Town of Antrim, NH
Article III - Definitions
(Adopted March 14, 1989; Amended March 13, 2007)
(Adopted March 14, 1989; Amended March 11, 2008; Amended March 9, 2010)

A.       General Interpretation

For the purpose of the Antrim Town Ordinances, certain terms and words used herein shall be interpreted or defined as follows:

1.      Words used in the present tense shall include the future.

2.      Words used in the singular shall include the plural.

3.      The word “person” includes a corporation as well as an individual.

4.      The word “lot” includes the words “plot” or “tract” or “site”.

5.      The term “shall” is always mandatory.

6.      The term “may” is always permissive.

7.      The words “used” or “occupied” as applied to any land or buildings shall  
be construed to include the words intended, arranged or designated to be used or occupied.

8.      The word “building” includes the word “structure”.

9.      Unless otherwise specified, all distances shall be measured horizontally.

10.     Words not specifically defined herein shall have their common meaning.

B.      Definitions

For the purpose of this ordinance, the following definitions are, for the most, placed in alphabetical order. However, due to amendments, changes, additions, etc., some definitions may not be in alphabetical order but listed at the end of this section, non-alphabetically.

ABUTTER: Any person whose property is located in New Hampshire and adjoins or is directly across the street or stream from the land under consideration by the Planning Board. For purposes of receiving testimony only, and not for purposes of notification, the term “abutter” shall include any person who is able to demonstrate that his land will be directly affected by the proposal under consideration. For purposes of receipt of notification by the municipality of a planning board hearing, in the case of an abutting property being under a condominium or other collective form of ownership, the term abutter means the officers of the collective or association as defined in RSA 356—B:3,XII. (RSA 672:3)
ACCEPTANCE: An affirmative vote by a majority of the planning board at a public meeting that an application contains all of the items required by the regulations.

ACCESSORY BUILDING or STRUCTURE: A subordinate building or a portion of the main building on a lot, the use of which is customarily incidental to that of the main or principal building.

ACCESSORY LIVING UNIT: A separate dwelling unit where at least one member residing in the dwelling unit is related to the property owner by blood, marriage or adoption or be a family caregiver. The dwelling unit may not be rented to the general public, the owner of record must reside on the property, and the utilities are not separately metered. See Article XIII Special Exceptions. (Adopted March 13, 2007)

ACCESSORY USE: A use on the same lot with, and of a nature customarily incidental and subordinate to the principal use.

ADDITION: As applied to a building or structure, means any construction which increases the area or the height of any portion of the building or structure. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

AGRICULTURE: The utilization of the land for the production and/or raising and sale of livestock, aquaculture products, floricultural and horticultural crops and other animals and insects as permitted by RSA 21:34-a. (Amended March 11, 2003)

ALTERATIONS: As applied to a building or structure, means a change or rearrangement in the structural parts or in the existing utilities, or an enlargement, whether by extending on a side, front or back or by increasing height, or the moving from one location or position to another.

AMENDMENT: A change in the wording of an ordinance or regulation.

ANNEXATION: A sale, transfer or other conveyance which involves merely an exchange of land among two or more adjacent owners and which does not increase the number of lots.

ANIMAL HOSPITAL: See Veterinary Hospital.

ANTENNA: The arrangement of wires or metal rods used in the sending and receiving of electromagnetic waves. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

ANTENNA SUPPORT STRUCTURE: Any structure mast, pole, tripod, housing, or tower utilized solely for the purpose of supporting an antenna or antennas for the purpose of transmission or reception of electromagnetic waves. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

APPLICANT: The owner or agent of the owner of any land for which a change is proposed.

APPROVAL: An affirmative vote by a majority of the Planning Board at a public meeting that the project meets the requirements of the regulations and all other applicable ordinances.

APPROVED APPLICATION:  Means a final plat and all accompanying materials and fees which are required by these regulations. (Adopted March 11, 2008)

AREA, BUILDING: The total area at the main grade level of the principal building and all accessory buildings, exclusive of uncovered porches, patios and steps.


Of the Planning Board: The person given authority by the Planning Board to carry out certain administrative functions, such as receiving an application when it is filed, logging it in, preparing and sending notices, setting the agenda, and keeping the records of the Board. The agent makes no decisions and does not commit the Board to a course of action.

