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To consolidate lots you may own there are a few requirements:
If you have met these two requirements, you can print out the lot consolidation form. The form needs to have the applicant's signature notarized and both the Planning Director and Chief Assessor will also need to sign the document before it can be sent to the Registry. A check will need to be provided at the time of submission for the recording fee. The check should be made out to Rockingham County Registry of Deeds for $20.63 and add $4 for any additional pages needed.
Rockingham County Registry of Deeds
The tax rate for 2023 is $16.96 per thousand of your assessment.
The tax rate is set in October by the DRA. Below is a breakdown of what the $16.96 tax rate goes to:
The assessment ratio for 2022 is 83.7%. This means we are assessing properties at 83.7% of market value as of April 1, 2022.
Your 2023 actual tax bill may differ from this estimate. Other factors that may impact your actual/final 2023 property tax bill include, but are not limited to the following:
You must file in writing with the Assessor's Office by March 1st following the fall tax bill. Forms are available in the Assessor's Office or can be downloaded via the Board of Tax and Land Appeals website.
The tax maps that the town provides only show the shape of your lot. It does not accurately show definitive areas as to where it starts and begins. If your property has ever been surveyed in the past the Building Department should have a copy in their files. If they do not have one then you will need to hire a surveyor to find out your correct lot lines.
The Building Department can be reached at 603-890-2020.
See the Taxation Process page to learn about the Town's taxation process.
If you need to change the mailing address for your tax bill there are several different ways to get this accomplished:
There are several ways to get a copy of a deed. You can:
An abatement is a form of appeal of your property's assessment if you feel you are being unfairly assessed. Under RSA 76:16, municipalities may abate taxes and interest accrued on such tax "for good cause shown". The taxpayer has the burden to prove their property was unfairly assessed compared to similar properties in town as of April 1st for that year's tax bill.
To file for an abatement you must be the owner of record as of April 1st of the tax year being abated. Abatements are only accepted after the second tax bill of the year is received, which is usually in early November.
The deadline to file for an abatement is March 1st
Please use this Abatement Application form (PDF) to file your grievance.
After you file your abatement the Assessor will review the application, call to speak to you further, and possibly set up an appointment to look at the property. Once the Assessor has taken the opportunity to review the property a decision will be made whether to grant or deny the abatement. You will be notified by letter of the outcome of your case.
You can purchase through the Funeral Home or directly from the Town by calling 603-890-2150. A phone call will be returned to you.
Note: in order to purchase a new plot the individual must be deceased (no pre-buying of lots).
Only Salem residents can purchase cemetery plots (no pre-buying of lots).
Credit cards can be used to pay for programs using our online registration platform as well as in the office but not over the phone.
Unfortunately, no. We require payment for the program at the time of registration.
A Facility Request Form is required; you can obtain a form from the Recreation Division's website under Recreation Facilities.
Please visit the Field of Dreams website directly at: http://www.fieldofdreamsnh.org/
All forms should be dropped off and submitted directly to the Field of Dreams.
Please check the Recreation Division's website or Facebook page at 'Salem NH Community Services Department'. For programs you are registered for, a staff member will email you about any cancellations.
16 years old for Camp Counselor positions and junior Adventure Camp counselor positions. 18 years old for Hedgehog Park attendants and Adventure Camp counselors. As with all positions, individuals are hired depending on the experience that they have that is in relation to the job description. Individuals who are applying for playground positions are hired depending on their experience, etc. Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.
You can obtain an application via the Human Resources Department.
When you come into the Recreation Department to register, inform the Recreation Staff that you will miss the first class and we will notify the instructor. If you mail in your registration, please make a note of this on the registration form and we will let the instructor know.
The Town of Salem has two canoe launches. One is behind Garabedian Drive, which is off Hampshire Road and the other on Town Farm Road (parking on the same side of the bridge).
53 Lowell Road (Route 38). Visit our Hedgehog Park page to learn more.
The Town Council set the hours for Trick or Treat with the recommendation of the Salem Police Chief.
Salem Senior Services is a Department of the Town of Salem. We are pleased to offer more than 200 programs, activities and services to our residents, 60 years of age and older. To learn more about registering to participate, visit our Registering to Join the Senior Center page.
Yes, a permit is required to install or newly construct any of the above. For the wells and septic systems a State of New Hampshire licensed Well Water Contractor for wells and a State of New Hampshire licensed Septic System Installer for septic systems are required to obtain the permit prior to starting the work. For water service, sewer service and driveways the Contractor has to be bonded with the Town of Salem and provide Certificates of Insurance to the Town to obtain the permit prior to starting the work.
Please note that septic system and well permits are no longer coordinated with the Engineering Department; please contact the Health Department for questions relative to septic systems and wells.
Yes. A State of New Hampshire licensed Septic System Designer would have to design a new septic system and get it approve by the Town and the State.
If you come in to Town Hall we can check your property file to see if the Town has a copy.
