Waterfront Planning in NH

Waterfront Planning and Shoreline Permitting for NH Lakefront, Oceanfront, Beachfront, and Wetland Properties

Waterfront and shoreline permitting for oceanfront, shoreline, beachfront and wetlands parcels from professional landscape architects with decades of experience

Waterfront site planning and getting shoreline permits for development issued for oceanfront or beachfront parcels on the NH coast, and for any of the many New Hampshire lakes, bodies of water and wetlands in RyePortsmouthSeabrookNorth HamptonNew Castle and Hampton is the first step in building your dream beachfront, oceanfront, or lakeside home.

Living near the water is a truly special thing. Residents of NH, ME and MA alike are drawn to the calm, beautiful waters and the year-round recreation and relaxation they afford. Time with family and friends over long, hazy summers, or sipping coffee by the waterfront brings a feeling like no other.

To protect this beauty, waterfront land up to 250 feet from water’s edge falls under the regulation of each state’s version of the Shoreline Protection Act. These acts impose boundaries, limiting activities near a shoreline – even on private property. The use of mechanical equipment, tree and stump removal, and vegetation restrictions of the shoreline are allowed only when certain conditions are met. If not, steep fines can accrue.

Waterfront planning for New Hampshire’s shoreline, whether it be oceanfront, beachfront, lakefront or other wetland properties must also adhere to certain conditions that must be considered in your master waterfront site plan before construction begins. Steeper grades, septic system setbacks and view regulations are but some. We consider all the factors associated with waterfront shoreline permitting and land planning and are skilled in crafting all necessary impact statements.

You love where you live, you want the good life, and the process of designing and implementing a plan for your waterfront, lakefront, beachfront or oceanfront residence is an exciting time. We strive to give our clients the best possible customer care. When the job is done, we feel the pride of the homeowner as if it were our own…

Similarly, building near wetlands – land that is marsh, swamp, or saturated – also leaves you subject to regulations. Setbacks, proper silt fence placement and vegetation requirements are examples of things to consider. If you are thinking about developing on the shoreline, or near wetlands, we can help with any phase of the project, from site planning, permitting, to design and project management.

Large waterfront, lakefront, beachfront or oceanfront parcels are hard to come by, and even a small tract along the shoreline can be expensive. Clients who want to build as big a house as possible face restrictions on lakefront, oceanfront and beachfront home construction sites, including the amount of land that can be covered by an impervious surface, the footprint of the structure, decks, docks, and any detached garage or driveway.  As waterfront land planners serving NH, MA, and ME for many years, we have helped residents gain the maximum amount of space for their waterfront property.

When you consult with the waterfront planning professionals at Terrain Planning & Design you are sure to get the most out of your property, avoid costly fines, and know that you have done your part in keeping New Hampshire’s inland waterfront and coastal lands pure for years to come, including yours!

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New Hampshire Waterfront and Seacoast Towns we Offer Wetlands, Lakefront, Oceanfront and Beachfront Waterfront Planning and Shoreline Permitting Services to

  • Lake Sunapee
  • Lake Winnipesaukee
  • Newfound Lake
  • Squam Lake
  • Northwood Lake
  • Bow Lake
  • Ossipee Lake
  • Lake Winnesquam
  • Rye
  • Hampton
  • Portsmouth
  • Seabrook
  • North Hampton
  • New Castle
  • Hampton
  • Other Lakefront and Ocean Front Towns in New Hampshire

Throughout the course of your project it may be necessary to interface with the local zoning department and the necessary State Departments responsible for shoreline regulations. We handle all of that interaction as part of our services so you don’t have to. However, if you are looking for any pre-project questions to be answered in general, you can always call us for an unbiased opinion, or alternatively the local zoning and planning department for Rye, Portsmouth, Seabrook, North Hampton, New Castle and Hampton, noted below.

Town of Rye Zoning Department
10 Central Rd
Rye, NH 03870

Town of Portsmouth Zoning Department
1 Junkins Ave #1
NH 03801

Town of Seabrook Zoning Department
58 Government Way
Somersworth, NH 03878

Town of North Hampton Zoning Department
100 Winnacunnet Rd
NH 03842

Town of New Castle Zoning Department
100 Winnacunnet Rd
NH 03842

Town of Hampton Zoning Department
100 Winnacunnet Rd
NH 03842

Waterfront Planning & Shoreline, Oceanfront, Beachfront and Wetlands Permitting for Your NH oceanfront, Lakefront and Wetlands Property is a Just a Call Away.

For experienced waterfront planning on lakefront, oceanfront, beachfront, wetlands properties as well as shoreline permitting, trust the landscape architects for MA, NH and ME property owners, Terrain Planning & Design. See some of these beautiful properties in our extensive portfolio and then call us for a free consultation, (603) 746-3512.

About Terrain Planning

Terrain Planning is a NH residential and commercial landscape architectural firm staffed with licensed landscape architects specializing in landscape architecture design and planning, land use planning, wetland permitting, landscape design, landscape contracting and construction project management with a keen eye for both natural and sustainable landscapes. Landscape design and architectural services include backyard landscape design, outdoor kitchen design, swimming pool design, patio, drive and walkway design, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, ponds and waterfalls, playground and park design, shoreline wetlands planning and permitting, shoreline erosion planning and construction, as well as residential development planning


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311 Kast Hill Road
Hopkinton NH 03229
Tel: (603) 746-3512

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