Economic Development Department, 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Phone: (603) 610-7220

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Form of Government
Portsmouth has had a Council-Manager form of government since 1947. The city manager is an appointed official who serves at the pleasure of the nine-member city council. Among other duties the manager advises the council in a non-voting capacity. The manager is the head of the local government and oversees the operations of all city departments. In Portsmouth, the police and fire departments are overseen by independently elected three person commissions.
The Official Website of the City of Portsmouth in

Service Inventory

Capital Improvement Plan

U.S. Bureau of the Census Portsmouth city Demographic Profiles DP-1-4.*

Municipal Services
City Hall Hours: Monday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fiscal year begins July 1st.

Expenditure/Capita: $3,042
Planning Board: Appointed
Commercial/Industrial Plans reviewed by: Planning Department
Zoning: 1995
Master Plan:
Capital Improvement Plan: 2011-2016
Full-Time Police Department
Full-Time Fire Department
Town Fire Insurance Rating: 4

High Speed Internet: Several suppliers
Electric Supplier: PSNH
Natural Gas Supplier: Northern Utilities
Water Supplier: Portsmouth Water Department
Water Source: Bellamy Res./GP Well
Average Usage ( 4.3
Excess Capacity (mil. gal/day): 2.5
Sanitation: Sewer Municipal
Coverage: 85%
Municipal Treatment Plant
Treatment Plant Type: Aerated Lagoon
Capacity (million gal/day): 4.80
Load (percent of capacity): 93.50%
Telephone Company: Verizon/NYNEX
Telephone Switching: Digital
Cellular Phone Access: Yes
Cable Television: Yes
Medical & Health

Nearest Hospital : Regional Hospitial -
Temperature ( F) and Precipitation
Annual Average: 46.0
January Average: 35.0
July Average: 72.0
Annual Average Precipitation: 45.0 inches
Local Newspapers

The Portsmouth Herald- Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Foster's Daily Democrat- Dover, New Hampshire

State-wide Newspapers

The Concord Monitor- Concord, New Hampshire

The Union Leader- Manchester, New Hampshire
(* The above external links are not related to the City of Portsmouth Website in anyway.)

Contact Information

Nancy Carmer
Economic Development Program Manager
City of Portsmouth, 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 610 - 7220
Fax: (603) 427-1593