If you come in to Town Hall we can check your property file to see if the Town has a copy. Septic design plans were not required until 1967 so if your home and septic system were built prior to 1967 we will not have a plan and in some cases on homes built after 1967 we may not have a copy.
No, not on your property, if you come in to Town Hall we can check our records to see where the service was left at the street line and can provide information on who the contractor may have been and when the service was installed.
No, not on your property, if you come in to Town Hall we can check our records to see where the service was left at the street line and if it was installed after 1993, who the contractor may have been and when the service was installed. If Town Hall does not have the record for your property you can check with the Utilities Division at Public Works to see if they have a water service tie card for your property.
If you come to Town Hall you can look at the Flood Insurance Rate Maps and make your own determination. We are not allowed by Federal law to interpret the map for you but we can help you in understanding how to read the map. The Lending Institutions are required to make the determination if insurance is needed.
A State of New Hampshire licensed Wetlands Scientist would have to do an investigation on your property to determine if wetlands are present. If wetlands are present and you would like to fill them a State of New Hampshire Dredge and Fill Permit would have to be obtained prior to the filling.
You must purchase a "lawn meter." You would only be billed at the water rate for any water consumption used on your outside faucets if that is how it is plumbed. The costs involved are: the meter (see rate schedule), plumbing costs to plumb the lines for the second meter, and an additional admin fee $5.80 each bill.
Utility bills are due 25 days from the bill date printed on the bill. 30 days after the due date a delinquent notice is mailed to the bill payer on the account and the owner, if the owner is not the bill payer. Within a few weeks from that date, a certified notice will be mailed to the bill payer giving the exact date of shut off. This is usually the first Wednesday of the month for commercial accounts and the third Wednesday of the month for residential accounts.
Payment in full of all overdue bills is due in our office by 5 pm of the previous day. If payment is not received by that time, a shut off and turn on fee of $50 would be placed on the account. This fee is due whether you are shut off that day or not. All payments at that time would need to be made by cash or money order only.
All of the overdue charges including the shut off and turn on fees would then need to be paid to the Billing Department personnel in the Town Hall before the water would be turned back on. If you are unable to pay your bill by the deadline date for the shut off, we ask that you call our office as soon as possible to make other arrangements. Depending on which you might qualify for, you will either be allowed to enter into a payment plan with the Town or be directed to the Human Services Department for assistance.
About halfway down on your bill, on the left hand side, there is a long gray box. The fourth item over says "estimated." In the box underneath this, your bill will state "Estimate" if we estimated your bill for any reason. You may call our office and we can see why we had to estimate your bill.
If a final reading was taken before you purchased the home, your name may already be on the account. You may call us to confirm whether a final reading was taken or not. If a final reading was not taken, you should call us as soon as possible. Depending upon how much time has passed since you took ownership of the home, we would handle this in different ways. Since the current owner is ultimately responsible for all balances due on the utility account whether they are from before you moving in or after, the sooner we are notified of any changes in ownership, the smaller any previous consumption balances may be.
Call our office as soon as possible to schedule a final water reading. We will ask for some initial information, i.e. date of closing, buyer's names, closing attorney's information, etc. The meters can be read from the office. There is no need for anyone to meet us at the property. We will submit the final bill to your attorney to be collected at the closing and then remove your name from the account and put the new owner's name/s on the account.
If you think there is a problem, we suggest you call our office.
Your meter is generally found in your basement and is your actual meter. It may be read by shining a very strong flashlight directly onto the top screen. The outside device, usually on the same wall as the inside meter is found, is a transmitter and cannot be opened. The meters usually have 6 digits on them that read like a speedometer.
If you have an exceptionally high bill, consider if any time since the last time your meter was read, you either watered a lawn, filled a pool, had extra people at the house, had a leaky toilet or faucet repaired, etc. This will help us in determining why your water bill may be higher than normal. If your bill seems exceptionally low, consider if you have been away for an extended period of time, did you have some people move out of the house i.e., children away at college, someone passed away, etc.
We will be more than happy to help you resolve any issues within our abilities. It may require you calling a plumber to make repairs.
This depends upon which route you are read on. Meters are read all month. One third of the residential accounts are billed each month. Every commercial account is billed each month. The last 2 digits of your account number after the dash are your route number. Find these numbers in the following table and follow across for the bill issue date and the due date.
It is the administrative cost to process your bill. It covers the cost to read the meter, process the bill, the cost of the bills, the postage, etc.
Betterment fees are an annual charge to help cover the cost of putting a water or sewer line in your neighborhood. Under our current policy, betterment fees are based on half of the total project cost divided by the total number of hookups connected to your particular line. This cost is divided over the number of years of the bond payment to pay off the construction costs. The other half is calculated in the water or sewer rates and charged accordingly to all water and/or sewer users in town. The bills are issued annually in April and are due in May. They cover the time period from April 1st of the year they are issued until March 31st of the following year.
