Housing Appeals Board Accepting Appeals

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January 15, 2021

Appeals Being Heard by New Board

The newly created Housing Appeals Board, established by the New Hampshire legislature during the 2020 session, is now accepting Planning and Zoning appeals.

Designed to be a faster and less expensive alternative to Superior Court appeals, the Board has the power and authority to hear – then affirm, reverse, or modify, in whole or in part – appeals of final decisions of municipal boards, committees and commissions regarding questions of housing and housing development. Appeals must be filed with the Housing Appeals Board within 30 days of the final decision of a municipal board, committee or commission. You can learn more about the statutory authority granted to the Board by clicking here.

The Housing Appeals Board has the power to award all remedies available to the superior courts in similar cases, including permission to develop the proposed housing. NHAR strongly supported the creation of the Board. The legislation allows a petitioner to act without a lawyer, or they may be represented by attorneys, professional engineers, land surveyors or architects.

The Board’s offices are in Johnson Hall Suite 201, at the Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park, 107 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301 and can be reached at 603-271-1198  or at clerk@hab.nh.gov.

 

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