Of the Owner: A person or persons designated by the owner of the property to act in their behalf. (Amended March 11, 2003)

AUTOMOBILE REPAIR SHOPS: Any commercial enterprise used for automotive and recreational vehicle repairs. (Amended March 11, 2003)


AUTOMOTIVE SALES, SERVICE, AND RENTAL: Any premise used for selling, servicing, and the rental of automobiles, recreational vehicles, trucks and trailers. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

AWNING: A roof-like structure composed of fabric or metal to fit over a fixed or mechanical frame. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

BANKS AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS: A financial facility which includes, but is not limited to, Savings & Loans institutions, Credit Unions, Commercial Banks and Savings Banks. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

BASEMENT: A story partly underground but having at least one-half of its height above the average level of the adjoining ground. A basement shall be counted as a story for living purposes and for purpose of height measurement if the vertical distance between the ceiling and the average level of the adjoining ground is more than five (5) feet.

BED & BREAKFAST: A commercial facility providing shelter and/or food to itinerant travelers, operated by a resident owner or resident manager. The operation is a secondary use to the residential function, and such use shall not change the physical character of the residence. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

BEVERAGE & BOTTLE DISTRIBUTION: A facility for the receipt, warehousing, sorting and disbursement of liquid beverages for human consumption which does not involve the formulation or packaging of the product. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

BOARD, PLANNING: The Planning Board of the Town of Antrim.

BOARD OF SELECTMEN: The local governing body of the Town of Antrim.

BOARDING HOUSE: A building containing rooms rented for sleeping purposes by permanent residents and where only a general kitchen and dining accommodations may be provided within the building or in any accessory building. Boarding houses may or may not provide private bathrooms. (Adopted March 13, 2007)

BOND: Any form of security, including cash deposit, security bond, collateral, property or instrument of credit.

BOUNDARY LINE AGREEMENT:  Means the agreement between two adjacent property owners which sets an unknown or poorly defined lot line between the two properties.  It is not a subdivision of land (and does not require Planning Board approval), but the agreement is filed with the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds (see RSA 472). (Adopted March 11, 2008)

BREEZEWAY: A roofed open-sided passageway connecting two structures. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

BUILDING: See structure (Amended March 14, 2006)

BUILDING, FRONTLINE OF: The face of the structure nearest the front of the lot. This face includes sun parlors, decks and covered porches, whether enclosed, or unenclosed but does not include steps.

BUILDING, HEIGHT OF: The vertical distance measured from the average elevation of the proposed finished grade of the building to the highest point of the roof.

BUILDING, MATERIALS: See Building Materials and Supplies (Adopted March 11, 2003)

BUILDING MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES: Any materials or equipment used in the construction of residential or commercial buildings and accessory structures. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

BUILDING, PRINCIPAL OR MAIN: A building which houses the principle use of the lot on which it is located. (Amended March 11, 2003)

BULK FUEL, CHEMICAL or GRAIN STORAGE: Storage tank(s) used for the storage of liquids, chemicals, or grain which may be located below ground and/or partially or wholly above ground. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL OFFICES: A commercial operation not involving any manufacturing and which would not qualify as a home business or home occupation. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

CARPORT: An open structure for the storage of one or more vehicles in the same manner as a private garage.

CELLAR: A story partly underground having more than one-half of its clear height below the average level of adjoining ground. A cellar shall not be considered in determining the permissible number of stories.

CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY: A statement, based on an inspection, signed by the Board of Selectmen or their designee that a building complies with all pertinent ordinances, and is certified for use.

CERTIFIED SOIL SCIENTIST:  Means a person qualified in soil classification and mapping, which is certified by the State of New Hampshire.  (Adopted March 11, 2008)

CHANGE OF USE: A change of use of property occurs when the commercial or domestic activity to be conducted on a property differs significantly from that which is the primary activity currently being conducted on the property.  Such a change of use requires a site plan review by the Planning Board.

CHECKLIST: A list of requirements for a completed application for a subdivision or site plan review.

CHURCHES: Any building whose primary use is as a place of worship and has been documented as such by the Internal Revenue Service. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

CLEAR SIGHT TRIANGLE: A triangular area of unobstructed vision on corner lots formed by a one hundred (100) foot sight line along the centerline of a secondary or primary road, by a twenty five (25) foot sight line from the right-of-way along the centerline of a local street and by a line joining these two sight lines at the greatest distance from their intersection.