Since these are bond payments we are collecting, we cannot collect them in advance if you were to move. The betterment payments are attached to the house and are billable to whoever is the owner of record as of April 1st of each year. If you are selling your house, your attorney may prorate the amount over the year. You must speak to them about making arrangements for that.
You need to call our office. Depending upon the reason for the change, we may need to do a final reading.
Usually this is due to a water main break in your neighborhood. Water (Public Works) Department personnel must turn off the water to repair the line. It is only off as long as is required to repair the pipes. Inquiries about the status of main breaks should be made by calling the Public Works Department at 603-890-2150. We cannot feasibly notify everyone door to door that we need to turn the water off in an emergency like this. We can assure you that it is only done if necessary and will be restored as soon as possible.
You are probably looking at the "Bill Date" rather than the "Due Date" of your current charges. Residential bills are issued quarterly and are generally mailed on the last day of the month. The current charges are due on the 25th of the following month. On the right side of your payment stub there is a box with the due date for the current charges on your bill. If you have a previous balance, that balance is due upon receipt.
These notices are generated 30 days after a bill is due. They are mailed to the owner of the property and the bill payer, if the name is different. As the notice states, if the bill is received by our office without delay, no further action will take place.
If payment is not received promptly, a certified letter will be mailed informing you of the ensuing shutoff date and a certified fee will be placed on your account. If you have sent a payment in to us in the last few days it may have crossed in the mail with the notice and you may be able to disregard the notice. Although, it would probably be beneficial to call us to confirm we received your payment.
Call our office as soon as possible to schedule a final water reading. The meters can be read from the office. There is no need for anyone to meet us at the property.
We would prefer that you did. This will prevent us from estimating your bill, assuming that your meter is stuck. We will ask you some simple questions such as when you will be leaving and returning, a contact name and number for any emergencies, if the water is off or on in the house, etc. All information given to us is confidential. Your phone number is only used by us in cases of emergencies and not given out to anyone. If we do not know that your house is vacant and we notice no consumption and cannot contact you, we will be required to estimate your bill based on your past history of consumption.
No, we do not bill in advance. We bill for water consumption that has gone through your meter. If for some reason we could not read your meter, i.e., snow is covering it, a dog is in the yard, your remote meter is reading the same as the previous quarter, etc., we may estimate your account if we have reason to believe the house is not vacant and there is not a valid reason for no consumption. We will base your estimate on your past history of water consumption. Your bill will state that it was estimated charges. Once we can get access to the meter your account would be adjusted for any differences.
You may call Administrative Assistant Pam Russell at 603-890-2208 to receive information regarding reports or see our Obtaining Reports (PDF) resource.
The Town of Salem is approximately 26 square miles. Salem's residential population is nearly 30,000 persons but our daytime population is estimated to exceed 80,000 persons and growing. Because Interstate 93 along with other state highways travel through Salem, we estimate a continuous stream of people and commerce traveling through our Town.
Salem Fire also has mutual aid agreements with the surrounding towns and cities (both in MA and NH) which we will provide services if requested.
Salem Fire Department operates out of three fire stations.
Burning brush in Salem is allowed following strict rules. A permit is required per NH RSA 227-L:7, and must be obtained at any one of our three fire stations or online through the New Hampshire Division of Forest and Lands website, prior to any open burning.
Once you have obtained your permit you must follow the Salem General Outside Burning Rules
Please understand that if the fire department receives a request to check on a fire (permitted or not) we will always come out. That does not mean that someone with a permit has done anything wrong - but we always err on the side of caution and may stop by.
A newly constructed home by today's fire codes requires a hard-wired smoke detector on each floor in addition to a hard-wired detector in each bedroom.
We recommend the same number of detectors for maximum coverage and protection in existing homes as well.
If you are renting a property, the landlord is required to install smoke detectors within your unit.
No. Per code, the use, sale, distribution, or possession of fireworks are prohibited in Salem at all times. More specifically, Salem Municipal Code Chapter 260-8 Amendments to the International Fire Code section 3301.1.3 Fireworks:
The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling, use, or explosion of Division 1.3G and 1.4G (Class B and C) fireworks is prohibited.
You may conduct a file review by scheduling an appointment with the Records Clerk Debra Scafidi. Call 603-890-2209 for further information.
Firefighting is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States. We recommend becoming familiar with the various careers within the fire service, including becoming a firefighter, paramedic, hazardous material technician, fire prevention inspector, arson investigator, and fire alarm operator.
The New Hampshire Fire Academy (NHFA) holds entry-level written and physical ability testing annually. Anyone interested in becoming a firefighter in our department must contact the NHFA and make an application to participate in their testing process. The NHFA will forward to the Salem Fire Department a roster of successful applicants. NHFA is located at:222 Sheep Davis RoadConcord, NH 03301
From this roster, we may invite selected candidates to participate in our oral board. If a candidate successfully completes this process (oral board and Chief's interview), he or she may be placed on an eligibility list. This list is generally good for one year.
The Town of Salem is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages members of both genders and all ethnic backgrounds to apply.
