Keene has updated its zoning & permitting processes to create a simpler & more efficient experience for all.

The City’s land use regulations have helped us grow to where we are today, and we’re streamlining them to ensure that we can continue to benefit from new economic opportunities while maintaining Keene’s unique character.



 New regulations will are easy to navigate & include graphics to outline a clear process, from start to finish.


The updated structure provides a set of clear procedures for development queries & will create a more streamlined application process - eliminating the need to navigate multiple points of contact.


Although our regulations have worked in the past, they can be outdated & confusing.  This update will help guide us into the future, while protecting the crucial elements that make this a great place to live, work, & play.

Land Development Code & Downtown Zoning Update (Effective September 1, 2021)


  • On May 20, 2021, the  City Council adopted O-2020-10B & O-2020-11A establishing a Land Development Code and updating the City's downtown zoning, and O-2021-04, which establishes a Congregate Living and Social Services License.  These ordinances are effective September 1, 2021.

  • If you have have any questions about these changes, please contact: Tara Kessler at or at 603-352-5440.