Town of Ashland
20 Highland Street,
P.O. Box 517
Ashland NH 03217

Voice: 603.968.4432
Fax: 603.968.3776

Ashland, New Hampshire

Welcome to the official website of the Town of Ashland, New Hampshire. Residents and visitors alike will find information about the town government and the community.

Ashland is a picturesque rural community, gateway to the Lakes Region and on the southern edge of the White Mountain National Forest. The community of Ashland is bordered on the west by the Pemigewasset River and on the east by Little Squam Lake (the original location of the movie "On Golden Pond"). Ashland offers historical places, outdoor recreational opportunities, local artists and businesses to visit, as well as dining, shopping, and other services.

News and Notices Town Government Meetings Community Events

Board of Selectmen 2014 Mission Statement

The Ashland Board of Selectmen seek to build and maintain the public's trust and understand the public's needs by providing a friendly proactive leadership, sound financial management practices and operate a cost-effective and efficient open and engaging town government.

  • Collaborative, objective, fact-based decision process
  • Transparent government
  • Honesty and high ethical standards
  • Fair, friendly, and responsive customer service
  • Planning for present and future needs
  • Communication and coordination with town and regional commissions, committees, departments and boards to help ensure inclusive and effective actions

News and Notices

Important Community information will be sent out via the Ashland Info-Blast as needed or the twice monthly Town Bulletin. To receive Info-Blasts or Town Bulletins, use the sign-up box in the right-hand column on the front page of the website.

All Town Offices and Departments will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Town Administrator's Report -- November 2014

New Items

     2015 CIP Plan -- Executive Summary and PowerPoint (Presented Oct 6, 2014)
     Code Enforcement Complaint Form
     Citizen Inquiry/Complaint Form
     Right to Know (91-A) Request for Information Procedure and Form

Water and Sewer Commissioner Vacancy: There is an opening for a Water and Sewer Commissioner due to a resignation. The position will be appointed until the March 2015 election. Interested Ashland residents should send a letter/email of interest to Chairman Eli Badger. Address letter to Water and Sewer Department, Att: Eli Badger, 6 Collins St., Ashland NH 03217 or email

Board and Committee Vacancies exist for the following positions. Submit letter or email of interest to Paul Branscombe.
Zoning Board -- 1 full member and 1 alternate member
Planning Board -- 1 alternate member

Advance Notice -- Pemigewasset River Drawdown, September 2015

Upcoming Town Government Meetings

November 25 -- 150th Anniversary Committee Meeting Agenda -- 6:00 pm, Ashland Railroad Station

November 25 -- Board of Selectmen Meeting Agenda -- 6:30 pm, Town Office

November 25 -- Electric Commission Meeting Agenda -- 7:00 pm, Utility Office

December 1 -- Board of Selectmen Meeting -- 7:00 pm, Elementary School Library

December 2 -- School Board Meeting -- 6:30 pm, Elementary School Library

December 2 -- Water and Sewer Commission Meeting -- 7:00 pm, Utility Office (side entrance)

December 3 -- Planning Board Meeting -- 7:00 pm, Elementary School Library

December 4 -- Budget Committee Meeting -- 5:30 pm, Elementary School Library

December 9 -- Electric Commission Meeting -- 7:00 pm, Utility Office

December 10 -- Housing Standards Board Meeting -- 4:00 pm, Fire Station

December 10 -- Conservation Commission Meeting -- 6:30 pm, Town Office

December 15 -- Board of Selectmen Work Session -- 7:00 pm, Elementary School Library

December 16 -- Economic Development Committee -- 6:00 pm, Fire Station

December 16 -- Water and Sewer Commission Meeting -- 7:00 pm, Utility Office (side entrance)

December 17 -- Planning Board Work Session -- 6:30 pm, Town Office

December 23 -- Electric Commission Meeting -- 7:00 pm, Utility Office

Upcoming Community Events

Operation Santa Claus -- If you would like to support a child this holiday season, tree tags are available at Meredith Village Savings Bank and Bob's Shure Fine Market. Tags include the child's gender, age, sizes and interests. Return instructions are located on the back of each tag. All items should be returned by December 8, 2014. If you would like to give a cash donation, checks can be made out to Operation Santa Claus and mailed to: Ashland Fire Department, Operation Santa Claus, PO. Box 856, Ashland NH 03217.

Raffle to benefit downtown Christmas lights and decorations -- Additional information and tickets available at Highlites beauty shop (968-8308) and at the Ashland Town Library. Drawing will be held on Christmas Night in Ashland, December 6.

November 21 -- Kids Night Out -- 6:00-9:00 pm -- Booster Club. Cost $5 per child. Call the P&R Director at 968-9209 to register.

November 24 -- Book Discussion Group -- 7:00-8:00 pm -- Ashland Town Library. This month's selection is "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman.

November 25 -- Thanksgiving Story Time -- 6:00-7:00 pm -- Ashland Town Library. Sign up at the desk to reserve a space.

December 4 and 11 -- Reading with Willow -- 6:00-7:00 pm -- Ashland Town Library. Sign up at the Library desk to reserve a space.

December 5 -- Pre-School Story Time -- 10:30-11:30 am -- Ashland Town Library. Sign up at the Library desk to reserve a space.

December 5 -- Christmas Night in Ashland -- 5:00-8:00 pm -- See list of events here!

December 9 -- Gold Medal Readers Book Discussion Group -- 6:00--7:00 pm -- Ashland Town Library. Book selection: "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate. This new Book Discussion Group is for middle school to high school students.

December 6 -- Santa Sale -- 10:00-Noon -- Let your children do their Christmas shopping! -- Riveredge Marina, Ashland. Items are $1.00.

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Dog Licensing

Vital Records

Property Taxes

Code Red Emergency Communications Network

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Pay Water/Sewer Bills

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