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After you receive your final bill, you have until March 1st, to file an abatement with the City. If you still disagree with your assessment, you may appeal to the Board of Tax and Land Appeals or Superior Court by September 1. For more information, refer to our
If you have purchased the vehicle from a Licensed New Hampshire Auto Dealer and the vehicle is a model year 2000 or newer, you will need a Title Application (blue or white); it is strongly recommended that you bring in the window sticker for your vehicle to ensure the correct MSRP is used for your transaction. If the vehicle was purchased through a private sale and is a model year 2000 or newer, you will need to bring in the title signed over to you, as well as a bill of sale. The title must be signed over to the buyer by the seller.
If you plan to use plates from a previous vehicle you must bring in the original registration from the previous vehicle. For all vehicles older than a 2000 you will need a properly executed TDMV-19A or a copy of a previous New Hampshire registration as well as a
The Conservation Commission is an advisory board that make comments and recommendations on applications, which are provided to the Planning Board.
If your project proposes to disturb a wetland, waterbody, or their buffers (as described in 235-17) you will likely need a wetlands Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and go before the Conservation Commission. If there is any doubt on whether your project will have an impact to a wetland/waterbody/etc., you must hire a Certified Wetlands Scientist (CWS) to review the project and delineate any wetlands.
Local approvals for tree-cutting depends on where you intend to cut:
The city has no other restrictions on tree-cutting within the Shoreland Protection District. However, the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), has their own restrictions on tree-cutting within 250-feet of waterbodies. Please contact them to ensure you meet all state requirements as well.
Please note that there are exemptions to this overlay district – if you are unsure about whether your property falls into these exemptions, please call the conservation technician at 603-527-1264.
An impervious surface is one that is impermeable and one that water cannot pass through. Impervious surfaces increase runoff and include surfaces like asphalt, buildings/rooftops, concrete, etc.
A pervious surface is one that allows for the penetration of runoff through the surface and into the underlying soils. Examples of pervious surfaces include vegetated lawns, gardens, pervious pavers, and other surfaces designed to absorb stormwater runoff.
Green space refers to “Land area with landscaped or natural vegetation, including those vegetated areas located under upper story decks, porches and overhangs that are a minimum of seven feet from the ground at the lowest elevation”. Minimum green space requirements can be found in the Table of Dimensional Requirements, here.
To calculate your property’s green space, use one of the following formulas:
GS% = 100 – [(Square Footage of Impervious Surfaces / Square Footage of Property) x 100]
GS% = (Square Footage of Pervious Surfaces / Square Footage of Property) x 100
A Conservation Easement creates a legally enforceable land preservation agreement between a landowner and the other party (in this case, the City of Laconia). It restricts real estate development, commercial and industrial uses, and other activities on the property to a mutually agreed upon level. The landowner continues to privately own and manage the land and the easement owner monitors future uses of the land for easement compliance. The easement continues to run with the land despite any changes in ownership.
Conservation Open Space refers to an allowable amenity under 235-40 B “Cluster Development”. 235-40 B(6)(f)(2)(c) states “designation of conservation open space is required for significant or unique environmentally sensitive areas, including but not limited to wetlands, wildlife habitat, endangered flora/fauna, stream beds and water bodies, significant stands of trees, scenic vistas, archeological sites and graveyards. Land area within conservation open space shall permanently remain in its natural state except for maintenance and access to archeological sites and graveyards.”
The following are permitted uses, per 235-40 B(4)(b):
[a] Recreational vehicle access crossings.
[b] Pedestrian trail systems.
[c] Buffer area: perimeter, wetlands waterbody, shoreline.
The Current Use program was enacted in 1973 and designed to preserve open space by assessing land at its actual current use and not at its highest and best use. Land is valued as farm, forested, or unproductive land rather than as building lots. It incentivizes property owners to conserve their undeveloped land (typically at least 10 acres in size) by receiving a tax break. For more information, please contact the Assessing office.
