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Private Roads: Introduction

Reviewed 2/21/2019

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Although there is a lot of information about New Hampshire road law in the statutes and in books explaining the law, there is very little written specifically about private roads. 

According to the New Hampshire Municipal Association, “there is currently no clear definition of a ‘private road’; there is no bright-line test to distinguish, for example, an easement for a driveway to serve a few houses in common from a private road”. Attorney Peter J. Loughlin, in Municipal Taxation and Road Law, defines public roads as “free and common to all citizens” but does not define private roads; however, based on the Loughlin discussion, they are clearly roads which are not “free and common to all the citizens”. 


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