Press Releases/What’s New


The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans Community Information Session October 24 on Upcoming Pease Study: PFAS Health Effects.

October 18, 2019

Portsmouth, New Hampshire -- At a press conference on October 11th US Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced the creation of a national Health Study, proposed by her legislation, of people exposed to human-made chemicals per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). A Pilot Study will focus on PFAS exposure to these chemicals at the former Pease Air Force base. 


Planning Department to host Public Information Meeting on proposed Wetland and Flood Plains amendments to City Zoning Ordinance

October 16, 2019

The Portsmouth City Council is currently reviewing proposed amendments to sections of the City’s Zoning Ordinance that regulate Wetlands Protection and Flood Plains.  Both the Conservation Commission and the Planning Board have held work sessions on these amendments and, after a public hearing on September 19, 2019, the Planning Board recommended adoption of these proposed amendments to the City Council.

Flood Plain


Portsmouth City Manager Search Process Narrowed to Three Finalists

October 9, 2019

PORTSMOUTH NH -- With the upcoming retirement of City Manager John Bohenko at the end of December 2019, the city began an active search for a qualified candidate to take his place and hired the specialist GovHR USA in June to help with recruitment.  The Portsmouth City Council has conducted preliminary interviews for the position of City Manager. The City received 54 applications for the position, from 23 states.


Fraudulent Delivery Scam Arrest

October 9, 2019

On October 8th, the Portsmouth Police received a call from a resident about a new iPhone that was delivered to his house from AT&T, that he did not order. Being familiar with recent scams regarding these deliveries, the resident called to alert the police. Members of the Portsmouth Police Special Investigations Unit initiated surveillance on the residence in question.



25th Annual Halloween parade October 31st

October 7, 2019

The Portsmouth Halloween Parade is an all-volunteer effort, not a City-sponsored event. The parade steps off from Peirce Island at 7 pm and ends at Prescott Park. The parade route proceeds down Daniel Street into Market Square.


Registration Now Open for Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program

October 2, 2019

PORTSMOUTH, NH – The City of Portsmouth Parking Clerk Office is now accepting registrations for the 2019-2020 Downtown Employee Parking Permit Program. The monthly permit allow employees who work in Portsmouth’s downtown area to park at the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. parking lot on Market Street Extension, where 51 spaces are available from Nov. 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at the Parking Clerk’s office at 1 Junkins Ave. in Portsmouth City Hall.