Welcome to North Haven, Maine


North Haven is one of Maine's fourteen unbridged island communities.  It lies in Penobscot Bay approximately twelve miles from the midcoast city of Rockland. It is served by a Maine Department of Transportation ferry making three round trips a day from Rockland. The island's ferry link is of course dependent on the whims of wind and tide.

Its year-round population of 355 (2010 Census) swells in July and August with the return of families who own or rent seasonal homes on the Island. In 2019, North Haven celebrates the 172nd anniversary of its name day (and its 173rd year of independence from Vinalhaven).

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Planning Board Hearing

The North Haven Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on November 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., via Zoom, regarding a Preliminary Subdivision Plan Application submitted by North Haven Sustainable Housing for "South Shore Road Housing Development" Subdivision.

A copy of the Preliminary Subdivision Plan Application is on file at the town office and can be found below. If you would like to attend the Zoom Hearing please register your email address with the Town Office at 207-867-4433. An email with the zoom meeting link will be sent 24 hours before to the hearing. 

The Planning Board will be holding a meeting following the Public Hearing in order to reach a decision on the North Haven Sustainable Housing Preliminary Subdivision Plan Application.

Patricia Curtis, Planning Board Chair 

North Haven Sustainable Housing Preliminary Subdivision Plan Application part 1 and part 2.

Airstrip:  Passenger & Freight Transportation

There has been considerable discussion about Penobscot Island Air's (PIA) use of Watson's airstrip over the summer.  As town administrator, I've been involved in this issue since I started in July 2018.  But as most people know, this has been an ongoing concern for decades.  I've written a lengthy article for the October edition of the North Haven News in which I attempt to lay out the pertinent history up through today.  I'm attaching the article and the associated documents below.  My thanks to everyone involved.  Please be patient as the Town, PIA, the Watson family, and the community at large continue to work through this.

Respectfully,

Rick Lattimer

Water Tank Repainting

The Town of North Haven is seeking interested vendors to submit proposals to repaint the interior and exterior of its municipal water tank.  You may find the request for proposals here, along with a report of the water tank, and the tank's identification plaquePlease note: the request for proposals has been amended to extend the proposal due date and the award date.

Please contact Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator, with any questions, 207.867.4433.

Select Board Meeting - October 28, 2020

The Select Board holds its regular meetings each week on Wednesday at 5:00 pm.  During the pandemic, the public may generally participate by telephone.

Here are the conference call instructions:

Dial:  866.726.3900

Passcode:  6076813#

Here is the agenda for this evening's meeting.



Mullens Head Park

Our park is a tremendous asset to our community. Please help us take good care of it so everyone can enjoy it. We recently had a fire in the forest near Vista Beach that could have been catastrophic were it not for the quick response of our volunteer fire fighters. We have also found large amounts of garbage — some left over from picnics and other outings and some that is obviously household trash. We rely on volunteers to take care of the park. Please do your part to help. Carry out what you carry in, use the designated grills or your own grills - but no open fires, and clean up if you see a mess. Thanks for your cooperation.    Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator

Transfer Station -- Schedule and Hours, Payment, and Recycling Guidelines

Starting October 14, 2020, the Transfer Station is open Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 to 4:00.  We will be accepting cash, but strongly prefer people purchase stickers for household trash at the Town Office.  Stickers cost $1.50 each.  A $1.50 sticker goes on a 33-gallon bag.  Place 1/2 a sticker on a 13-gallon kitchen bag.  Place two stickers on a large contractor bag.  The Town Office accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

For an updated list of what can and cannot be discarded in the recycling compacter, click here.

Job Opening - Clinic Assistant Substitute

The Town is seeking a responsible person willing to act as an occasional substitute for the Clinic Assistant.  If interested, please contact Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator, at 207.867.4433 or via email at [email protected]

The position will remain open until filled.

Contractor Guidance

If you are a contractor coming to the island to perform essential work, as defined in Governor Mills' orders (see the list here), please observe this guidance.

Please call the Town Office or contact Rick Lattimer, Town Administrator with any questions, 207.867.4433 or [email protected]

Thank you for helping to keep yourselves and others safe from the virus.

Emergency Services

In case of emergency, please dial 911.  North Haven participates in the Knox County Emergency Management System.  Upon calling, a 911 operator will take your information and immediately contact North Haven's EMS and Fire Department, as appropriate.

Town of North Haven Planning Board

Topic: North Haven Planning Board Meeting

Time: Apr 8, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

In accordance with Governor Janet Mills State of Emergency Order, the North Haven Planning Board will be meeting via Zoom Meeting. To take part in this meeting, log into Zoom using the information below:


Join Zoom Meeting

  • Meeting ID: 697 443 596

Town Initiatives

For updates on the initiatives discussed during the meeting in August 2019, please go to this page on the Town's website.

2019 North Haven Town Report

For a copy, click here.

Coronavirus - Resolution Encouraging People to Limit Travel

The North Haven Select Board heard several concerns about the order it issued on March 15, 2020.  The Governor's legal counsel noted that only the governor has the ability to restrict travel; municipalities do not have that authority.  Accordingly, the Board rescinded the order and has instead adopted this resolution.  The resolution strongly encourages people not to travel.  This is completely consistent with the advice of governments at all levels and healthcare officials. 

The resolution is effective immediately. 

Several people raised concerns that the Board's previous order was - at heart - an attempt to protect year-round residents at the expense of occasional residents' rights.  Nothing like that was intended.  While the intent of the order was perhaps not worded carefully, the gist of the Board's concerns are now stated in the resolution:  "Refrain from traveling away from the places where you are currently living - whether that is on North Haven or elsewhere - and that if you reside in places with better access to medical care than North Haven can provide you should refrain from traveling to the island."  In other words, if you are on the island, please stay here.  If not, please read the resolution carefully before considering coming to the island during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

The Board continues to struggle with how to best protect people from the Coronavirus.  The Town has limited resources.  The addition of even a few people could strain those resources to the point where more people would become at risk.  Thank you for your understanding.


Recycling at the Transfer Station

Click here for a copy of recycling guidelines at the Transfer Station. As many recyclers know, the market for recycled materials has undergone some dramatic changes. Our recycling provider, Ecomaine, has issued new guidelines to match the demand of a shrinking market for some categories of materials. Please consult it.

Burn Pile

Please remember that the burn pile is restricted to brush and untreated wood. (Latex painted construction debris is allowed.) Access to and use of the burn pile is primarily on an "honor system". The Transfer Station staff cannot continuously monitor the pile. The discarding of noxious and toxic debris which ends up being burned may result in drastic action by the state Department of Environmental Protection, up to and including permanent closure.

Ferry Information

Propane Trips: for a copy of the 1-6-16 line-up policy for passengers on propane transport trips, click here.

Line Numbers: Click here for information for how get a line number.

Rockland Line-up Policies: Click here for policies and procedures at the Rockland Terminal, including rules on switching vehicles.

Cancellation Emails: to receive email notice of ferry cancellations, click here and follow the instructions to sign up for the notice.

Water Department

Click here for a copy of the 2017 Consumer Confidence Report

Tax Maps Assessors' Information

Now online. Click here for link