CLUSTER HOUSING DEVELOPMENT: An area of land, controlled by a landowner or landowners organization developed as a single entity for a number of dwelling units in accordance with Supplemental Regulations Article XIV, Section A.1. . (Amended March 11, 2003, March 13, 2012)

COMMERCIAL: Engaging in a business, enterprise or other undertaking for profit or non profit.  An approved site plan review is required prior to the commencement of the proposed activity unless the enterprise (1) is a Home Occupation or (2) is not a ‘Change of Use.’ (Amended March 11, 2008)

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE: Any vehicle designed, intended or used for the transportation of people, goods or equipment other than private passenger vehicles and trailers for the private, non-profit transport of goods, equipment other vehicles and/or boats. Such vehicles shall include buses, commercially licensed trucks that have a capacity of one (1) ton or more and include trucks, tractor-trailers, tractors, trailers and construction and/or earthmoving equipment. Farm tractors and related farm equipment shall be excluded from this definition.
CONCEPTUAL CONSULTATION: An informal discussion which is non binding on all parties and which does not require a public hearing for a review of procedural requirements. (Amended March 11, 2003)

COMPLETED APPLICATION: An application, which contains sufficient information to allow the Board to proceed with consideration of the proposal and to make an informed decision. (Amended March 11, 2003)

CONDOMINIUM: Real property and any interests therein, lawfully submitted and recorded under the provisions of Condominium Act (RSA 356-B) in which undivided interests in the common area are vested in the unit owners.

CONDOMINIUM UNIT: A portion of the condominium designed and intended for individual ownership and use together with the undivided interest in the common area.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST: Direct or indirect pecuniary benefit to any person or member of the person’s immediate family or to her/his employer or the employer of any member of the person’s immediate family; or interest sufficient to tempt the member to serve his own personal interest to the prejudice of the interests of those for whom the law authorized and required him to act. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

CONFORMING USE: A use of buildings, structures, or land, which complies with all currently applicable provisions of this ordinance. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

CONSTRUCTED: Includes, built, erected, altered, reconstructed, moved upon or any physical operation on the premises which are required for construction. Excavation, fill, drainage, and the like, shall be considered a part of construction. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

CONTIGUOUS LOTS: Lots under the same ownership which share one or more common boundary lines. (Adopted March 11, 2003)


CONVENIENCE STORE: A facility dedicated to the sale of sundries to the public. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

CONVERSION APARTMENT: The remodeling of a building to include two (2) dwelling units or the remodeling of a single-family dwelling into two separate dwelling units; where the dwelling unit(s) is/are rented to the general public as a residence. (Adopted March 13, 2007)

CUL-DE-SAC: A local street having only one (1) outlet and having a circular terminal for the safe and convenient reversal of traffic movement.

DAY CARE CENTER: An establishment not located in a dwelling unit which provides care for persons, which charges for their care and which holds all legally required licenses and approvals. (Adopted March 11, 2003)
DAY CARE HOME: A private home providing day care, which charges for their services and which holds all legally required licenses and approvals. A Day Care Home is operated as a home business. (Adopted March 11, 2003)

DECISION: The action taken by majority vote of the Planning Board to approve, conditionally approve, or disapprove an application.

DENSITY: A measure of the number of dwelling units, lots or individuals which may occupy an area of land.

DESIGN REVIEW: A preliminary, non-binding review of a proposed subdivision or site plan review which does not require a public hearing. (Amended March 11, 2003)

DISTRICT OR ZONING DISTRICT: An area constituted by or pursuant to the Zoning Ordinance and delineated by text and/or map as to location, extent, nature and contents.

DEVELOPER: The person or persons subdividing a parcel of land or constructing a commercial development or multifamily complex.

DUPLEX: A dwelling that was initially designed and constructed to contain two (2) dwelling units. The owner of the dwelling is not required to reside on the property and the dwelling units may be rented to the general public.  See Article XIV Supplemental Regulations.  (Adopted March 13, 2007)

DWELLING: A building containing one or more dwelling units.

DWELLING UNIT: Any building or portion thereof, which is designed and used exclusively for residential, purposes of one family, and includes complete kitchen and bathroom facilities.

EARTH:  Means sand, gravel, rock, soil, or construction aggregated produced by quarrying, crushing or any other mining activity or such other naturally-occurring unconsolidated materials that normally mask the bedrock. (Adopted March 11, 2008)

EARTH-SHELTERED DWELLING: A dwelling specifically designed so most or all of the structure is situated below the average level of the adjoining ground.

