department.
For more information on peddlers, hawkers and itinerant, view the Adopted Policy on Hawkers, Peddlers, and Itinerant Vendors Chapter 628 (PDF).
Section 4. Hours of construction work. Except for emergencies, no person shall cause the construction, reconstruction, remodeling, or demolition of a dwelling or structure, the digging up or the filling in or leveling or contouring of the ground, the breaking of pavements, concrete, stone or foundations, the excavation of streets, the operation of heavy equipment of any kind or the use of blasting or the driving of pile of jacking of pipes within the Town of Hampton before 7 o’clock in the AM or after 7 o’clock in the PM, local time Monday through Friday of any week or before 9 o’clock in the AM or after 5 in the PM local time on any weekend or any holiday.
Section 6. Penalty. Any person found to be in violation of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a violation and upon conviction shall be fined not less than $100 or more than $250 for each such offense or violation, such sums to inure to the general fund of the Town.
A Building Permit is required for all new construction, including:
The following can be obtained at the Building Department office or online:
The application, together with any necessary documentation and fee, must be applied for in person at the Building Department.
A building permit review and approval can usually take between 5 to 10 business days depending on the Inspector’s volume of applications, the scope of work and schedule. Electrical, Plumbing, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Mechanical permits usually take 3 to 5 business days. Please submit all the required items so as not to delay the permit process.
View the Fee Schedule page for more information about permit fees.
Demolition permits are required when the intent is to raze and remove any structure in its entirety. Fill out the Demolition Permit (PDF) and return to the Building Department if you are in need of a demolition permit.
Building permits expire one year from issue date. The permit shall become invalid if work has not commenced within six months after the issuance of permit or work has been suspended for six months after commencement (IBC 105.5) and no refunds shall be given. If the work is not completed within one year from the issued date, the permit must be renewed.
A Rental Certificate of Occupancy can be obtained by contacting the Building Department and requesting a Certificate of Rental Occupancy inspection. The Building Inspector will conduct an inspection of the property, fill out any code violations on the Corrective Action Form and give you a copy. When repairs are made, you must call for a re-inspection. Upon passing the inspection, a Certificate of Rental Occupancy will be issued upon the payment of the appropriate fee.
A seasonal Certificate of Occupancy allows for occupancy between the dates of May 15 to October 15 only.
To convert a seasonal use to year-round use, the property must be brought into compliance with the 2009 New Hampshire (NH) State Energy Code.
All outside burning in the Town of Hampton requires a burn permit to be issued. Applications shall be made either in person or by calling the fire department at 603-926-3316.
The Fire Law Brochure revised 3-2010 (PDF) has the specific rules regarding outside burning.
For more information you can call 926-3316 or go to the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands Forest Protection Bureau website.
You can get a copy of a Fire / emergency medical services report by contacting the administration offices at 603-926-3316 or stopping by the Headquarters station between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. The Headquarters is located at:140 Winnacunnet RoadHampton, NH 03842
You can call the fire department secretary or the on-duty shift commander at 603-926-3316 to make the appointment.
Hampton Fire and Rescue accepts applications from New Hampshire career firefighters wishing to laterally transfer as well as from candidates that have successfully completed the State of New Hampshire's statewide firefighter entrance examination process. For more information you can call 603-926-3316 or check out the New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training webpage.
Fire engines are dispatched on emergency medical calls that require advanced life support, motor vehicle accidents, and calls in which additional personnel are needed to move the patient into the ambulance. This allows for sufficient personnel on scene to administer the advanced life support care and treatment that is necessary. By sending the fire engine we are using the most cost efficient method of service delivery because it allows the firefighters to respond to the medical call, provide the assistance needed, and then immediately be available for another call. If they were to use a different vehicle they would have to return to the fire station first causing increase response times and a longer wait for those who need help.
You can stop by either fire station to have it checked.
The Headquarters station is located at:140 Winnacunnet RoadHampton, NH 03842
Beach station is located at:119 Brown AvenueHampton, NH 03842
If you have difficulty getting out you can call our dispatch at 603-926-3316 and ask to have someone come to your home and check it.
The Fire Prevention Bureau can assist you with this by calling 603-929-1919.
The Fire Prevention Bureau can assist you with this by calling them at 603-929-1919 or the on duty shift commander at 603-926-3316.
Hampton Fire and Rescue has members who are certified instructors of CPR. We also can help you find upcoming classes in our area. You can call Emergency Medical Services Officer Peter Wahl at 603-926-3316 for more information.
The Chapter 6, Article 9:1 Town ordinance reads:
The sale, possession, or display of fireworks is prohibited in the Town of Hampton, except for displays as permitted by RSA 160: B:7 (Those are public displays that require a state and local permit)
For more information or if you have any questions please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 603-929-1919.
Yes, go to Property Tax Payments to pay online. This will give you information on all outstanding taxes due, and will give you a history of most recent taxes paid. (Small fee applies if paying the taxes online, a $25 fee applies to checks returned for any reason by your bank, but lookup is free.) Also, you can look at the assessment information online through Vision Appraisal.
Town leases spots in the Ashworth Ave, Island Path and Church Street Parking Lots. The winter leases run from November 1st to March 31st. Summer leases run from April 1st to October 31st. To obtain additional information on leases in these lots contact the Finance Department at 603-929-5815.
