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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wetlands Bureau
Wetlands Seasonal Dock for Lakes and Ponds Notification

To protect and preserve submerged lands under tidal and freshwaters and its wetlands (both salt water and fresh-water) from unregulated alteration that would adversely affect the natural ability of wetlands to absorb flood waters, treat stormwater and recharge groundwater supplies, impact fish and wildlife of significant value and depreciate or obstruct the commerce, recreation and the aesthetic enjoyment of the public.

Allows for construction of a seasonal dock, (docks constructed to be removed from the water for the non-boating season) on lake or pond frontages over 75 feet in length that currently do not have a docking structure.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 482-A:3, IV-a Excavating and Dredging Permit; Certain Exemptions
Env-Wt 507 Seasonal Dock Notification (see Env-Wt 100-800 Wetlands Rules)

Seasonal Dock Notification for Lakes and Ponds

There is no fee associated with this application.

Processing Time
Work may commence once the notification has been listed as complete on the Wetland and Shoreland Permit Application Status Check.

Five years with opportunity for one extension of five years, if certain conditions are met as noted under RSA 482-A:3, XIV-a SB 38 (2011); except as noted under Env-Wt 502.01 General Conditions Applicable To All Permits/Duration of Permit (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules).

The law only allows for a single 6 feet wide, and 40 feet long dock on lakes over 1,000 acres or larger, or no more than 6 feet wide and 30 feet long on waterbodies that are less than 1,000 acres in size.


Any person aggrieved by a final decision of the Wetlands Program can appeal the decision to the Wetlands Council in accordance with RSA 21-O:5-a.

Status of Current Applications
Notifications can be located using the Wetland and Shoreland Permit Application Status Check.

More Information
Note that an applicant’s ability to place a dock on the shoreline frontage may be affected on lakes and ponds that the state has fee-simple ownership or flowage rights. For more information, the applicant must contact the NHDES Land Agent in the Dam Bureau (603) 271-1960, prior to submitting the notification form.

Contact Us
Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147

NH Department of Environmental Services | 29 Hazen Drive | PO Box 95 | Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-3503 | TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964 | Hours: M-F, 8am-4pm

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