EASEMENT: An interest in property owned by another that entitles its holder to a specific limited use. (Adopted March 13, 2007)

ELDERLY HOUSING: A dwelling or group of dwellings whose residency is restricted to persons fifty-five (55) years of age or older, or couples where one family member is at least fifty-five (55) years of age. The housing does not provide nursing care or medical care under the direction of licensed health care professionals. See Article XIII Special Exception. (Adopted March 13, 2007)

EXCAVATION:  Means a land area which is used, or has been used, for the commercial taking of earth, including all slopes. (Adopted March 11, 2008)

EXCAVATION SITE:  Means any area of contiguous land in common ownership upon which excavation takes place. (Adopted March 11, 2008)

EXCAVATION AREA:  Means the surface area within an excavation site where excavation has occurred or is eligible to occur.  (Adopted March 11, 2008)

FAMILY: The individuals who make up a single housekeeping unit.

FARM: Any parcel of land used for raising agricultural products.

FINAL SUBDIVISION PLAT or FINAL PLAT: The final map or drawing on which the subdivider’s plan of subdivision is presented to the Planning Board.

FLOOR AREA, GROSS: The sum of the areas of several floors of a building including basement floor area.

FLOOD HAZARD AREA: The land in the floodplain within a community subject to a one-percent (1%) or greater possibility of flooding in a given year.

FRONT YARD: For the purpose of establishing setbacks, the front yard shall be determined by the 911 address. (Adopted March 13, 2007)

FRONTAGE: That side of a lot abutting on a street or way and ordinarily regarded as the front of the lot.

GASOLINE SERVICE STATION: Any retail establishment used for supplying gasoline, oil and minor accessories.

GENERAL LOCATION MAP: See Vicinity Sketch.

GRADE: The slope of a lot, road, street or other public way specified in percentage (%) terms.

GRANDFATHERED STRUCTURE: Non-conforming Structure

GROUP RESIDENCE FACILITY: An establishment that provides room and board to persons who are residents by virtue of receiving specialized services limited to health, social and/or rehabilitative services provided by a governmental agency, their licensed or certified agents or any other responsible nonprofit social service corporation. These services shall be provided in a family environment and only to persons who are children under 18 years of age, physically or mentally handicapped of any age, or elderly who are in need of specialized services.

HIGHWAYS (Town), Classification of: (Adopted March 9, 1993)
Class V highways shall consist of all traveled highways which the Town has the duty to maintain regularly.

Class VI highways shall consist of all other existing public ways, and shall include all highways discontinued as open highways and made subject to gates and bars, and all highways which have not been maintained and repaired by the Town in suitable condition for travel thereon for five (5) successive years or more.

HOME BASED BUSINESS: Any commercial activity engaged in by the resident or residents of a property that is clearly secondary to the use of the property as a residence and that meets at least one of the criteria for a Home Based Business listed in Article XIV-A Supplemental Regulations. (Requires Site Plan Review – Adopted March 13, 2007)

HOME OCCUPATION: Any commercial activity carried on entirely within a dwelling or other structure accessory to the dwelling by the resident thereof and does not meet any of the criteria for a Home Based Business listed in Article XIV-A Supplemental Regulations. (Does not require Site Plan Review – Adopted March 13, 2007)

HOME OFFICE: An office, used by the occupant of the home, which does not involve regular or frequent visitation by others.

HOTEL: A building containing rooms rented for sleeping purposes by itinerant travelers for short-term shelter and subject to the NH meals and room tax. (Adopted March 13, 2007)

HOSPITAL: An establishment for the diagnosis, treatment or other care of human ailments.

HOTEL: A building containing rooms or rented for sleeping purposes by guests and where only a general kitchen and dining room are provided within the building or in any accessory building.

ILLUMINATED SIGN: A sign lighted by or exposed to artificial lighting either by lights on or in the sign or directed toward the sign.

IMMEDIATE FAMILY:  Means spouse, civil union partner, parent, child, brother, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandparents, grandchild, domestic partner, and significant other. (Adopted March 11, 2008)

IMPROVEMENTS: Improvements built by a subdivider during construction of a subdivision.

INDUSTRIAL PARK: A large tract of land that is operated as an integrated facility for a number of individual industries.

INN: See Hotel. (Adopted March 13, 2007)

INSTITUTIONAL USE: A public or private use or institution such as but not limited to a church, library, public or private school, hospital, shelter house or conference center.

