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Section 236:58 Camping Along Highways and on Public Property

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Title XXX, Transportation, Chapter 236, Highway Regulations, Protection, and Control Regulations

Synopsis: A law that bans camping on a public right-of-way or public property without permission from the regulatory body. Permission from a regulatory body can be as simple as camping in an area that is already designated for camping, such as a campground. This law was largely enacted to empower law enforcement to remove homeless persons from camping on sidewalks and public parks.

236:58 Camping Restricted. – No person shall pitch a tent or place or erect any other camping device or sleep on the ground within the public right-of-way or on public property unless permission is received from the governing board of the governmental authority having jurisdiction over such public right-of-way or property.

Source. RSA 249:54. 1975, 335:1. 1981, 87:1, eff. April 20, 1981.

236:59 Penalty. – Any person who violates RSA 236:58 shall be guilty of a violation if a natural person, or guilty of a misdemeanor if any other person; and, in addition, shall be liable for the cost of restoration for any damage caused to a highway easement or right-of-way.

Source. RSA 249:55. 1975, 335:1. 1981, 87:1, eff. April 20, 1981.

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