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New Hampshire State Highway Pole License (3-NH-g)

In New Hampshire, a developer may need a State Highway Pole License from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) for projects that require erecting poles or other structures within a state highway right-of-way, the developer. Utility Accommodation Manual, 69.


State Highway Pole License Process

3-NH-g.1 to 3-NH-g.2 –Transmittal Letter of Request with Two Copies of Preliminary Plans

At the outset of project, a developer must submit a State Highway Pole License Request and two (2) copies of a preliminary plan to the NHDOT Highway Maintenance District or Turnpikes office. Utility Accommodation Manual, 69. A complete preliminary plan must indicate:

  • The impacted municipality;
  • Route number and/or road name;
  • Number of utility poles or facilities;
  • Pole numbers; and
  • A list of all utility owners, and ties to existing permanent reference points.

Utility Accommodation Manual, 69.

The developer must also stake out the proposed work in the field. Utility Accommodation Manual, 69; Utility Accommodation Manual, G-1.1-G-4.2.

3-NH-g.3 to 3-NH-g.5 – Review Request Materials for Completeness

The appropriate NHDOT authority reviews the request for administrative and technical completeness. NHDOT also conducts a field review to confirm the locations of the proposed work meet regulatory requirements. Utility Accommodation Manual, 69.

3-NH-g.6 to 3-NH-g.11 – Review Request Materials for Approval

The appropriate NHDOT authority reviews the request for approval, and issues the developer a written explanation that the sites selected either meet or fail regulatory requirements. Utility Accommodation Manual, 69. If NHDOT approves the request, NHDOT records the date of final review and approval of the proposed plan. Utility Accommodation Manual, 69. Then NHDOT returns one (1) copy of the preliminary plan to the developer so the developer can initiate the formal license request process. Utility Accommodation Manual, 69.

3-NH-g.12 – Formal Petition and Request for Pole License

Following preliminary approval, a developer must prepare and submit a formal petition and request for a license. Utility Accommodation Manual, 70. A formal petition and request for license must include, at minimum:

3-NH-g.13 to 3-NH-g.16 – Review Petition Materials for Completeness

Upon receipt of a formal petition and license, the NHDOT District Office reviews petition materials for technical and administrative completeness. If the location of the poles in the formal petition does not correspond with the location of the poles in the preliminary plans, then NHDOT returns the petition to the developer. Utility Accommodation Manual, 70.

3-NH-g.17 to 3-NH-g.18 – Review Petition for Approval

If the formal petition and the preliminary plan correspond, then the NHDOT Highway Maintenance District:

  • Verifies the formal petition;
  • Prepares copies of the license;
  • Retains one (1) copy of a signed and approved license with accompanying plan; and
  • Forwards remaining copies to the developer.

Utility Accommodation Manual, 70.

3-NH-g.19 to 3-NH-g.20 – Pole License

Upon receipt of an approved Pole License, the project developer must prepare and submit a copy of the license for impacted utilities and the Town or City clerk in the municipality where the poles are situated. Utility Accommodation Manual, 70; Utility Accommodation Manual, G-1.1-G-4.2.

3-NH-g.21 – Appeal Decision (If Applicable)

Any person impacted by an NHDOT permit and/or license determination may file an appeal in New Hampshire superior court within 60 days following NHDOT issuing its determination. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 231:166.


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