Yes, burn permits are required for campfires and brush fires throughout the year. Permits are available free of charge to the property owner by stopping by Central Station or the Weirs Fire Station. They are also available online. Learn more by visiting our Fire Prevention Page.
For information regarding location, flow, and current status of the city fire hydrants please contact Water Works at 603-524-0901.
Car Seat Safety Inspections are not conducted at the Laconia Fire Stations. Appropriate resources can be found at the following sites:
Gilford Fire Department 603-527-4758
Gilford Police Department 603-527-4737
Monday -Thursday: 9-8
Things to know when visiting the Library:
*Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in the library building. Disposable masks will be available if needed.
*30 patrons will be allowed in the building at any given time.
*Curbside pickup is still available.
No. IAW with State law, operators of vehicles with handicapped visitors in the vehicle and the vehicle has a handicapped placard or plate do not have to pay to park. Handicapped vehicles are limited to the parking time restrictions for that area.
The devices that take the dollar bill are very maintenance intensive and the City does not have the personnel to maintain those devices.
Yes. The sticker is valid only for the parking lot at Endicott Beach.
No. The receipt is just for your records.
The kiosk only prints a receipt when the resident asks for one.
The visitor will need to pay again and enter the correct number.
The system does not keep track of who is in a parking space. Therefore a customer cannot extend the time. The system will treat any customer attempting to extend the time as a new customer and will rest the time on the space. Therefore the customer should wait till near the expiration time and purchase another period of time.
The city has created 2, 3 and 5 hour parking spaces on Lakeside Avenue. The time limits are posted on the parking signs in the area you parked. The kiosk will only let you purchase the amount of time allowed for the space where you parked.
We are open from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday.
Use the descriptions below to find where your proposal fits:
- Single or Two-Unit Dwelling Unit: Single unit and two-unit residential properties are exempt from Site Plan regulations. Any building or alterations to these units please see the Building Code Office.
- Non-Residential, Commercial, or Multiple Dwelling Unit (structures with 3 or more dwelling units): If you plan on developing, expanding, or changing the use of your non-residential, commercial, OR multiple dwelling unit property, please refer to the information below to determine which category your proposal fits within.
Probably. Laconia allows what we call "Accessory Dwelling Unit" in single family homes located in a residential zone. There are some restrictions and conditions and an application is required. Please call 603-527-1264 for more information or email Planning@laconianh.gov.
Call the Dept. of Public works at 528-6379. The Solid Waste Coordinator will ensure that you are on a regular collection route and will notify our trash hauler to begin curbside collection.
The regulation size is a 32-gal container.
Single family dwellings are allowed 2 32-gallon containers weekly.
Duplexes are allowed 2 32-gallon containers per unit for a total of 4 32-gallon containers weekly.
Triplexes are allowed 2 32-gallon containers per unit for a total of 6 32-gallon containers weekly.
Apartment buildings (with 4 or more apartments) and commercial stops are allowed a total of 7 32-gal containers weekly.
No later than 6 am is the rule, but you may place it out no earlier than 7 PM the night before.
Trash cans should be removed from the curb by 7 PM on collection day.
The City sells 18 gallon bins, but you may use any container of your choice as long as it is clearly labeled "RECYCLING." The City has free RECYCLING stickers for this purpose. There is NO LIMIT on the recycling households can leave curbside.
Yes. Both metal and non-metal bulky items require "Bulky Item" stickers. Stickers are available for $8 at the City Clerk's office (45 Beacon St. E Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30). Non-metal bulky items are collected on the normal trash day. Metal items are collected once a month; call DPW Office (528-6379) to register for pickup of metal bulky items. Freon-containing items (refrigerators, dehumidifiers, . . . ) are NOT ELIGIBLE for curbside pickup.
