New to Somersworth


The City of Somersworth contracts out their trash pickup. The contract is currently with Waste Management. Trash pickup is once a week, recycling is every other week on the same day. Trash is picked up on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday depending on which street you live on. Refer to the recycling schedule, sorted by street name, to find out when your trash is picked up. The dates at the top of the schedule reflect when the recycling is picked up.

Your trash has to be placed in blue bags with the city seal on it. Trash bags can be picked up at these locations. Recycling bins are available at the City Clerk/Tax Office at City Hall during their regular hours at a cost of $8.00 each. You need to use at least one City bin.

For any questions, please contact Public Works at 692-4266. or email

Auto Registration

Please come to the Tax Office at City Hall and bring with you: 1) proof of address such as a utility bill or a current piece of mail with your name, current address and a current postmark and 2) your current New Hampshire registration and if applicable, 3) your current out-of-state title or complete name and address of your lien holder.

We do have plates and stickers available. We currently carry regular passenger, motorcycle, tractor, trailer, agriculture and farm plates. We also have on hand the Conservation-Heritage “Moose” plate. We are online with the State of New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles and can now process requests for Initial plates as well. Our Gross Weight limit has gone from 8,000 lbs to 26,000 lbs which allows us to now complete the heaviest of the pickups and many motor homes too.

We currently accept cash, checks or Mastercard, Discover Card and American Express. There is a fee. If you should have any questions, please contact the Tax Office at 692-9555.


To find your voting location, look for your street in the wards here. The City Clerk has a master ward list. Because many streets are divided into two or more wards, it is important to check with the City Clerk’s office at 692-9511 or 692-9512.

In order to register to vote in the City of Somersworth, a person must be 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States and a resident of Somersworth. The applicant must present proof of citizenship, age and domicile. Residents may register to vote in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours. Residents may also register to vote at their polling place on election day and at any session of the Supervisors of the Checklist.

For any questions, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 692-9511 or 692-9512.

Building Permits

Any construction work requires a permit. You can contact the Building Inspector’s office at 692-9520 and ask any member of the staff for what permit is applicable before construction begins.

The average turn-around-time to process a Building Permit is two to ten working days. This is subject to the Inspector’s workload provided the permit application is complete and the Code Office has no questions.

Inspections are required for all construction that requires a permit (building, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical permits) for Health Licenses and for zoning verification.

Permit applications are available in the Development Services office or you can find them online here.

The owner or the contractors are responsible for scheduling the inspections. The contact information is attached to the permit application and has all the necessary information attached.

For any questions, please contact the Code Enforcement Office at 692-9520.