Governor Sununu and State Epidemiologist Chan recommend the use of masks to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Portsmouth enacted a Mask Ordinance, effective September 15, 2020 to January 4, 2021.
All persons are required to wear face coverings within Portsmouth city limits whenever:
-- They are in indoor or outdoor places accessible to the public,
-- When physical distancing of six feet (6’) is not possible
-- Medical or other condition that prohibits mask wearing
-- Those under 6 years old
-- Persons actually eating or drinking in licensed food service location
The Portsmouth Protection Plan is simple: Do your part – wear a mask, and practice physical distancing.
The Governor's Executive Order and "Safer At Home" guidance remains in effect to October 1, 2020.
For the latest details on re-opening guidelines, click here.
For the Governor's Order 17, issued on March 26, 2020 defining the Stay-At-Home declaration, click here.
For a list of and links to all of the Governor's Executive Orders, click here.
For rent and mortgage relief assistance: the New Hampshire Housing Relief Program, an initiative designed to keep people from losing their housing and to secure or maintain permanent housing in partnership with the Community Action Partnership for NH (CAPNH) is now accepting applications. To contact CAPNH, call 2-1-1 from any NH phone or click here.
City of Portsmouth
For the Citizen Response Task Force and materials, click here.
For the resources listed in the Advisory, click here.
For health-related information, click here.
For food-related services and resources, including restaurants offering takeout and approved for indoor and outdoor dining, click here. And for permitting information about Outdoor and Indoor dining, click here.
For business- and employee-related information, click here.
For the City Manager's Advisory (and archive), click here.
To sign up to receive the Advisory (community e-newsletter), click here.
City Hall is open and the Portsmouth Public Library is offering curbside pickup. Online and by-phone services include:
- Applying for Elderly/Disabled/Solar abatements? Click here for the latest update on new and renewed applications.
- Paying bills: Use the City's online services to pay water bills, taxes, fees, fines; secure permits, etc. Payments can be mailed or dropped in the drop-box in the City Hall parking lot. OR Call (844) 850-9185 to pay your water/sewer or property tax bills using Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Account number required. ($1.50 IVR fee, plus any credit card fees if paying by credit card.)
- For licenses, birth and death certificates and other vital records, click here. Call or email the City Clerk at 603-610-7245 or email@example.com
- NH DMV has extended the expiration date for temporary motor vehicle plates and licenses. City residents can renew their registrations online here. State drivers' licenses and ID cards set to expire can be extended by phone for 6 months. Call 603-227-4020 to pay for and complete the extension. For new registrations, call 603-610-7244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Portsmouth Fire Department is processing burn permits online. If you have a Class 1 or 2 permit (backyard, etc.) the permit expiration is extended to July 1, 2020.
- Building Inspections continue by video for unoccupied and exteriors of buildings.
- Planning Department: For information about land use applications and submission deadlines click here.
- City board, commission and committee meetings are scheduled remotely.
- Portsmouth Public Library: For details on all of the on-line services offered by the Library and how to access them, click here.
- Click here for more details.