Unless you prefer small containers, you do not need to. Single family homes that currently get City-contracted solid waste removal will AUTOMATICALLY receive one 96-gallon container for recycling and one 64-gallon container for trash collection. If you would prefer using a 32-gallon container for trash (instead of a 64-gallon container for trash), you can use the Recycling and Trash Container Order Form to request it. Similarly, if your entire household is either over 65 years old or disabled, there is an option for to order a 64-gallon recycling container.
If EVERYONE in your household (spouse, children, etc. ) is either 65 years old or disabled, you can request a 64-gallon container (instead of a 96-gallon container). Use the order form at the bottom of the Trash Collection Update web page to place your order.
No, you cannot order two. You can request one 32-gallon container, but keep in mind that means you have considerably less space for trash storage.
This program is designed to provide containers (that are compatible with the new automated collection system) to those residents and businesses that currently receive City-contracted solid waste collection. The City contract provides trash collection along public roads only. For that reason, the streets in most private developments have intentionally been removed from the order form. If you believe your street was removed in error, contact the DPW at by emailing email@example.com or by calling 603-528-6379.
No. The new automated trucks are not designed to pick up the small toters like these.
Place your containers along the road at least 3 feet apart from each other, parked cars, trees, mailboxes and utility poles. Avoid places where there are low hanging tree branches or power lines, etc.. The containers should be upright with the hinge of the lid oriented away from the street. Keep in mind that a mechanical arm is going to reach out and grab your container, so they should not be left out back to back. For more information, see the Curbside Placement Guide.
In late March, after the new containers have been delivered, you will have opportunity to put signs ("TAKE WITH TRASH") on your unwanted containers and they will be disposed of. However, the old containers belong to you, so you might want to repurpose them. Here are a few possibilities:
The Shoreland Protection Overlay District is defined in 235-19 C as “all land within 250-feet of the reference line of public waters”. The purpose of this district is laid out in 235-19 B as “to establish standards for the use and development of shorelands adjacent to public waters…to minimize the degradation of shorelands, protect water quality, and assure the retention of benefits provided by such shorelands”
The Shoreland Protection Overlay District refers to the following public waters:
The following uses/activities are prohibited in the Shoreland Protection District, as outlined in 235-19 D:
No, you do not need a permit from the city to replace or install a dock. However, you will need a Shoreland Permit from NHDES.
No local permit is necessary if the wall is under 4 feet tall, however a permit from NHDES is needed to build/replace a retaining wall along a protected shoreline. If your wall is greater than 4 feet tall, you should speak to the Building Department about permit requirements.
The Shoreland Protection District is an environmentally sensitive area and therefore, there are specific building requirements for areas delineated as the SPOD. Specific requirements may be found in City Ordinance 235-19 F, here.
The meter will need to be read 2 days prior to the closing. The final bill request form can be accessed here /DocumentCenter/View/7606. We will prepare a final bill for pick up at the office or e-mail to the closing company/realtor. Currently there is no charge for final bills.
There are two parts to the water/sewer bill. The first part is the base rate. A single family house will be billed a $25 base rate per quarter for water and a $40.00 base rate per quarter for sewer. The second charge is the consumption charge. Water is billed at $2.55 per hundred cubic feet and sewer is billed at $5.57 per hundred cubic feet. Each bill will fluctuate due to the amount of water that goes through the meter.
Quick Reference formula for invoice calculation
- (Number of units times $25) plus (consumption times $2.55/hcf) equals quarterly water invoice
- (Number of units times $40.00) plus (consumption times $5.57/hcf) equals quarterly sewer invoice
- (Number of units times rate of fire protection items) equals quarterly fire protection invoice
Note: Franchise areas (specific service areas outside of city limits) are charged a 15 % surcharge for water. Charges are $24.15 base charge and consumption charges of $2.70/hcf. See Tariff for complete rate schedules. Unmetered Sewer Charges are a flat rate of $265.00 and are billed semi-annually by the tax collector.
Laconia Water Department posts its annual "Our Daily Water" Consumer Confidence Report elsewhere on this website. The report is also mailed to all property owners in the spring of each year.
