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City Announces Installation of Flexible Bollards for Middle Street Bike Lanes

June 28, 2019

City DPW crews will be installing bollards for the Middle Street bike lanes the week of July 1. The bollards are a critical safety feature of the bike lane design, as they serve to keep vehicles out of the bike lanes and to provide protection to bicyclists. In response to concerns expressed regarding the previous bollards, only about half the number of bollards will be installed this year, and will only be placed in critical locations where it is necessary to ensure safety of bicyclists and to guide traffic around parked vehicles.


City Offices closed in observance of Independence Day

June 27, 2019

July 4th - July 5th

In observance of Independence Day, Portsmouth City Hall, the Library, Department of Public Works, Senior Activity Center and Connie Bean Center will be closed on Thursday, July 4th.  The Library will close early, at 5 p.m., on July 3rd.  On Friday, July 5th, City Hall will remain closed.



June 27, 2019

The City of Portsmouth and Wilcox Industries will be sponsoring the annual fireworks display on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the South Mill Pond across from the Portsmouth City Hall beginning at 9:15 p.m. sharp; the rain date is scheduled for Friday, July 5th at the same time. This celebration is an alcohol-free, family event. 


2019 Statistical Revaluation

June 24, 2019

The City of Portsmouth is currently undergoing a Statistical Revaluation of Residential and Commercial properties throughout the City for the 2019 tax year.  A presentation was held June 17, 2019, before the Portsmouth City Council discussing the preliminary analysis by Vision Government Solutions which was recorded and can be


Electric Vehicle Charging Station Fees

June 14, 2019

Pursuant to approval of proposed FY20 Parking Fees, the following changes to all City of Portsmouth EV Charging Stations will take effect July 1st, 2019:

Hourly Rate 1-4 hours:                      $1.25/hour


Portsmouth Water Div. Releases Annual Drinking Water Quality Reports

June 14, 2019

Each year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires community water systems to deliver a Consumer Confidence Report – also known as an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report – to their customers. These reports, which are mailed out to water customers by July 1st, provide information about their drinking water quality from the previous year of sampling including a summary of detected contaminants, compliance, and educational information.


Parking Fees at Hanover Garage

June 11, 2019

Pursuant to approval of proposed FY20 Parking Fees, the following changes to pricing at Hanover Garage* will take effect July 1st, 2019:

  • Hourly Rates: $1.75
  • Monthly Pass-Resident: $200.00
  • Monthly Pass-Non Resident: $225.00

*There are no changes to the rates at the Foundry Parking Garage for FY20


June 2019 Water Supply Status Report

June 3, 2019

Despite the cool and wet weather pattern we have been experiencing in Southern New Hampshire, this area continues to have below normal precipitation. Precipitation since December 2018 is only 65% of normal. However, the cooler weather has resulted in lower than normal irrigation and water demands in our system.


June is National Homeownership Month!

June 1, 2019

Portsmouth has a valuable resource in our community, HomeTown: First Time Homebuyers Program.

The HomeTown Program provides closing cost and downpayment assistance to eligible Portsmouth households who earn eligible incomes, meet residency requirements and who are first-time homebuyers. The assistance provided through the program includes: