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Old 08-28-2016, 01:04 PM
 
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If you have enough space, can you camp on your own land in New Hampshire.
Like camping in a tent?
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Old 08-28-2016, 01:11 PM
 
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Thumbs up That which is not explicitly forbidden, is permitted.

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If you have enough space, can you camp on your own land in New Hampshire.
Like camping in a tent?
IIRC, in New Hampshire you can legally camp on somebody else's (unposted) private land, with or without permission.

Short-term camping on your own land is not an issue under state law. Keep in mind that towns may have limitations on long-term "camping"; some owners see it as a way to get around taxes and zoning.

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Old 08-28-2016, 01:44 PM
 
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Does this mean if a property is not posted "no trespassing" then I can walk on it? Some of the back roads in my area have paths leading who knows where, not posted. Can I walk on the path to see where?
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Old 08-28-2016, 01:55 PM
 
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Default Common law in New Hampshire gives the public the right of access to land that's not posted.

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Does this mean if a property is not posted "no trespassing" then I can walk on it? Some of the back roads in my area have paths leading who knows where, not posted. Can I walk on the path to see where?
Yes. Common law in New Hampshire gives the public the right of access to land that's not posted.

Written law sets some limits around this. RSA 635:2 reads in part "Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor if … the person knowingly enters or remains … in any secured premises. … Secured premises means any place which is posted in a manner prescribed by law or in a manner reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders, or which is fenced or otherwise enclosed in a manner designed to exclude intruders." Additionally, if you get hurt, generally you cannot sue the landowner (per RSA 212:34).
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Old 08-28-2016, 03:16 PM
 
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I have some experience with this -- and it all depends where the land is located, what the town regs. say and what the neighbors are like. In my case the neighbors called the police who came and visited me on my land. I was also sent a letter by the selectmen saying that I could only camp "occasionally" and had to have proper sanitary facilities (i.e. porta-potty), and I had to let the fire department know in advance if I was going to have a fire. My land is out of the way -- but that is what I encountered.

Moral of the story - do your homework.
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Old 08-28-2016, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Ossipee, NH
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Are we talking on one's own land that already has a house etc on it or empty land?
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Old 08-28-2016, 06:44 PM
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You will need to get a permit for a fire. That may be more difficult now due to the dry conditions.

"Per RSA 227-L:17, the state of New Hampshire requires anyone who wishes to burn clean, ordinary combustibles such as leaves, brush or untreated lumber, or have a camp or cooking fire to have written permission from the landowner and a written fire permit from the local forest fire warden or local fire department in the town or city where the fire will be kindled."
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:33 PM
 
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There are probably 10,000 campfires burning in this state on any given weekend night. Perhaps dozens of them have an actual written fire permit.
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:41 PM
 
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Or you can just camp on your land and not ask any .gov permission. You're not running a commercial campground, right? If you give them a chance to say no, they'll do their best to say no.

It's your land, for crying out loud. And you're tent camping - not a highly intrusive or destructive activity. Just do it!
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Old 08-29-2016, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Monadnock area, NH
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There are probably 10,000 campfires burning in this state on any given weekend night. Perhaps dozens of them have an actual written fire permit.
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Or you can just camp on your land and not ask any .gov permission. You're not running a commercial campground, right? If you give them a chance to say no, they'll do their best to say no.

It's your land, for crying out loud. And you're tent camping - not a highly intrusive or destructive activity. Just do it!
I was gonna post the same thing as these two.
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