Confidence Report 2020
Yes, you must reimburse assistance granted if returned to an income status and if such reimbursement can be made without financial hardship. RSA 165:20-b.
The law requires the municipality to place a lien for welfare aid received on any real estate owned by an assisted person in all cases except for just cause.
RSA 165:19 Liability for Support. The relation of any poor person in the line father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, son, daughter, husband, or wife shall assist or maintain such person when in need of relief. Said relation shall be deemed able to assist such person if his weekly income is more than sufficient to provide a reasonable subsistence compatible with decency and health.
Should a relation refuse to render such aid when requested to do so by a county commissioner, selectman or overseer of public welfare, such person or persons shall upon complaint of one of these officials be summoned to appear in court.
Under state law and the Welfare Guidelines of the City, any recipient of assistance may be required to work for the City or an appropriate local human service agency at any available bona fide job that is within his/her capacity (RSA 165:31) for the purpose of reimbursement of benefits received. Participants in the workfare program are not considered employees of the municipality, and any work performed by workfare participants does not give rise to any employee-employer relationship between the recipient/workfare participant and the City.
Unfortunately, the Welfare Office does not offer daycare services.
- Proof of Identification: Photo ID, Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards for yourself and all members in your household.
- Proof of all sources of income/resources: Employment (past 4 weeks of pay stubs), Social Security Income, Tax Refund or Tax return, child support, unemployment, workers compensation and any other source of income. Proof of all resources: checking account and/or savings account statements, IRAs, Certificates of Deposit, life insurance policies, etc.
- Proof of all expenses: Rent (by having your landlord fill out the form attached to the application); utility bills, phone bills, food receipts, tuition, prescriptions, insurance, auto repair and any other expense for the last 4 weeks.
- Eviction notices or utilities disconnect notices.
- Proof that you applied or are receiving Food Stamps, TANF, Medicaid, fuel assistance, electrical assistance and/or any other assistance.
The best method is to call us at 603-527-1267. We can answer your questions and assess your situation and direct you to any other programs that will also be beneficial to you.
To apply for City assistance, you can visit our office and get an application for assistance along with other forms that may be appropriate. You can also print one from our website. Once this application is completed, you will need to call 527-1267 to set an appointment.
Included in your application will be a list of documentation that is required to determine eligibility.
(1)The WC District shall consist of all lands which meet the definition of wetlands, as specified in Article II, and wetland waterbody buffers as designated in this section, and vernal pools as defined in Article II.
[Amended 5-22-2000 by Ord. No. 05.2000.05; 10-14-2008 by Ord. No. 07.2008.07]
(2) The WC District shall be superimposed upon/ other zoning districts in this chapter, and the regulations pertaining to the WC District shall be in addition to the regulations of the underlying districts and other City ordinances and regulations. Where any provision of these regulations imposes restrictions different from those imposed by any other ordinance, rule, regulation or other provision of law, whichever provisions are more restrictive or impose higher standards shall control.
(3) Wetlands and vernal pools shall be delineated by a certified soil scientist as licensed by the State of New Hampshire.
[Amended 10-14-2008 by Ord. No. 07.2008.07]
Ideally, any potential vernal pool will be surveyed in the springtime, March-May, when they are the most prevalent.
Per 235-17.B(2), the purpose is to;
Ensure the protection of wetland and waterbody buffer areas from activities that would adversely affect their ability to protect wetlands from degradation to:
(a) Prevent erosion and sedimentation by stabilizing soil.
(b) Moderate the effects of stormwater runoff by filtering sediment, nutrients and harmful or toxic substances, and moderating thermal discharges.
(c) Protect and maintain wildlife habitat.
(d) Support and protect wetland plant species.
(e) Reduce the disturbances to wetland resources caused by intrusion of human activity.
(1) Wetland buffer areas shall be defined as all land lying:
(a) Within 100 feet outside the boundary of any prime wetland.
