Thornton, NH News & Notices

Public Notices and News:

     PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY / February 9, 2016

Voting takes place at the Thornton Town Office.

Polls will be open 8:00am to 7:00pm


The Town of Thornton is in need of Ballot Clerks. Residents of Thornton registered to vote as a Democrat or Republican may submit a letter of interest to the Thornton Board of Selectmen.  Ballot Clerks are compensated for hours worked.

Notice: Closure of Selectmen’s Office 

The Board of Selectmen for the Town of Thornton have determined to accommodate the request of the Supervisors of the Checklist, Moderator and Town Clerk by closing the Selectmen’s Office to regular business for the Presidential Primary and Presidential Election days.

Presidential Primary: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Presidential Election:  Tuesday, November 8, 2016.


Capital Improvement Projects Committee

The Capital Improvement Projects Committee

will hold a Public Meeting at the Thornton Town Office

beginning at 6:30pm on Tuesday, February 23, 2016


February 16, 2016  1:00pm to 3:00pm

LOCATION: Thornton, NH

                Over the last several months, the Town of Thornton, with the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee, has been working to update Thornton’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.  The Plan identifies potential natural and Man-made hazards throughout the town and various projects and/or strategies to mitigate their effects.  The President signed into law, the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA), Section 322-Mitigation Planning.  It requires all local governments to prepare and adopt jurisdiction wide hazard mitigation plans as a condition of receiving Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) project grants.

                All residents, neighboring communities, businesses, and interested parties are formally invited to participate in the plan update process.

                For more information please contact the Emergency Operations Director, Tom Powers, at (603)726-7562 or via email at




Click here for Contact Information, Hours of Operation and information on the Thornton Mall.  Click here for information on Recycling and the Fee Schedule.

2014 Revaluation

The 2014 Revaluation is complete. New property assessments are available as a PDF file here. [17.2 MB -- Large file: right-click to download]


NH DES Land Resources Management Permit Changes:

In an effort to provide a higher quality, more streamlined permitting process for the regulated public, most Land resources Management Programs (Alteration of Terrain Bureau, Subsurface Systems Bureau, Wetlands Bureau and the Shoreland Program) have updated their permit application forms.   All current application forms are available at their respective DES web pages and have a revision date of 01/01/2012 located within the footnote.

As of April 1, 2012, the Land Resources Management Programs will no longer be accepting outdated permit application forms. Going forward, all LRMP application forms will be simultaneously updated every 6 months. The next round of revisions is scheduled to occur on July 1, 2012. Land Resources Management, a subsection of the Water Division, coordinates communication and resources across those bureaus and programs that regulate land development projects that may impact state aquatic resources.

For more information, please visit the NH DES Land Resources Management web page at:


Division of Involuntarily Merged Lots

Chapter 206 (HB316) requires a municipality, upon request of the property owner, to divide lots that were involuntarily merged prior to September 18, 2010, subject to certain conditions:

1.  The request must be submitted to the governing body prior to December 31, 2016.

2.  If any owner in the chain of title from the date of the involuntary merger abandoned a lot line or took any other action indicating that the owner regarded the lots as merged, the municipaolity is not required to divide the lots.

3.  The legislation makes clear that separation of previously merged lots does not cure any non-conformity with current land use ordinances.

4.  The amendment authorizes a municipality to adopt ordinances that provide more generous relief than the statute.

5.  Municipalities must inform the public of this new law by posting a notice in a public place continuously from January 2012 until December 2016, and publish notices in the town's annual reports for years 2011 through 2015.