Recent News and Announcements

Below are the City of Dover's most recent announcements.

  • Dover Police to host National Night Out event Aug. 2

    posted on 7/27/2022

    Dover Police Chief William M. Breault is pleased to announce that the Dover Police Department will be participating in National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. The event will take place at the police station located at 46 Chestnut St. from 4 to 7 p.m. and is free to the public. National Night Out is a time for community members to meet with police officers, discuss issues, learn what the police do, and unite with the common goal of crime prevention and safety.

    The public will be able to take tours of the station and see a variety of displays around the building including some of the specialized equipment and vehicles that the police use. These will include a police cruiser, the police motorcycle, the crime scene vehicle and our tactical rescue vehicle. Several officers, including our K9 officer will be at the event and interacting with the public.

    “We are pleased to invite all members of the community to join us for National Night Out,” said Chief Breault. “It is a great opportunity for us to meet with those we serve and enhance the strong relationship we have with the people of Dover.”

    There will also be community organizations on hand to provide literature and other information related to health, safety, and wellness. Information on drug prevention, treatment and recovery resources, violence prevention, and local mental health resources will be available to the public through various booths at the event. The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 443 will be outside the station cooking burgers and hot dogs for the public....more

  • City unveils online portal to submit, track planning projects, permits and licenses

    posted on 7/26/2022

    The City of Dover has created a new online system to streamline the process for applying and renewing permits and licenses, submitting construction plans and scheduling inspections.

    Available 24 hours a day, the city's portal for permits, plans and licensing at allows customers to utilize the system without entering a municipal building. It is geared to residents, contractors, real estate developers and businesses that support operations within the city. The portal has about 60 applications for permits, plans and business licenses, ranging from a driveway permit to a Class I Health License. Customers can view the status of their application at any time, pay fees online, receive email alerts when a permit or license is issued and download that permit or license from the site.

    "This new system is designed to improve our customer service by increasing efficiency and transparency while reducing the turnaround time for approving permits and licenses," said Dover Inspection Services Building Official James Maxfield. "The system will also assist our inspectors in the field by providing them access to a wealth of information, such as regulatory checklists to ensure code compliance. We'll also be able to complete inspection reports in the field and share them with permit holders in real time."

    This new service also supports land use and development process from application to signed, stamped plan, to site work, to construction and ultimately resulting in a certificate of occupancy, completion or business license. As part of the application process, customers can submit plans electronically and view City of Dover staff feedback as electronic plan markup on the plans submitted and listed in a corrections report in the portal....more

  • City Council to hold regular meeting, joint workshop with School Board Wednesday

    posted on 7/25/2022

    The City Council will hold a joint workshop with the School Board before its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 27, to discuss changing the budget adoption date to an earlier date next year.

    Moving the budget adoption to an earlier date would assist the school district in advertising new positions earlier in the year and help eliminate budget uncertainty for district staff. Moving the budget adoption earlier would also require an earlier adoption for the annual Capital Improvements Program, also a topic of discussion at the joint workshop. The workshop begins a 6 p.m. and will be held in City Hall’s Council Conference Room. Click here for the complete agenda.

    At its 7 p.m. regular meeting, the Council will hold two public hearings and consider a resolution that would condemn “racial and religious supremacist activities.”

    The resolution, sponsored by Ward 2 Councilor Robert Hinkel, states that “recent racial and religious supremacist activity has occurred in Dover, New Hampshire and elsewhere with the intent to foment hatred and incite fear, intimidation, and the threat of violence” and that “fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all people, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or place of origin, is a core value and priority of the City of Dover.” The resolution requests the city council to condemn “bigotry, discrimination, oppression, racism, and xenophobia in the strongest possible terms.”...more

  • City urges voluntary water conservation as Pudding Hill aquifer remains offline

    posted on 7/22/2022

    The City of Dover Community Services’ Director John Storer requests city water users to conserve water wherever possible as moderate drought conditions persist into its third week.

    This voluntary conservation request is due to the city’s primary drinking water source, the Pudding Hill aquifer, remaining offline as a new water treatment facility is being built. Other factors include the lack of rainfall and the ongoing heat wave increasing water use. Precipitation levels since late spring have fallen short of the amount necessary to replenish the underground reservoirs from which the city draws its water.

    “We’re asking the public to be mindful of their water use to ensure we have a sustainable drinking water supply,” said Storer. “Water levels are decreasing at all of our drinking water aquifers, including the Pudding Hill aquifer, which is not being used.”

    This voluntary conservation request results from consultation with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Conservation measures suggested by the NHDES and city staff include no outdoor water use except hand watering of vegetable gardens, flower gardens and new plantings, and shutting off automatic irrigation systems. The U.S. Drought Monitor has classified the region as being in moderate drought since July 5 and abnormally dry since July 28. The Drought Monitor also classified Dover as abnormally dry from May 17 through June 14.

    Monitoring wells at the city’s aquifer levels have shown levels decreasing levels since early spring, though still above levels experienced through the extended drought of 2020 through mid-2021. The Pudding Hill aquifer, capable of supplying about 40% of the water demand in the city, has been offline since 2019, when Storer and City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr., electively reserved it for emergency use until the treatment facility is online, expected within two years.

