Conservation Commission Procedures for

Review of Plans

The Conservation Commission meets on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 PM, in the Knightly Memorial Meeting Room at the Salem Town Hall.


Applicants should review the Town’s Wetlands Ordinance as well as State and Federal regulations prior to preparing plans for Conservation Commission review.   These regulations contain information on permitted uses, restrictions, and requirements.  Copies are available from the Planning Department at the Town Hall, on the Town’s web page and the NH Wetlands Bureau web page


Plans must be received by the Planning Department at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting at which they are to be considered.  Applicants are encouraged to discuss plans with the staff in advance of the submission deadline – incomplete plans will not be accepted. Five copies of the plan must be submitted, along with filing fees, and certified mail receipts to the Town Clerk’s Office.  The applicant is responsible for notifying abutters by certified mail of the hearing date at which the plan will be heard.  A site walk will be scheduled on the Saturday before the hearing date.  The Conservation Commission will view the site with the applicant or their representative.


The Commission usually reviews projects at one meeting; however additional meetings may be necessary.  Abutters are invited to attend the hearings and comment on their concerns.


Applicants are expected to present their plans at the meeting and answer questions from the Conservation Commission.


A follow-up letter which lists any conditions of approval is sent to each applicant and the NH Wetlands Bureau following action by the Commission.

For additional information, please contact:


Planning Department
Town Hall