(b) Within 75 feet outside the boundary of any non-prime wetland contiguous to public waters and including the following brooks: Durkee Brook, Jewett Brook, Black Brook, Langley Brook, Mellinger Brook and unnamed brooks designated A through I on the Official Zoning Map.
(c) Within 50 feet outside the boundary of any other wetland.
(2) Wetland buffer maintenance. Wetland buffers shall be retained and maintained in their natural condition. Where wetland buffer disturbance is permitted pursuant to this chapter, revegetation of the disturbed area is required.
(3) Vernal pool buffers. Vernal pool buffer areas shall be defined as all land lying within 100 feet outside the boundary of any vernal pool.
(4) Vernal pool buffer maintenance. Vernal pool buffers shall be retained and maintained in their natural condition. Where vernal pool buffer disturbance is permitted pursuant to this chapter, revegetation of the disturbed area is required.
Per 235-17. E.,Waterbody buffers shall be retained and maintained in their natural condition. Where waterbody buffer disturbance is permitted pursuant to this chapter, revegetation of the disturbed area is required to the greatest extent possible. Waterbody buffers are defined as all land lying:
(1) Within 75 feet of the following brooks: Durkee Brook, Jewett Brook, Black Brook, Langley Brook, Mellinger Brook and unnamed brooks designated A through I on the Official Zoning Map.
[Amended 10-14-2008 by Ord. No. 07.2008.07; 8-13-2012 by Ord. No. 10.2012.10]
(2) Within 30 feet from the top of bank on both sides of intermittent and perennial streams. These streams are shown on and will correspond to the latest version of the United States Geological Survey Map.
(3) See this section for exceptions.
(1) The establishment or expansion of:
(a) Salt storage sheds.
(b) Junkyards, resource recovery facilities, transfer stations or landfills.
(c) Solid or hazardous waste facilities.
(2) The bulk storage of chemicals, petroleum products or toxic and hazardous materials.
(3) The dumping or disposal of snow and ice collected from roadways and parking areas.
Per 235-17. H. Uses requiring a conditional use permit. A conditional use permit is required for the following uses in the WC District:
(1) Activities that alter or remove soils or vegetation including clearing, dredging, draining or filling.
(2) Activities which alter the natural drainage system resulting in a change in the flow of water, water level or water table.
(3) Water impoundments for the purpose of creating a waterbody for wildlife, on-site detention of stormwater runoff and/or for recreational uses.
(4) The undertaking of a use not otherwise permitted in the WC District that is permitted in the underlying zoning district, if it can be shown that such proposed use is not in conflict with any and all of the purposes of the WC District.
Yes, you will need a wetlands Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to install a deck within a wetland or its buffer because you will need to excavate/disturb the soil in order to install foundation posts.
Whether you need a permit will depend on what material you plan to make your patio out of. If you are not altering or removing soils or vegetation, and installing pervious patio pavers, you will not be required to get a permit. If your patio is going to be impervious (i.e. made of poured concrete), or you will need to remove vegetation to install the patio, you will need a CUP.
Yes, you will need a wetlands Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to install a driveway within a wetland buffer, per 235-17.H.(1) Activities that alter or remove soils or vegetation including clearing, dredging, draining or filling.
The Department of Public Works should also be contacted in regards to a driveway permit: (603) 528-6379
A wetland Conditional Use Permit is needed when installing/repairing a culvert under 235-17.H.
(2) Activities which alter the natural drainage system resulting in a change in the flow of water, water level or water table.
A checklist of questions that must be answered for your wetlands CUP are on page 8 of the application, found here.
Part of question 1 asks for a “listing of any representative or rare examples of wetland plants or animals” that may be present. This can be found by using the free Natural Heritage Bureau’s (NHB) DataCheck Tool at: https://www2.des.state.nh.us/nhb_datacheck/
Please contact the Conservation Technician in the Planning Department as soon as possible so that they can investigate the incident.DO NOT trespass onto the property seeking photos or information.