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Abatement application forms are available in the Assessing Office, or you may go to Board of Tax and Land Appeals website, and click on Municipal Abatement Form in the Property Tax Forms section. The Town of Bow does not require Inventory Blanks, so check N/A on that question on page 1 of the application form.
Please Note: Applying for a property tax abatement does not mean you should postpone paying your taxes. Taxes should be paid as assessed, by the deadline stated on your tax bill, or you will be subject to interest charges. If an abatement is granted, a refund with interest will be made. Board of Tax and Land Appeals website.
Yes. An accessory apartment is allowed in an owner-occupied single family residence, provided the lot has the minimum lot area or frontage required by the Ordinance. The dwelling unit must not exceed 800 sq. ft. of habitable floor area. If total number of bedrooms exceeds the existing septic system a new design must be put into place. Per Bow Zoning Ordinance all ADU's are subject to $723 impact fee payable prior to Certificate of Occupancy issuance.
If you don’t have a plot plan, we can help generate one from the computer mapping system, or Septic design.
You will also need electrical, mechanical (heating and A/C) and plumbing permits as well as an energy code analysis to verify compliance with the State energy code.
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Sign permits are individual permits with each having different costs and a small non refundable application fee.
B. Plans: Plans shall accurately show dimensions and construction of the pool and appurtenances and properly established distances to lot lines, building, walks, fences, leach field, wetlands and well.
C. How long is a permit good for? Pool Permits automatically expire if the work has not commenced within one year (1), or if the pool has not been completed with a period of two years (2). In order to continue you must write a letter asking for an extension which may result in additional fees.
Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather. A decision regarding a cancellation will be made up to one hour before the start of the program. We will send out an email if a program is cancelled.
To obtain a copy of an incident report you must write a letter requesting a copy. There is a set fee if the report is picked up at the Bow Police Department located at 7 Knox Road. There is an additional fee if the report is mailed.
For further information contact the Records Division, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., at 603-223-3950, ext. 350.
Copies of accident reports can be obtained at the NH Department of Motor Vehicles. The Department of Motor Vehicles can be reached by e-mail at NH.DMVHelp@dos.nh.gov or by telephone at (603) 227-4040. You can also find additional information on their website: https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/financial-responsibility/accidents-crashes.htm#crash-report
If you have an emergency dial 9-1-1 or 228-0511 for the on-duty officer (Merrimack County Dispatch). Please refer to our staff directory to speak with a specific officer. For records, please call 603-223-3950 x350.
In New Hampshire, all municipalities are required to adjust property values at least every five years to keep in line with market values. The tax year runs from April 1st to March 31st, and the assessed value for that time period reflects your property's status as of the April 1st that begins the tax year. The Town of Bow has begun a program to update all property values annually and keep assessments current with market value. We will be conducting Cycled Inspections, whereby we will measure and inspect one-fifth of the town every year on a rotating basis, as well as analyze all the pertinent sales. This meets the state requirement, is less expensive and avoids large changes in property values as can happen when a revaluation is done just once every five years. Prior to the inspection, property owners will receive a notification from the Assessing Department indicating a representative will be in their neighborhood. A data collector will visit each property in the area and ask an adult for permission to inspect the interior of the home and any other buildings. This data will be used for neighborhood market analysis which may be used to adjust values. In addition, properties that have had a building permit or have had changes that affect value are adjusted annually to reflect those changes, so that all assessments are reasonably proportional within the municipality. If no one or only a minor is home, all accessible buildings will have the exteriors measured and recorded, and a notice will be sent asking the property owner to contact us for an appointment. They will not enter a house in which an adult is not present. Always ask for identification if you do not see any on the person at your door. You are not required to allow the data collector inside your home; however it is important for the accuracy of your subsequent assessment and for the overall success of the assessment review. Also, you should be aware that any appeal that you file will be denied if you do not allow an interior inspection, per RSA 74:17, II. We hope that you will accommodate us in this important project; it should only take about 10 -15 minutes of your time, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Assessing Department at 223-3975.
Property information is available in the Assessing Office and online at Vision Government Solutions website. We do not mail or fax property record cards unless prepaid. Please note: For the official and most current information, contact the Assessing Office. For questions about property tax, such as the amount of tax owed or status of payment, please contact the Tax Collector's Office at 603-223-3983.