The deadline for submitting citizen zoning petitions is in early December. Amendments must be written in proper form and signed by at least 25 registered voters. For assistance with drafting zoning amendments, please contact the Planning Director.
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The Town’s official Zoning Map can be accessed from the GIS/Town Maps page which shows zoning conditions for the whole town. This is a large file (24 by 36 inches total) so be careful if trying to print it. Residents can also call the Planning Department at 603-890-2080 for more information.
View the list of permitted uses by zoning district (PDF).
No permit is required to fill a low spot unless it is a wetland. Wetlands are designated by wetland or soil scientists based on specific criteria including vegetation, soils, and hydrology. In many cases, a wetland does not contain standing water. Both State and Town regulations require a permit for the filling of wetland areas.
For additional information, including a list of soil/wetland scientists, please contact the Planning Director.
The State requires permits for all docks, walls, piers, and other shoreline structures. Visit the State Wetlands Bureau website or call 603-271-2147 for more information.
Approval from the Planning Board is required for all subdivisions, lot line adjustments, new non-residential development, and expansions or changes of use to non-residential buildings or sites. Significant changes to signs that are shown on a site plan may also require Planning Board approval.
For additional information, please contact the Planning Director.
Abutters often play a crucial role by providing information and helping the Planning Board evaluate plans. Abutters and other citizens interested in a project are encouraged to call the Planning Office with concerns or comments, view the plans at Town Hall, submit written comments, attend the Planning Board meeting, or watch the meeting on local cable channel 17.
The Planning Board meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7 pm, in the Knightly Meeting Room at the Salem Town Hall, located at:33 Geremonty DriveSalem, NH 03079
Subdivisions and site plans must be submitted to the Planning Director at least 15 days prior to the meeting at which they are to be considered. Applicants are required to discuss plans with the Planning Director in advance of the submission deadline - incomplete plans will not be accepted. Six copies of the plan must be submitted, along with the names and addresses of abutters (on mailing labels), application forms, and the appropriate filing/notice fees.
Applicants should review the Town's Zoning, Subdivision, and Site Plan Regulations prior to preparing plans for Planning Board review. These regulations contain information on permitted uses, dimensional restrictions, application procedures, and specific plan requirements. Copies are available for $10 from the Planning Department at the Town Hall.
For additional information, please contact Planning Director Ross A. Moldoff at 603-890-2080.