JUNK YARD: An establishment or place of business which is maintained, operated, or used for storing, keeping, buying or selling junk or automobile parts.

KENNEL: An establishment for the raising, boarding or breeding of dogs and cats.

LAND DEVELOPMENT: The improvement of a lot or two or more contiguous lots, tracts or parcels of land.

LAUNDROMAT: A business equipped with individual clothes washing machines and/or dryers and dry-cleaning machines for the use of retail customers, exclusive of laundry facilities provided as an accessory use in an apartment house.

LIGHT MANUFACTURING: The manufacturing, compounding, assembling, processing, packaging or treatment of raw material or other products.

LOADING SPACE: An off-street space or berth on the same lot with a building or contiguous to a group of buildings, for the temporary stopping of commercial vehicles while loading or unloading merchandise or materials and which abuts upon an alley, street or other appropriate means of access.

LOCAL GOVERNING BODY: See Board of Selectmen.

LOCAL LEGISLATIVE BODY: The Town Meeting for the Town of Antrim and the body responsible for adopting and amending this Ordinance.

LOT: A tract or parcel of land designated for conveyance, or transfer of ownership, improvement or sale.

LOT AREA: The area of a lot which is situated within the property lines of said lot measured only to the right-of-way line of a street or road.

LOT CORNER: A lot situated at the intersection of two (2) streets.

LOT DEPTH: The horizontal distance between the front lot line and the rear lot line.

LOT, INTERIOR: A lot other than a corner lot.

LOT LINE ADJUSTMENT: The exchange or transfer of land between existing, adjacent lots.

LOT LINES: The lines bounding a lot as defined.

LOT OF RECORD: A tract or parcel of land which is described in a deed recorded at the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds or which is shown on a subdivision plan recorded at the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds.

LOT WIDTH: The horizontal distance across the lot, between the side lot lines.

MAJOR SUBDIVISION: All subdivisions not classified as minor subdivisions, including but not limited to subdivisions of four (4) or more lots, or any size subdivision requiring any new street or extension of the municipal utilities or the creation of any public improvements.

MANUFACTURED HOUSING: Any structure, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode is eight (8) body feet or more in width and forty (40) body feet or more in length, or when erected on site is three hundred twenty (320) square feet or more, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to required utilities, which include plumbing, heating and electrical systems required therein. Manufactured housing as defined in this Ordinance shall not include presite built housing as defined in RSA 674:31-a. (Adopted March 9, 1993)

MANUFACTURED HOUSING LOT: A parcel of land in a manufactured housing park, improved with the necessary utility connections and other appurtenances necessary for the erection thereon of a single manufactured housing unit.

MANUFACTURED HOUSING PARK: A parcel of land under single ownership which has been planned and improved for the placement of manufactured housing units for non-transient use.

MASTER PLAN: A comprehensive plan for development of the local community, prepared and adopted by the local Planning Board, pursuant to State Law and including any part of such plan separately adopted and any amendment to such plan, or parts thereof.

MAXIMUM LOT COVERAGE: That portion or percentage of the lot area covered by the total building area of all buildings and/or structures at ground level.

MINERAL EXTRACTION: Mineral extraction shall include all activity which removes from the surface or beneath the surface of the land some material, mineral resource or other element of economic value.

MINOR SUBDIVISION: Any subdivision containing not more than three (3) lots fronting on an existing street, not involving any new street or road, or the extension of municipal streets or utilities, or the creation of any public improvements.

MIXED USE:  Any combination of residential, commercial, public, etc. (as listed under permitted uses.) (Adopted March 9, 2010)

MOTEL: Any group of attached or detached buildings containing individual sleeping or housekeeping units designed for transients.

MULTI-FAMILY: A building containing three (3) or more dwelling units and designed to be used or occupied as a residence by three (3) or more families living independently of each other and with each unit having its own exterior entrance, or an entrance from an interior hall. (Requires Site Plan Approval – Adopted March 13, 1990)

NONCONFORMING STRUCTURE: An entire structure, or a section or part of a structure, that does not fully comply with the requirements of the Antrim Zoning Ordinance or amendments heretofore and hereafter enacted, where such structure lawfully existed prior to the application of the Ordinance or amendments thereto. Such nonconforming structures include, but are not limited to, nonconforming signs. When only a section or part of the structure does not comply with the requirements of the Ordinance, only that section or part shall be subject to any restrictions or regulations concerning nonconforming structures.