It is recommended to first test soon after a new well is installed, thereafter every 3 to 5 years, whenever there is a change in property ownership, or whenever there is a noticeable change in the water quality, including changes in taste, odor, or color.
Pursuant to the Board of Selectmen's adoption of revisions to Salem Chapter 253-Salem Disposal Systems and Wells, the following well test results and requirements shall be met prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy on any building serviced by a well in the town of Salem:
In all new construction, prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy and in all well replacements, a State of New Hampshire-certified testing lab shall do a well water analysis of the following parameters:
All test results shall be submitted to the Health Division and shall meet EPA Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) Standards prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. All VOCs shall be identified and quantified. All parameters that exceed the MCL shall be remediated through the installation of the appropriate filtration system at the well intake.
The first step is to hire a State of New Hampshire Licensed Septic System Designer. He or she will contact the Health Department to schedule a test pit to determine if the system can be replaced in kind or if a new system needs to be designed.
It is recommended that the tank be pumped every 2 to 3 years.
The rules and regulations established by the State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services, Subsurface Bureau, and the Water Resource Management Bureau form a part of Salem Chapter 253 - Sewage Disposal Systems and Wells. A copy of the local regulations may be obtained at Town Hall or through the website. Permits must be obtained from the Health Department. Applicable State Regulations must be obtained through the appropriate State Department.
For Septic System Designs, the homeowner shall:
For Septic System Installation, the homeowner shall:
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A vendor may send information regarding their company to the Information Technology Department by submitting this form.
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 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.
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.
The existing facility exhibits a range of deficiencies that impede its functionality and safety. Notably, it fails to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, lacks a sprinkler system, and cannot simultaneously accommodate interviews with multiple victims or suspects. The absence of proper segregation between criminal and non-criminal spaces, insufficient sight and sound separation for different detainee groups, and the lack of accessible restrooms pose serious limitations.
Moreover, the infrastructure is inadequate, outdated, and faulty. The building's design does not align with modern technological needs, and there are concerns related to electrical overloads and inadequate temperature control for IT equipment. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system's inefficiency leads to temperature imbalances across the facility. Numerous deficiencies are noted in the fire alarm system, and some operational aspects, like detainee transportation and plumbing, present ongoing challenges.
Severe overcrowding compounds these issues. Essential units, such as the Investigations Unit, operate from an outdated trailer, leading to storage challenges and the repurposing of detainee cells for record storage. Evidence storage inadequacies, constrained locker space, and the lack of proper office arrangements further hinder efficient operations. Additionally, efforts to secure federal grant funding for agency improvement are hampered by the building's limitations, impeding workspace and storage solutions required for new personnel, equipment, and documentation.
Specialty units’ resort to sheds for equipment storage, while multi-functional rooms, like the roll call/briefing space, struggle to accommodate the needs of a growing employee count. Dispatch capabilities fall short, with an insufficient setup for potential simultaneous dispatchers. The facility's shortcomings extend to areas such as School Resource Officer workspaces, on-site Animal Control Services, and personnel record storage. In sum, these deficiencies collectively hinder the agency's operational effectiveness, safety, and potential for community service enhancement.
The new facility will be built on the site of the current police station at 9 Veterans Memorial Parkway.
The Municipal Building Advisory Committee did look at other sites including a location off of Stiles Road and Abanki Park at 71 Geremonty Drive.
Yes. The Municipal Building Advisory Committee (MBAC), the Police Department staff, and the Town Council are unanimous in their belief the present site is the most optimal for the new facility. This consensus is driven by several compelling factors: first, there is no expenditure involved in acquiring land from the taxpayers; second, the location boasts a strategically central position; and finally, there exists ample space for the construction of the facility.
During the construction of the new facility, the current station will not be operational. To ensure continued service, staff will be temporarily relocated. The process will involve demolishing the existing station before constructing the new facility in its place.
The Town would need to finance the majority of the cost of the facility through bonds paid through taxes. Additionally, Public Safety Impact Fees will be allocated toward the bond principal.
Bonds may be issued in phases. Savings in construction costs or contributions from grants or donors would be used to reduce the amount the Town had to bond or repay the bonds early.
At this time, there are no grants or Federal funding for brick and mortar projects, however there are grant opportunities available for certain aspects of the project, such as technology, communication, and energy saving projects. To take advantage of grant money, the full project must be funded and ready for construction. Staff is prepared to research and apply for grants once the project is funded and ready to be built. Any contributions or grants the Town secured would be used to reduce the cost of the bond amount or used to pay off the bonds early.
The proposed police range would be approximately 3,100 square feet, depending on design options. This building is a small portion of the projected cost for the whole facility. The proposed range will address the Police Department’s current training needs and support long-term training goals. The on-site range building would allow officers to move from the classroom immediately to training exercises where critical thinking and decision-making skills are honed under stressful conditions in a controlled environment. An on-site range reduces problems related to travel costs to other facilities, lack of availability at other facilities, and lack of integration into a regular training regimen. The construction of the range will provide an adequate training facility for several decades.
