Thornton, NH News & Notices

Public Notices and News:



Thornton Resident Notice

Motor Vehicle Registrations

CLOSED February 17 – February 21, 2017


The NH Department of Motor Vehicle is happy to announce that the new licensing system will be implemented in the month of February. During the implementation of the new system, there will be a period of time that the State Motor Vehicle system will not be available to Municipal Agents (Town Offices) or to any DMV offices or substations (Twin Mt., Gorham, Concord, etc.).


Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:00 pm will be the last day and time to be able process Motor Vehicle transactions until Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:00 am.


There will be NO MOTOR VEHICLE transactions processed from Thursday, February 16 at 3:00 pm through Tuesday, February 21

Motor Vehicle transactions will resume on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:00 am in the Thornton office.


The Town Clerk, Tax Collector and Town Offices will still be open on these days, but will be unable to process any Motor Vehicle transactions.  This is not a local decision or function, this is mandated by the State of NH Department of Motor Vehicles, as their entire system will be down.  A public press release will also be posted by them.


We understand that this may cause some inconveniences to residents and ask for your cooperation and to please plan accordingly.


If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Desiree L. Mahurin, Thornton Municipal Agent or Brook Rose, Thornton Town Clerk at 726-4232.

Thank you.

Desiree L. Mahurin, Municipal Agent




Election held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017
16 Merrill Access Road, Thornton

The Town Meeting will take place at 10:00am at Thornton Central School on Saturday, March 18th.

Town Meeting Warrant & Budget

Town Election Sample Ballot





REQUEST FOR BALLOT CLERKS:  The Board of Selectmen is looking for residents of the Town of Thornton to serve as Alternate (Backup) Ballot Clerks for elections. Ballot Clerks are present for all of Election Day and stay to count the ballots.  State law requires a specific number of registered Democrats and registered Republican ballot clerks be available. The Town currently has 2 clerks for each party as required but are looking for backups.  You must be a registered and declared party voter of Thornton to hold such a position.

Please contact the Administrative Assistant at the Town Office at 726-8168 if you are interested in becoming an Alternate Ballot Clerk.



REQUEST FOR APPOINTED COMMITTEE MEMBERS: The Board of Selectmen are looking for residents of the Town of Thornton to serve on the following committees and boards

  • CONSERVATION COMMISSION ~ 3 positions available
  • ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT (ZBA) ~ 2 positions available

Please contact the Administrative Assistant at the Town Office at 726-8168 if you are interested in being appointed to any of these positions.



PART-TIME BOARD ASSISTANT: The Town of Thornton is seeking a candidate for an immediate opening for one (1)  part-time position of Board Assistant. The applicant will be responsible for performing clerical, legal and administrative work for the Town Administrator, Board of Selectmen, Planning and Zoning Boards.  This part-time position budgeted to work 8-14 hours a week. The position is labor grade 4 with an hourly pay range from $12.95/hr. to $15.02/hr. This position will remain open until filled by a qualified individual.

                        Application reviews will be completed upon receipt.

                                         Applications must be submitted to:

Board of Selectmen

ATTN: Part-Time Board Assistant

16 Merrill Access Road

Thornton, NH  03285

Application and job description packet





2017 Observed Holidays - Office Closed

New Year’s Day (observed)


January 2, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day


January 16, 2017

President’s Day


February 20, 2017

Town Election Day (Town Clerk office only)


March 14, 2017

Memorial Day, (observed)


May 29, 2017

Independence Day


July 4, 2017

Labor Day


September 4, 2017

Columbus Day (observed)


October 9, 2017

Veterans’ Day (observed)


November 10, 2017

Day before Thanksgiving @12noon


November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Day


November 23, 2017

Day after Thanksgiving


November 24, 2017

Christmas Eve (observed @12noon)


December 22, 2017

Christmas Day


December 25, 2017

New Year’s Day


January 1, 2018



The Town of Thornton tax maps and zonIng maps are now available on the Town website at in the right side bar of the home page under          ON-LINE SERVICES.

 You can now view and print these pdf files from the convenience of your own on-line devices at no cost to you.



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Larry Crowe, DMV PIO

O: (603) 227-4051






CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will begin offering REAL ID compliant driver licenses and non-driver identification cards on January 3, 2017. New Hampshire citizens are not required to obtain a REAL ID compliant driver license or non-driver identification card and will need to opt-in if they choose to participate.


For those who currently hold a valid New Hampshire driver license or a non-driver identification card, there is no need to immediately replace it. Current valid New Hampshire driver licenses and non-driver identification cards, whether REAL ID compliant or not, will continue to be accepted for federal identification purposes until October 1, 2020.


“We are happy to add the REAL ID compliant credential as an offering to our customers,” DMV Director Elizabeth Bielecki said. “Since all current licenses and non-driver IDs will still be accepted by airport security and for entrance into federal buildings until 2020, we want to be sure that those who can wait until their regular renewal do so to avoid creating longer than usual wait times at our DMV locations.”


In order to obtain a REAL ID driver license or non-driver identification card, customers must apply in person at any DMV location. Documents to prove identity and residency must be provided at the time of application. The most commonly used documents to prove identity include a social security card and either a certified copy of a birth certificate or an unexpired passport. Proof of residency, such as a valid, unexpired New Hampshire driver license or non-driver ID, utility bill or property tax bill, will also be required. A complete list of acceptable documents and additional information on REAL ID can be found on the DMV website at NH.GOV/DMV

                           ANNUAL TOWN REPORTS

The Town and School annual reports can be viewed by going to the DOCUMENTS LIBRARY from the Home Page of our website.



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.




The Northern Pass Project Team

Northern Pass Transmission LLC

PO Box 330

780 North Commercial Street

Manchester, NH 03101





Society for the Protection of NH Forests

54 Portsmouth Street

Concord, NH 03301




NH Department of Environmental Services

PO Box 95

29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03302-0095

(603) 271-3503



New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee
21 South Fruit Street - Suite 10    
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2435

Comments may be addressed to

SEC Administrator, Pamela Monroe


Bury the Northern Pass





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