NON-CONFORMING USE: A use, whether of land or structure, which does not conform with the use regulations of the district in which it is located as stated in the Antrim Zoning Ordinance or amendment heretofore and hereafter enacted, where such use is lawfully in existence prior to the enactment of the Ordinance or amendment thereto.

NURSING HOME: A proprietary or non-profit facility licensed by the State of New Hampshire for the accommodation of convalescents or chronically ill persons, in which nursing care and medical services are prescribed by, or are performed under, the general direction of persons licensed to provide such care or services in accordance with State law.

OPEN SPACE: An unoccupied space open from the ground to the sky.

OWNER: A person, group of persons, firm or firms, corporation or other legal entity having legal title to or sufficient proprietary interest in the land in question.

PARKING SPACE: A space for the temporary parking of automotive vehicles.

PATIO: An outdoor space generally used for dining, leisure, social gatherings, and/or recreation that often adjoins a residence and is typically paved with concrete, stone slabs, or paving bricks. (Amended March 11, 2008)

PERFORMANCE GUARANTEE:  A cash deposit, irrevocable letter of credit, or performance bond in an amount and form satisfactory to the Planning Board.  (Adopted March 11, 2008)

PLAN OR PLAT: The maps or drawings accompanying an application showing the specific location, lot boundaries and design of any proposed improvements.

PLANNING BOARD: The duly constituted Planning Board of the Town of Antrim, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, in accordance with New Hampshire Statutes Annotated Chapter 673.

PORCH: A roofed-over structure projecting from the front, side or rear wall of a building.

PREMISE: Any lot, parcel or tract of land and any building constructed thereon.

PRESITE BUILT HOUSING (Modular Home): Any structure designed primarily for residential occupancy which is wholly or in substantial part made, fabricated, formed or assembled in off-site manufactured facilities in conformance with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development minimum property standards and local building codes, for installation or assembly and installation, on the building site. for the purpose of this Ordinance, presite built housing shall not include manufactured housing as defined in RSA 674:31. (March 9, 1993)
PRINCIPAL USE: The major, dominant use of the premises.

PRIVATE CLUB: An organization catering exclusively to members and their guests.

PROFESSIONAL OFFICE: The office of a member of a recognized profession.

PUBLIC HEARING: Means a meeting, notice of which must be given per RSA 675:7 and 676:4, I (d), at which the public is allowed to offer testimony. (Amended March 11, 2008)

PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT: Any drainage ditch, roadway, parkway, sidewalk, pedestrian way, or other facility for which the local government may ultimately assume the responsibility for maintenance and operation, or which may affect an improvement for which local government responsibility is established.

PUBLIC MEETING:  Means the regular business meeting of the Planning Board as required per RSA 673:10.  Notice must be posted at least 24 hours in advance and the meeting must be open to the public, although participation by the public is at the discretion of the Board. (Adopted March 11, 2008)

PUBLIC NOTICE: Notice requirements for public hearings required under the provisions of RSA 675:7 as amended.

RECREATION FACILITY (Adopted March 9, 1993): Classified as public, commercial, or non-commercial. They are defined as follows:

Public recreation facilities: Facilities or areas owned and/or operated by a local, county, or state government or school district for the use of the general public.

Commercial recreation facilities: Indoor and/or outdoor facilities that are operated as a business and where the facility is available to the general public.

Non-commercial recreation facilities: Buildings and related facilities owned or operated by a private, semi-public, or non-profit corporation, association, organization, institution, or group of individuals and established for fraternal, social, educational, recreational, or cultural enrichment of its members or patrons. Such facilities may include, but are not limited to: facilities providing temporary living quarters for recreation, education, or vacation purposes; summer camp facilities operated by a YM/WCA, scout organization or similar institution; retreat centers, private clubs or lodges, etc.; camps and retreat centers sponsored and/or owned by religious organizations; camps, recreation facilities, and other similar uses operated by a YM/WCA, United Way, or similar non-profit organization, agency or group.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE: A temporary dwelling for travel, recreation, and vacation use.

REGISTERED CIVIL ENGINEER: A civil engineer properly registered and licensed in the State of New Hampshire.

REGISTERED LAND SURVEYOR: A land surveyor properly registered and licensed in the State of New Hampshire.