The Police Department is happy to schedule a tour for residents. Residents may call the station at (603) 893-1911 to arrange a tour.
The Town also has a video that shows the condition of the station posted on the Town website.
Call Liberty Utilities at 855-349-9455
During regular work hours call 603-890-2150, after hours leave a message.
Call the DPW at 603-890-2150 after hours leave a message.
You will need to call the Fish and Game Department at 603-271-3421.
Call 603-890-2150, if it is after hours you can call the fire department business line at 603-890-2200, they will dispatch our on-call foreman to respond.
When arriving at the Transfer Station you will notice the different locations to place your bundles. Please ask the attendant for further instruction. When you enter the Transfer Station with C&D Material you will see the attendant first. The attendant at the trash building will accept your filled out coupon and direct you to the proper dumpster.
You must purchase a Transfer Station permit which includes 3 bulky waste coupons at Town Hall - Town Clerk Office with your vehicle registration. Effective date is September 1st annually.
Yes, there is a drop box located on the front stairs of the Town Hall and on the side of the building. Put your check in a sealed envelope along with a copy of the bill that is being paid. Cash is not an acceptable form of payment using this method.
The online system will reflect the balance of the outstanding invoice(s) with interest and fees calculated as of that date. Call 603-890-2109 and we can verbally calculate the interest through the date of payment and/or send a printed statement via first class mail, email, or fax.
Access our Invoice Cloud Online Payment Portal and follow the instructions accordingly. There is no fee for an e-check, but you will be charged a fee of 2.95% of the total payment by the credit/debit card companies.
Call 603-890-2109 for verbal information; statements can be sent via first class mail, email, or fax.
Bills are sent to the address of the last known owner by state law. The Assessor's Office updates its records according to transfers received from the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds after they have been recorded. Your attorney or title company who handled the closing should have checked the status of taxes due. However, it is your responsibility as the new owner to make sure taxes are paid and to advise the assessing department of your mailing address in writing. If you have any questions concerning this, refer to your closing statement or call us at 603-890-2109.
Any tax bill not paid by the due date is considered delinquent. Interest is calculated at the designated annual percentage rate (APR) on any delinquent bill.
Throughout the State of New Hampshire, the tax year runs from April 1 through the following March. Assessments of your property are made as of its value on April 1st of each tax year and will appear on your property tax bill.
There are two bills issued per year; the first bill is an estimate based on one half of the previous year's tax. This bill is mailed out near the end of May and is usually due July 1st every year. The State of New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration sets the tax rate for the year in the fall. The final bill is calculated using the new tax rate multiplied by your property's assessed value as of April 1st, less any payments made on the first bill. The second bill is mailed by the end of October and is usually due December 1st each year. Partial payments on property tax accounts are always accepted.
It is the property owner's responsibility to forward the tax bill to their bank or mortgage company for payment if their taxes are held in escrow.
Due to very limited staffing, we are fulfilling Marriage License Applications by appointment only (please do not contact us more than 30 days from the actual wedding day).
Town Hall is open to the Public, Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm. Marriage License Application Appointments are available between 9 am and 4 pm. Please contact the Town Clerk at 603-890-2116 or Deputy Town Clerk at 603-890-2111 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are first come-first served and only when available. We cannot accommodate any Walk-In Marriage License applications at this time.
Once an appointment has been made, please bring the following with you to the Town Hall:
Both you and your fiancée must be present to complete the "Certificate of Intention of Marriage" (a.k.a. Marriage License Application). Please allow yourself 30 to 45 minutes to complete the entire application process. Witnesses are not required for the application process. However, translators are recommended to attend the application process with the applicants as we do not have translation services available.
Once the process is completed, the applicants will leave with a NH Marriage License that is valid for 90 days. The Officiant must complete their portion of the license following their presiding over the marriage ceremony, civil or religious. The license must be returned to the Salem Town Clerk within 6 days from the marriage ceremony for entry into the NH Vital Records database.
Marriage Certificates can be requested and purchased from any town or city within the State of New Hampshire once the marriage information has been recorded with the NH Vital Records Division. Please see the Town of Salem's procedures for attaining certified Marriage Certificates: Vital Records Request.
Please know the Town of Salem and State of New Hampshire have many laws and ordinances with respect to the registration of vehicles. As Municipal Agents for the NH Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Clerks for the Town of Salem, we must follow all current laws and ordinances. There are certain, required procedures and documents that MUST be provided for all registration transactions. In other words, we do not make the laws, we must follow them.
Registering vehicles in the State of New Hampshire must start at the municipal/local level, first: at the Salem Town Hall. As Municipal Agents for the NH DMV, we are able to perform most state registration functions such as issuing passenger, trailer and motorcycle plates. Specialty registrations and plates, such as Antique and Veteran, must be completed at the NH DMV. A nominal fee of $3 is automatically added to each transaction that we are completing on behalf of the NH DMV, thereby saving you an additional trip to the NH DMV to complete the registration process.
