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Town of Swanzey, NH
Covered Bridge Capital of New Hampshire

Planning & Community Development

The Department of Planning & Community Development handles zoning and planning questions, applications to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment, building permits and zoning enforcement.  Its mission is to promote orderly growth in a manner sensitive to community values and to enhance economic, environmental, and social sustainability.  This is done by providing professional counsel to the Boards, Committees and Commissions that serve the community - enabling informed and reasoned decisions - and advising and guiding its citizens through the planning and building processes.

The Department consists of two employees, Sara Carbonneau and Mike Jasmin.

Sara Carbonneau is available to answer questions about land use requirements and zoning, and manages applications that come before the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment.  She also provides staff assistance to the Economic Development Advisory Committee, Master Plan Sub-committee, the Whitcomb Hall Committee and other ad hoc committees that may be established that impact community development.  She also works closely with other organizations such as Southwest Region Planning Commission, NH Department of Transportation, and NH Department of Environmental Services on issues that have an effect on the community.  In addition, Carbonneau serves as the Department's director. 

Office Hours:  Effective April 4, 2016 - Land Use hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m.).   It is recommended that you call ahead to ensure staff availability.

(603) 352-7411 ext. 108

Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) Mike Jasmin is available to answer questions about building requirements and building permit applications.  Jasmin also investigates concerns about possible violations of Town regulations, often in conjunction with the Town's Fire Inspector and Health Officer.  Recent changes to the Code Enforcement Officer position also have tasked the CEO with the evaluation of Town-owned facilities - making recommendations as to work that may be needed to extend the life-span and safety of the facility.

Code Enforcement Hours:  Effective April 4, 2016 - Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please note that the Code Enforcement Officer is often out of the office conducting inspections during these times.  It is recommended that you call ahead to ensure staff availability. 

(603) 352-7411 ext. 105 

Documents & Regulations:  Find copies of planning regulations, building permit information and application forms, zoning regulations, the most recent Master Plan, and other related documents at the bottom of this page.  Please note that applications to the ZBA and Planning Board are not available on this site, but can be obtained by emailing Sara Carbonneau at


Helpful Information:
Town Plans
Land Use Regulations

Building Permits
Property Tax Maps

Mission Statement

The Town of Swanzey prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, marital or family status. The Town of Swanzey is an equal opportunity employer. Web site copyright 2010. All rights reserved.