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Under New Hampshire statutes, Canaan's Planning Board has the following powers and responsibilities:

  • Developing and up-dating the Town's Master Plan
  • Assisting in developing a Capital Improvements Plan
  • Adopting and administering sub-division regulations and driveway requirements
  • Regulation of excavation activities
  • Authorizing building on Class VI town roads (town roads not maintained by the town but available for passage by right of way)

The Plan

The Master Plan identifies the resources and needs of the community and recommends a plan for its growth and meeting its needs. It does not restrict growth by regulation. Typically this is done through zoning ordinances. Canaan does not have a town wide zoning ordinance.


  • There are regulations which restrict and manage land within the Canaan Historic District. More information can be learned on the Historic District Commission Page

  • Sub-divisions of property, including the construction of two homes on one lot, are regulated by the Sub-Division Regulations and apply town wide. Forms and checklists can be found on the next tab.

  • Excavation activity is regulated by the Planning Board. The Canaan Excavation Regulations and Permit are available here and an Explanation of Regulations is available here.

  • The Large Wind Energy Systems (LWES) Ordinance is intended is to protect the Town and its residents from unreasonable impacts on our environment, property values, and quality of life. This ordinace only applies when the State of New Hampshire does not assume jurisdiction.

  • Other regulations regarding sites and building can be found on the Building Inspector Page and general information on Canaan Permits can be found on the Land & Construction Permits Guide

Other Laws

Furthermore, there are federal floodway regulations that restrict or limit activity in floodways, and there are state laws which regulate shoreline and wetland activities:

Floodway and Floodplain Regulations

State of New Hampshire Bureaus & Regulations

Canaan Planning Board

Notice of Public Hearings


Name of Applicant: Bear Hill Conservancy Trust, and William & Virginia Hart
Application: Lot Line Adjustment
Description of Application: Increase Tax Lot 10-20A to 23.4 acres, and decrease Tax Lot 10-20 to 1319 acres by transferring 20.39 acres.
Location of Property:
219 Clark Hill Road
Date: June 24, 2021 at 6:45 PM

Location of Hearing: Mascoma Community Health Center, 18 Roberts Road, Canaan NH
The application may be viewed at the town office, or through the online agenda
https://tinyurl.com/pb-agd where Zoom instructions will also be found. Alternatively, to join meeting by telephone, please call one of these two numbers: (301) 715-8592 or (929) 436-2866. Help line is 603-252-9622.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with § RSA 676:4 that the above application will be submitted to the Canaan Planning Board during a regular meeting of the Board at the date and time indicated.

Upon a finding by the Board, that the application meets the submission requirements of the Canaan Subdivision Regulations, the Board will vote to accept the application as complete and a public hearing on the merits of the proposal will follow immediately. Please be advised that your right to testify is restricted to the public hearing portion of the meeting and that the Board has the discretion of placing certain limitations on testimony to maintain the orderly and timely conduct of business. If you are unable to attend the hearing, you may submit comments to the Board in writing.

Should a decision not be reached at the public hearing, this application will stay on the Board’s agenda until such time as it is approved, conditionally approved, or disapproved.

In March 2013 a survey was conducted in preparation for revision of the Canaan Master Plan. The survey collected many varied facts and opinions, and those are summarized in this document.

There were many comment opportunities in the survey. A summary of these comments appears below followed by several links to raw data:

Forms may be filled out electronically if the Form PDF is opened and saved to your own computer. In some browsers you may need to roll your mouse along the bottom of the PDF to view the Save Menu.

Forms may be returned to the Town Office at 1169 US Route 4, PO Box 38, Canaan NH 03741