For vehicles, motorcycles or trailers (utility, boat or camper) purchased from an Out-of-State Dealership or Private Sale or Moved into Salem from Out-of-State, please present the following at time of registration at the Town Hall:
For vehicles, motorcycles or trailers (utility, boat or camper) purchased from a New Hampshire Dealership, please present the following at time of registration at the Town Hall:
For an estimate of registration fees on new and renewed vehicle registrations: NH Vehicle Estimator:
Welcome to Salem!! With any luck, you will quickly discover that here is way better than there!
Per state law, you have 60 days to convert your driver's license and vehicle registration(s) if you moved from out of state. If you moved within the State of NH, you have 30 days to update your address.
In both cases, you will need to establish Residency with the Assessing Department. The Assessing Department is located in the bottom floor, backside of the Town Hall. Please see their Residency procedures on the Becoming a Resident page. Once Residency is established, you may register your vehicle(s) per our instructions in the following FAQ: Registering a Vehicle in Salem.
For new residents to the State of NH, you can register your vehicle(s) prior to attaining a NH Driver's License. However, we highly recommend you make an appointment with the NH Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to attain your NH license in the meantime. You may also call the NH DMV directly to make an appointment at 603-227-4000, although your wait time may be lengthy.
For NH residents moving from another NH town/city into Salem, you do not need a new license or vehicle registration (if it is not due for renewal, yet). You may change your address directly with the NH DMV by completing a Record Change Request Form (PDF) and mailing it directly to the address on the form, or dropping it off at the Salem DMV at 154 Main Street (behind Romano's Pizzeria). Please do not bring this form to the Town Clerk's Office. We cannot process an address change unless there is a motor vehicle transaction (i.e. renewal, plate transfer).
For more information on obtaining vital records we recommend visiting our Certified Vital Records page.
Congratulations on your recent nuptials and best wishes to a happy future together!!
Now, on to the essentials:
The new 2023-2024 Landfill/Dump stickers (purple) are now available!
Landfill permits are obtained in the bottom floor of the Town Hall in the Collections Area. You will need a current, valid registration (or a photocopy) of the vehicle on which the landfill sticker will be going onto showing a Salem address. If you are not a Salem resident, or your vehicle registration does not have a Salem address on it, you will need to provide proof that you own property in Salem, as well as provide your current, out-of-town or -state vehicle registration.
The cost of the permit is $45 and expires on September 30, annually. The fee is not prorated. If you are 65 years of age or older, you may obtain one free permit for your personal vehicle, only. Each additional permit costs $45. The pricing is per the Fee Schedule (PDF) adopted by the Board of Selectmen. If you are a veteran that is 100% permanently & totally disabled, you may obtain a free permit with proof of your "100% permanent and total disability" from the Veterans Administration. Please bring in your VA Disability letter showing your "100% permanent and total disability" rating.
Landfill permits come with three "bulky" coupons attached for large items. Only one set of landfill bulky coupons is allowed per household per year. You may purchase additional landfill permits for additional vehicles, but they will not include the bulky coupons.
The landfill (also known as the Transfer Station or Dump) is located on Shannon Road. Take Route 97 (Main Street) to Hampstead Street, which will become Shannon Road. The landfill is about one mile on the left.
You have other options for Landfill/Dump Sticker renewal if you do not wish to come to the Town Hall:
Please mail in a $45 check or money order made payable to the "Town of Salem," a standard Number 10 business size self-addressed stamped envelope, and a photocopy of your current registration for the vehicle that the landfill/dump sticker will be going onto the following address:Town Clerk33 Geremonty DriveSalem, NH 03079
Cash is not an acceptable form of payment using this method.
At the front of the Town Hall, please drop off a sealed envelope labeled "Town Clerk" including a $45 check or money order made payable to the "Town of Salem," a standard Number 10 business size self-addressed stamped envelope, and a photocopy of your current registration for the vehicle that the landfill/dump sticker will be going on. Cash is not an acceptable form of payment using this method.
Please note: If a self-addressed stamped envelope is not provided with mail/drop box requests, the landfill sticker will remain at the Town Clerk's Office until retrieved by the requestor.
We recommend visiting our Dog Licenses page to learn more about licensing dogs in the Town of Salem.
In an effort to go green and save on ink, paper and postage, the Salem Town Clerk's Office is collecting email addresses from residents in order to email the complimentary renewal notifications. Residents with email addresses already on record with the Town Clerk's Office and/or NH Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will receive an email notification from EB2gov.com, our 3rd party collections company, to assist in the registration renewal process. Within that email is a link directly to the EB2gov website to renew your vehicle's registration. Should you not receive that email notification directly in your inbox, we recommend that you check any other folders associated with that email address, depending upon the security preferences of your internet/email provider and email software (i.e. Outlook, etc.).