The following lots allow parking for residents who have a "Resident Parking Sticker": Joseph Brown Park Parking Lot at Plaice Cove, Veteran's of the Korean Conflict Parking Lot (south of Cusack Rd at Ocean Blvd), Bicentennial Park Parking Lot, Veteran's of the Persian Gulf War Parking Lot (south of High St at Ocean Blvd), Veteran's of the War of 1812 Parking Lot (at the Church Street Pump Station) and Veteran's of the American Revolutionary War Parking Lot (at Sun Valley Pump Station). Please see signs at these lots to determine parking location and hours.
View map of parking locations
Stormwater is excess rain or snowmelt that does not soak into the ground, and as it flows over rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, and roads, it picks up contaminants. Stormwater picks up that bit of spilled oil or gasoline in the driveway, or the discarded piece of chewing gum on the sidewalk, as well as excess fertilizer or pesticides from your lawn.
No, stormwater is not treated. This is a common misconception, but storm water is in fact not treated.
Stormwater travels through storm drains and pipes that directly enter rivers, lakes, streams, and the ocean. Keep an eye out for storm drains in your neighborhood, and remember to keep them clean!
It can be! Stormwater can be high in nutrients and sediment, as well as chemicals that are harmful to aquatic life. Excessive stormwater pollution from your community can cause beach closures, swimming bans, and drastically diminish water quality.
There are many ways you can help. Here are three simple ways:
The Town of Hampton has prepared a 5-year Stormwater Management Plan to protect stormwater from becoming polluted. Every year, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that the Town report on their progress in implementing the plan and update the plan to better protect stormwater. Each annual report provides an updated 5-year plan and describes the progress made for the year.
Visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website for more information.
Please call the assessor’s office at 603-929-5837.
At this time we accept cash and checks/money orders and cashier checks only. We have surveyed customers directly and the majority of customers would not use their credit cards due to the additional fee charged by the credit card company to each bill on top of the tax amount. (These fees can be up to 3% of the charged amount.)
You can pay online using your checking account.
Please make checks payable to the Town of Hampton. Please include both copies of the bill (receipt and payment coupon) and a self-addressed-stamped-envelope if you are mailing your payment, we will stamp the receipt and send it back to you. If you are paying in person bring in both the receipt and the payment coupon, we will stamp the receipt and give it back to you.
No. Please do not post-date your check as we deposit the checks electronically. Checks received in the office with a future date will be processed the day they are received. Any check returned by the bank is subject to a fee of $25, which will be added to the balance due along with any interest that might be due.
Property owners are responsible for any interest that accrues on unpaid tax balances after the due date, even if a bill is not received. Starting April 1, 2019, interest accrues at 8% per annum after the due date per NH-RSA 76:13. (The rate prior to April 1, 2019 was 12%). All bills are mailed at the same time, on the same day, from our printer in Concord. They are mailed to the last known owner, at the last known address, by State law, and are due on the due date reflected on the bill.
It is your responsibility, as the property owner, to make sure the Assessor’s office has the correct mailing address. If this is a newly purchased property, please verify that the Assessor’s office has the updated mailing address as they take the mailing address from the recorded deed, even though this may be your former address. Updating a mailing address with the Town Clerk’s office does not update the mailing address on the tax bills.
If you have not received a bill you should contact the tax office at 603-926-6769. If your mailing address has changed please notify the assessor’s office at 603-929-5837 to change the address on the bill. Unfortunately, there may be instances where you don’t receive a bill, however, it is the property owner’s responsibility to pay the taxes, and any fees due, whether or not you receive a bill. You can always check online to see what is due, or you can call us, or email the Tax Collector Department and we can email you a PDF copy of your bill.
A notice will be sent by certified mail to the last known owner, at the last known post office address, at least 30 days prior to a lien being placed on the property due to unpaid taxes (NH RSA-80:60). If a lien is placed on the property interest at 14% per annum will be charged. (Liens placed prior to April 1, 2019 are charged 18% per annum.)
Mortgage companies will be notified within 45 days after any lien being placed for unpaid taxes (NH RSA 80:65). The property owner, or the mortgagee, then have 2 years and one day from the lien date, to redeem the lien, interest, and costs, prior to the Tax Collector deeding the property to the Town.
Prior to deeding the property to the Town a notice will be sent by certified mail to the last known owner at the last known post office address (NH RSA 80:77), and, at the same time, a certified notice will be mailed to the Mortgagee (NH RSA 80:77-a). Please call the office if you have further questions on property tax liens, as they may affect your credit. (Additional fees apply for certified notices, mortgagee searches and if the property goes to lien.)
No. Temporary plates are only available at a sub-station (Epping, Dover, etc.) You need to bring your New Hampshire license, and a bill of sale or a purchase and sales agreement and it must be done in person.
Generally, yes, but you must provide us with a notarized power of attorney and a copy of that individual's license to do so.
No, the State does not rebate any portion of the registration.
It is against New Hampshire law to use the plates from any other vehicle until it is registered to that car. You may purchase a temporary plate from a sub-station.
There is no grace period at all for renewing a vehicle.
It is impossible to define all the requirements or list a complete set of instructions. This is provided for your convenience only. If you have a question or concern that has not been addressed please call the office at 603-926-0406 or email the Town Clerk's office.
To apply for a license please fill out the following form /DocumentCenter/View/1020 and print one sided and bring to the Town Managers Office.