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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.
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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.
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.