Should you not receive the renewal notice by mail or email, do not worry - you can still renew your vehicle registration(s)! You have three options:
If you are unsure of your registration fees, please see the online renewal procedures, above, or refer to the previous year's registration(s) (State Fees listed in upper right corner; Local/Municipal Fees listed in lower right corner). This applies to vehicles over 5 years old from the original manufacturer's date. Newer vehicle registration fees depreciate within the first 5 years from manufacturer's date.
You can conveniently apply for a duplicate or replacement Title, and it takes no more than a few minutes of your time. In New Hampshire, titles are processed by the Division of Motor Vehicles - Bureau of Title and Anti-Theft. When you want to sell your car, you'll need to supply the vehicle title. Titles can become lost, stolen, damaged or illegible, necessitating their replacement. A duplicate title is easy to acquire with a few forms and supporting documents. Note: When there is a lien on a title, such as when the vehicle was purchased with a loan, the title is mailed to the lienholder.
Aside from needing a duplicate if you lose your car's title, you'll need it if and when you sell it. You can apply for a duplicate title by mail or in person at most NH Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices. To get a duplicate title:
A duplicate title will be mailed to you within 10 business days. The Town Clerk's Office does not hold vehicle titles, nor do we provide the duplicates/replacements.
Salem's Supervisors of the Checklist ("Supervisors") administer voter registration.
Voter registration applications can be picked up and submitted at the Town Clerk's Office, Town Hall, 33 Geremonty Drive, during regular business hours. The Supervisors will hold additional special hours just before elections and before the beginning of a filing period. Voter registration closes 10 days before an election, however New Hampshire permits same day voter registration at the polling places.
You are required to show proof of age, residency and citizenship. Acceptable forms of proof of age include a driver's license, passport or birth certificate. A driver's license, utility bill or other mailed correspondence is acceptable for proof of residency. A passport, birth certificate or naturalization papers are proof of citizenship. Citizenship and residency affidavits are available if you cannot provide necessary documentation.
When you register to vote you are registered for all elections, and town and school meetings.
Licenses are available at many sporting goods stores or you may contact the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department at 603-352-9669.
The Town of Salem does not license businesses; however new business owners are encouraged to call the Town of Salem Code Enforcement Department to ensure the location is properly zoned for business: 603-890-2080. Businesses and corporations are required to file with the NH Secretary of State's Office in Concord NH (call 603-271-3246) or the Secretary of State's Business Division.
The Town of Salem also has an ordinance regarding home businesses in Residential properties. Please contact the Building Department for Code Enforcement information by calling 603-890-2020 or 603-890-2209.
Town elections are held annually on the second Tuesday in March.
The Presidential Primary election is held, usually, in January every four years always in an even-numbered year. Every two years (also in even-numbered years) there is a State Primary election held on the second Tuesday in September and a State General Election held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Every four years this election also includes the Presidential election.
Boats, canoes, etc., can be registered at a Boat Agent listed with the State of NH: Authorized Boat Agents.
Unfortunately, the Town Clerk of Salem is not an authorized boat agent and cannot answer any questions regarding boat registrations.
For further information on registering a boat in the State of NH, please go to the NH Boat Registrations page.
Construction debris (C&D) and wood (ex. 2 by 4 inch studs, plywood, decking, etc.) are not accepted at the Landfill/Transfer Station on Shannon Road in Salem. However, the LL&S Transfer Station, at 87 Lowell Road in Salem, will accept C&D from Salem residents, only. C&D Coupons are available for purchase at the Town Clerk's/Collections Office. Coupons are $25 each and are good for up to 500 pounds of material (to be disposed of at one time). Anything over that weight will be charged $0.07 per pound in cash, only, at the time of disposal. The current year's C&D Coupons expire on September 30th.
Please contact LL&S at 603-894-9800 for acceptable materials for disposal, hours of operation and any further questions.
There is a limit of three coupons per household per year.
Please note: These coupons are separate from the three Transfer Station Bulky coupons issued with your annual Landfill/Transfer Station Permit.
For an estimate of fees on new and renewed vehicle registrations visit the NH Vehicle Estimator.
The State of NH prorates new vehicle registration fees by the month not by the day. For example, your registration fees on January 1st will be the same as on January 31st for new-to-you vehicle registrations.
For water/utility and property taxes: cash and check, only.
For all vehicle registration activities, landfill/dump/transfer station passes, construction debris coupons, electronic device disposal stickers, dog licenses, marriage licenses and vital records requests: cash, check, credit card and debit card.
Voting information can be found in the Town's Local and State Elections page, including information on how to register, how to vote absentee and a searchable map of the districts and polling places.
When you apply we will give you a list of area Justices of the Peace. You may also find a listing on the Internet or in the yellow pages.
Both of these are obtained through the federal government. Passport applications may be obtained at the Post Office. Social Security cards or applications are available at any Social Security Office. The telephone numbers are listed in the telephone book under United States Government.
Genealogy research may be done at the Bureau of Vital Records at 6 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. They have a genealogy room and maintain records for all cities and towns in New Hampshire from 1640. They also have divorce records from 1880. The Town Clerk's office in Salem does not have the facilities or manpower to do genealogy research. Due to the conditions of our records, genealogy research cannot be done in this office.
