NH House Leaders Comment on Passage of Bill Cutting Red Tape on Wetlands Permitting

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today commented on the passage of House Bill 1636, which eliminates bureaucratic red tape individuals have to go through to get a permit to repair or shore up property that is regularly affected by storms and ice.  This bill provides that certain permits for repair would no longer expire and require renewal after five years. HB 1636 passed on a voice vote.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“We need to ensure our employers know that New Hampshire is open for business and that the House of Representatives is their partners in state government to help make doing business easier, not more burdensome. House Bill 1636 does just that by providing that permits to repair property prone to damage from factors such as storms and ice no longer expire or require renewal. This Legislature has enacted over 43 new laws that cut regulation and red tape and we will continue to focus on initiatives that make it easier for our employers to thrive and expand to create more good, private sector jobs.” 

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Employers often tell us that the onerous permit process can be a major barrier to economic development in our state. This bill allows developers, contractors and property owners to use extensions on certain repair-oriented wetlands permits, which will help save them considerable time and expense.”