Shoreline and Wetlands Permitting

Shoreline Permitting for NH, ME and MA Oceanfront, Beachfront and Wetlands Properties. Don’t go Alone!

Pre-construction master planning and permitting for shoreline, oceanfront, beachfront and wetlands parcels from professional architects with decades of experience!

shoreline-permitting-nh-and-maGetting Shoreline development permits issued for oceanfront or beachfront parcels on the New Hampshire, Maine, or Massachusetts seacoast, or for inland wetland property, is the first step in building your dream lakefront or ocean side home. Living near the water is a truly special thing. Residents of ME, MA and VT 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 a woodstove as ice moves over the lake and the wind howls, brings a feeling like no other.

To protect this beauty, 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.

Shoreline and wetland properties must also adhere to certain conditions that must be considered in your master site plan before construction begins. Steeper grades, septic system setbacks and view regulations are but some. We consider all the factors associated with lakefront 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 lakefront 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 lakefront 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 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 land planners in the Lakes Region for many years, we have helped residents gain the maximum amount of space for their lakefront property.

New Hampshire Seacoast Towns we Offer Oceanfront and Beachfront Shoreline Permitting Services to

Whether it’s on Winnipesaukee or in the Lakes Region, Lake Sunapee or the beautiful seacoast area, when you consult 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 lakes and streams pure for years to come.

Other Service We Offer:

  • Landscape Architecture and Design
  • Project Management
  • Playground Design
  • Sustainable Landscapes
  • Swimming Pool Design

Ask About our Shoreline and Wetlands Permitting Process and See Our Portfolio! We have done work recently in the following areas:

New London/Lake Sunapee Region


Shoreline, Oceanfront, Beachfront and Wetlands Permitting in NH, ME and MA is a Just a Call Away.

For experienced oceanfront, beachfront, shoreline and wetlands permitting, the residential architects for MA, NH and ME are 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

“Eric Buck with Terrain Planning is the most professional, versed, and creative architect that I have worked with in 30 years in the industry.”
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“We hired Eric from Terrain Planning to redesign the courtyard of our reproduction home in Henniker NH. The plans we received were absolutely top notch and beautiful.”
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