Visit the State of NH Bureau of Vital Records website to learn more.
Registration may be completed at the Town Clerk's Office during regular business hours, during any scheduled supervisor session, and on election day at your polling location. Please note, the only time you are unable to complete a voter registration form is in the 10 days immediately preceding any election.
You are required to provide proof of age, residency and citizenship. Acceptable documents to verify age include: driver's license, passport or birth certificate. A driver's license can also be used to verify residency if it has your current Salem address. Otherwise, acceptable documents to verify residency include: utility bill, mortgage statement, credit card statement, bank statement or other similar document which shows your name and your current Salem address. If you were born outside of the United States, you will be asked to provide a passport or naturalization papers. Citizenship and residency affidavits are available if you cannot provide necessary documentation.
Once registered to vote, you can participate in all elections held in Salem as well as the Town and School Deliberative Sessions, generally held in early February prior to the March Town Election.
The following are reasons for which one is eligible to vote absentee:
An official Absentee Ballot Request Form may be obtained at the Town Clerk's Office either in person or by mail. Voters may write a letter of request for an absentee ballot. Official request forms may also be downloaded/printed: State Absentee Ballot Request 2024. All requests require a signature.
If you are a Salem voter, mail your request to:
Salem Town Clerk33 Geremonty DriveSalem, NH 03079
Make your vote count! Carefully follow the instructions enclosed with your ballot. After marking your ballot, fold the marked ballot and seal it in the small affidavit envelope (Form A). Read and sign the affidavit envelope (Form A) and then place it in the return envelope and mail it to the Town Clerk's Office. Affix postage and mail the envelope so that it is received no later than 5 pm on election day by mail. If the ballot is hand delivered personally by the voter, it must be received at the Town Clerk's Office no later than 5 pm the day before election day. Absentee ballots delivered by the voter's delivery agent shall be received by the Town Clerk no later than 5 pm the day of the election.
Important Notice: Do not deposit your Absentee Ballots in the drop boxes located outside the Salem Town Hall; your ballot will be considered invalid and, therefore, not counted.
You can track the status of your absentee ballot via the NH Absentee Ballot Status page.
View the Official Inventory of Streets and Polling Places (PDF). Click on the map for interactive guidance. Enter a street address or zoom to your residence then click to find polling information.
Much like 1st time voter registration, Salem's Supervisors of the Checklist ("Supervisors") administer voter registration changes.
Changes to voter registration information (i.e. voter's name, residence, party affiliation, etc.) may be completed at the Town Clerk's Office during regular business hours, during any scheduled supervisor session, and on election day at your polling location. Please note, the only time you are unable to complete a voter registration form for any changes is in the 10 days immediately preceding any election.
Note: Party affiliation changes cannot be made within 90 days immediately preceding a primary election. Primary elections typically occur every even year in January and/or September.
Unless there are serious circumstances, participants are strongly encouraged to attend every session due to the high demand for spots. Please contact Joe Devine by email or via telephone at 603-890-2107 if there are any concerns about any dates.
The program is completely free of charge.
Yes, anyone over the age of 18 may apply, but preference will be given to Salem residents and business owners before other considerations.
One cubic foot of water is equivalent to 7.48 gallons. One hundred cubic feet would equal 748 gallons.
Water Department personnel must complete removal of the outside remote. Call the Utilities Division at 603-890-2175 to arrange for the removal and reinstallation of your outside remote. There is no charge for this service
Usually this is due to a water main break in your neighborhood. The Utilities Division personnel must turn off the water to repair the line. It is only off as long as is required to repair the pipes. Inquiries about the status of main breaks should be made by calling the Public Works Department at 603-890-2150.
We cannot feasibly notify everyone door to door that we need to turn the water off in an emergency like this. We can assure you that it is only done if necessary and will be restored as soon as possible.
It is considered Soft. Water hardness refers to the concentration of certain minerals, particularly those containing calcium and magnesium. People tend to ask about hardness after reading the owner's manual for a new dishware or washing machine. This is because hardness minerals inhibit the sudsing action of soaps and detergents. In areas of the country where water is very hard, these mineral deposits can damage boilers and block water pipes.
No, the Town does not add fluoride to the water supply.
Only if the valve is part of a complete meter horn assembly. Most older services (Prior to 1985) would not fit into this category. Otherwise, the valve replacement would be the responsibility of the property owner. The water supply to your home would have to be shut off at the curb stop to allow for the valve change. Please contact 890-2175 to schedule an appointment. There is no fee for this service provided it takes place during normal business hours. (Monday through Friday 7 am to 3: 30 pm)
Water main breaks, along with other disruptions of flow can cause discoloration in the distribution system.
Turbidity is the cloudiness of water. This cloudiness is caused by particles, largely clay, that are so tiny they will not settle out of the water on their own. These particles are undesirable because they interfere with disinfection.