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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.