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Working with the NH Department of Environmental Service

The NH Department of Environmental Services includes three divisions: Air Resources, Waste Management, and Water. Also, DES has units within the Office of the Commissioner whose roles are to coordinate such activities as agency-wide planning, enforcement, permitting, public information, laboratory services, geologic services, information resources, and financial and personnel management.

If you need assistance with environmental permits, contact the Department of Environmental Services at (603) 271-3503, TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964. You can review their online guidebook. DES also provides data and information through its OneStop program.

DES offers business assistance programs including

  • The Small Business Technical Assistance Program (SBTAP) provides small business owners and operators a free assistance program to assist them in understanding and complying with environmental regulations. This non-regulatory program provides confidential information about regulatory requirements and practical, cost-effective technical assistance to encourage compliance with environmental regulations.
  • The NH Pollution Prevention Program (NHPPP) is a free, confidential, non-enforcement, pollution prevention and compliance assistance program available to all NH businesses, institutions, municipalities and agencies.
  • The NH Occupational Safety & Health Program provides free, on-site occupational safety and health consultation services to eligible employers.

If your business is planning new projects for which multiple environmental permits are required, you can request a pre-application meeting by filling out the online form.

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