    If drought conditions persist and voluntary conservation measures are inadequate, the City Manager may enact mandatory water use restrictions to ensure a sustainable drinking water supply....more

  • Heat wave continues through the weekend

    posted on 7/21/2022; updated 7/22/2022

    The National Weather Service forecasts high temperatures to extend through this weekend. Daily high temperatures are expected to reach the low to mid 90s. Heat indices may reach the upper 90s to near 100, with hottest conditions expected on Sunday, July, 24, 2022. The heat index measures how hot it feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature.

    Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses. According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities annually.

    For an up-to-date forecast, visit the National Weather Service's information for Dover at

    Dover Fire Chief Michael McShane reminds residents they can use city buildings to cool off and urges them to be mindful of heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors....more

  • Dover Mental Health Alliance presents 99 Faces Project

    posted on 7/21/2022

    Join the Dover Mental Health Alliance for the Many Faces of Mental Health: 99 Faces Project on Monday, July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dover High School, 25 Alumni Drive, Dover.

    The evening will feature exhibit tours by the creator and artist Lynda Cutrell, sharing her thought process in creating the 99 Faces project and how it addresses issues of stigma and mental illness. After the tour, there will be a community conversation about mental health in the school library.

    The 99 Faces Project, working in collaboration with partners from science and journalism, address issues of stigma and mental illness. Large-scale portraits of 33 people with bi-polar disorder, 33 people with schizophrenia and 33 people who love them will be on display as well as three dimensional sculptures, video installations and paintings. To learn more about the 99 Faces...more

  • Dover Youth to Youth to vape industry: We are not your lab rats

    posted on 7/20/2022

    Dover Youth to Youth held a rally last week at Henry Law Park to bring attention to the nicotine vape industry, which they believe targets youth with flavored nicotine vapes.

    More than 40 members of Dover Youth to Youth’s Summer Training Program held signs and chanted at Henry Law Park on July 13 before holding a press conference on the program’s new “Lab Rat Campaign.”

    “We are concerned about the high use of e-cigarettes and vape devices among our peers,” said 11-year-old Eleanor Gorman, noting that more than one-third of Dover High School students had reported using the devices within the past 30 days in a 2019 survey. “Vapes contain more than just water vapor,” Gorman continued. In addition to nicotine, they contain chemicals and additives that give them flavor. Many of these chemicals have not been studied on the lungs, and we don’t’ know all the long-term health consequences.”...more

  • City Council endorses state historical marker for conflict between native peoples and Major Waldron

    posted on 7/18/2022; updated 7/20/2022

    The City Council, by a 6-1 vote, authorized the City Manager to send a letter on behalf of the City Council to the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (DHR) in support of installing a historical marker on a downtown section of Central Avenue. The historical marker would tell the broader story of the conflict between members of the Penacook and other indigenous people and Maj. Richard Waldron. Waldron lived on the site of the former county courthouse between First and Second streets in the 1600s.

    The resolution, available here, was sponsored by at-large councilors Lindsey Williams and Linnea Nemeth, and added to the agenda at the beginning of the July 13 meeting. Williams said the late addition of the resolution was due to the upcoming meeting of the DHR on July 25. The approximate $2,300 cost to have a state historical marker made and installed would be covered by a grant from the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective, the resolution states. Dover resident Alix Martin had submitted a preliminary draft proposal to the DHR, which expressed support for such a sign, according to the resolution background materials.

    “This request is in line with discussions of the Dover Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee and is an important effort to decolonize the story of two major historic events involving Richard Waldron and the Pennacook Abenaki at Cochecho in the 17th century,” the resolution background material states....more

  • City Council recognizes Dover Special Olympians with proclamation

    posted on 7/15/2022

    At the City Council meeting on July 13, 2022, Dover Mayor Robert Carrier and the City Council recognized Dover athletes, ambassadors and coaches who attended the Special Olympics USA Games in June.

    Ten athletes, two US youth ambassadors, and three coaches traveled to Orlando, Florida for this year's Special Olympics USA Games, as members of the New Hampshire Special Olympics Team. The team is the state’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities and provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic sports for children and adults.

    Several of the local athletes and coaches attended the July 13 City Council meeting to accept the proclamation.

    "We recognize the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of the athletes, ambassadors, and coaches as they have worked through the challenges to their training and practice sessions they faced due to the pandemic," said Mayor Carrier, reading from the proclamation....more

  • Next Dover Historic Walking Tour is July 23

    posted on 7/14/2022

    The next Dover Historic Walking Tour will take place on Saturday, July 23 at 9:30 a.m. Former Dover Public Library Director Cathy Beaudoin will serve as the guide, which will explore a variety of historical aspects of downtown Dover and will take roughly 90 minutes to complete. The tour costs $10 and will begin at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, located at 550 Central Avenue in Dover.

    There will also be tours on August 20 and September 17. To register for one of the Historic Walking Tours, visit

    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit association of businesses, professionals, individuals, and organizations working together to advance the economic wellbeing of its members and the community....more