RETAIL STORE: Any enterprise whose primary business is the retail sale of purchased merchandise which involves regular frequent visits by others. (Adopted March 10, 1998)

RIDING ACADEMY: Any establishment where horses are kept for riding or driving or are incidental to the operation of any club, association, ranch or similar establishment.

RIGHT-OF-WAY: The entire width between the boundary lines of any public highway, street, avenue, or road.

RIGHT-OF-WAY WIDTH: The distance between property lines measured at right angles to the center line of any street.

ROAD, DEAD END: A road or portion of a street with only one (1) vehicular traffic outlet.

SCREENING: A material of sufficient height and density to conceal from view the structures and uses on the premises on which the screen is located.
SETBACK: The distance between a building and the nearest property line or the right-of-way of an adjacent road or street.

SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM (INDIVIDUAL):  Means any onsite sewage disposal or treatment system that receives either sewage or other wastes, or both.  For the purposes of this regulation, this means all components of the system, including the leach field.  (Adopted March 11, 2008)

SHELTER HOUSE: See Group Residence Facility.

SIGN: Any device for visual communication that is used for the purpose of bringing the subject thereof to the attention of the public.

SINGLE-FAMILY: A dwelling containing one dwelling unit. (Adopted March 13, 2007)

SITE SPECIFIC PERMIT: A permit, which is issued when the surface area of soil is to be disturbed, as required by the State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

SPECIAL EXCEPTION: The granting of a modification of the provisions of the Antrim Zoning Ordinance as authorized in specific instances.

STEEP SLOPE: A slope in excess of fifteen percent (15%).

STOOP: A covered or uncovered area at a front, side or rear door not exceeding twenty-four (24) square feet in area.
STORY: That portion of a building included between the surface of any floor and the surface of the floor next above it; or if there be no floor above it, then the space between any floor and the ceiling next above it.

STORY, HALF: Space under a sloping roof which has a line of intersection of the roof and the wall face not more than three (3) feet above the floor level.

STRUCTURE: Any temporary or permanently constructed, erected or placed material or combination of materials in or upon the ground, including, but not limited to, buildings, garages, manufactured housing, radio towers, sheds and storage bins, storage tanks, trash disposal bins, portable carports, swimming pools and tennis courts. Signs, fences, driveways, roads, parking areas, mailboxes, stonewalls, walkways, subsurface waste disposal facilities and essential services are exempt under this definition. (Amended March 14, 2006)

SUBDIVIDER: The owner of record of the land to be subdivided.

SUBDIVISION: The division of a lot, tract, or parcel of land into two (2) or more lots.

SWIMMING POOL, PRIVATE: A reasonably permanent pool or open tank used for swimming.

TOWN MEETING: The local legislative body of the Town of Antrim.

TOURIST HOME: A furnished dwelling unit rented to transients for a period of less than 180 days and subject to the NH meal and room tax. Tourist Homes provide private bathroom and kitchen facilities. Meals and cleaning services are on a self-service basis; Sometimes known as Corporate Housing. (Adopted March 13, 2007)

TRAILER: See Recreational Vehicle.

TRAVELED WAY: That portion of the right-of-way that is used for vehicular use.

USE: The specific purpose for which land or a building is designed or for which it is or may be occupied or maintained.

USE, MIXED: The occupancy of a building for more than one use.

VARIANCE: Permission granted by the Zoning Board of Adjustment for an adjustment to some requirement of the Zoning Ordinance.

VETERINARY OR ANIMAL HOSPITAL: A building used for the treatment, housing or boarding of domestic and farm animals by a veterinarian; also includes veterinary clinic.

VICINITY SKETCH: A map upon which the location of a proposed subdivision in the Town of Antrim is shown in relation to the streets, roads, and surface waters of the Town.

WETLAND: Areas of land where water is so abundant that it is a major factor dictating the nature of plant growth on the site.

WETLAND SCIENTIST: A person qualified in wetland classification that is certified by the State of New Hampshire. (Adopted March 11, 2008)

YARD: A space that is open to the sky and unoccupied and located on the same lot with a building or structure.

ZONING: A legal and administrative process whereby a municipality divides its territory into Districts and applies to each District a number of regulations to control the use of land.

ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT: The Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Town of Antrim duly constituted by and established pursuant to the provisions of RSA 673:1 and 673: 3.

ZONING OFFICER: The individual authorized by the Board of Selectmen to be the administrator of the daily application of the provisions contained in this Zoning Ordinance.

Updated 4/2/2012