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Planning and Building

Monday through Thursday
7 AM to 5:30 PM

Director of Planning & Building
(603) 924-8000 ext 116 

Available Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 5:30 PM. Appointments recommended.

Energy & Community Planner
(603) 924-8000 ext 107

Available Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 5:30 PM. Appointments recommended.

Code Enforcement Officer, Zoning Administrator, and Deputy Health Officer
(603) 924-8000 ext 118 

Open office hours available Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 9 AM. Appointments recommended. Available for inspections Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.  Scheduling inspections outside of these hours may be possible if you contact Tim in advance. Inspections must be scheduled with a minimum 24 hour notice.  

The Office of Planning & Building is located in the basement of the Town House at 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458. Access to our Office is by means of the left-hand-side walkway of the Town House and is the first door on the right. For your safety, please do not use the internal stairway from the Town House's first floor to access the basement. 

The Office of Planning and Building (formerly known as the Office of Community Development) was established in 1997 to respond to issues of growth, what sort of development the town wanted, and where appropriate development should be located. The Office was also charged with defining and making plans to achieve specific goals for the town in the most efficient manner, most beneficial to the town's future, and most profitable for the town and its businesses. The town profits not just monetarily, but by having clean air, water and miles of hiking and biking trails, intact wetlands and defined industrial areas.

In the years since its inception, the scope of the office continues to evolve. Today, the overall mission is to (1) promote the orderly and coordinated development of the town according to the wishes of the citizens, as articulated through the Master Plan process, and (2) facilitate dialogue throughout the town amongst all organizations, entities and individuals that make up the Greater Peterborough Community.

The Office of Planning and Building supports the public sector by helping to implement public policy, overseeing the Master Plan of the Town, and recommending appropriate land use regulations.  The Office of Planning and Building also cooperates with the private sector through its participation in local and regional business and economic development organizations. It achieves its goals through a combination of staff support to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Economic Development Authority, Master Plan Steering Committee, and other town committees involved in land use issues.  Correspondence for these boards can be sent to


  • Assistance with the application process for subdivisionsite plan reviewsign permitsbuilding permits, conditional use permits, variances, special exceptions, appeals from administrative decisions, and equitable waivers from dimensional requirements.
  • Mapping Products.  Geographic Information System (GIS) based maps are available for the Town of Peterborough that present a range of information, including zoning, land use, natural features, etc.
  • Online Mapping  View property maps, including downloading PDF files of scanned subdivision and survey plans, and available septic plans from any device or computer with Internet connectivity.
  • Production & maintenance of a variety of planning documents including Master Plan Chapters, Tax Increment Finance District Plans, Ordinances and Regulations, and various studies. 


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