This page serves as the primary resource for editors of New Hampshire. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.
New Hampshire is a part of the New England region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Thank you for your interest in editing the Waze maps for the State of New Hampshire. Please note New Hampshire follows the US national guidance with a few exceptions. Be sure to click on and read every link from this page for in-depth tips, guidance and advice.
Refer to the Glossary for common Waze related terms.
Tip: Editors are strongly encouraged to download & install the Waze Validator Plugin. This tool will identify map errors, and offers guidance on how to fix them. Use this to identify potential issues in areas you are working on but make sure not to be distracted by errors that do not pertain to you.
Before editing the maps in New Hampshire, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.
The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.
City Level Mapping Resources
- See NH Cities and Towns for links to city/town GIS pages and/or PLAT maps.
State Level Mapping Resources
- Interactive State Road Map - NHDOT. Includes Rest Area locations, and Turnpike toll booth locations. Road Inventory is supposed to be available through this map.
- Statewide GIS Map - Maintained by University of NH.
- NH Real-Time Traffic Map - Do not use for mapping (based on Google Maps data)
The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to New Hampshire.
- New Hampshire section of Waze forum
- The New England region forum
- The USA section of Waze Forum
- The USA segment unlock requests
New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.
There is also a Google Hangout for New Hampshire editors to chat in. If you are editing in New Hampshire, please ask for an invitation from the RC or State Manager listed below.
Cities and towns
One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).
When editing roads and places, please make sure you enter the correct name.
There are 234 Cities and Towns in New Hampshire. See the NH City List Page for proper naming information.
DO NOT Use ANY of the "Greater *** Area" names that currently litter the map, and correctly rename roads you come across.
Numbered US Highways shall be named as: US-###
Numbered State Highways shall be named as: SR-###
- Interstate 89 - From Concord to Lebanon (60.80 mi)
- Interstate 93 - (Portions Toll) From Salem to Littleton (131.39 mi)
- Interstate 95 - (Portions Toll) From Seabrook to Portsmouth (16.11mi)
- Interstate 293 - From Manchester to Hooksett (11.18 mi)
- Interstate 393 - From Concord to Pembroke (4.50 mi)
In New Hampshire we have a set minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank (level) in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (areas with construction, tricky design, frequent mistakes, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.
A great time to implement these locks is while bringing the road types of an area into compliance with the current US road type standards (FC and highway systems). Lock the roads based on type after they've been set to current US road type standards.
|Highest rank of connected segments|
Note: Do Not Mass Edit just to update locks to these standards, these can adjusted as you find while editing other aspects of the segments such as FC, speed limits, naming, etc.
Some segments still warrant higher locks and care should be taken when setting segment lock to these standards to look for and protect these special setups with higher locks. Some examples; segments which are part of BDP, U-turn prevention, or using micro-doglegs, or other complex intersection setups.
Functional Classification of Roads
New Hampshire is participating in the new Functional Classification (FC) across the entire state. Some highways may be downgraded, others may be upgraded.
State FC Resources
- NHDOT District Map (pdf) - Regional Planning Commissions (RPC)
- NHDOT State FC Map (pdf)
- NHDOT District FC Maps (See District Map to know which FC map to get) - Scroll down to "Roads By Function" and then click on the appropriate RPC Map.
NHDOT to Waze conversion table
The numbers correspond to the FC type indicated. (e.g. Class 6 road is a Minor Arterial)
|Interstate||US Hwy (incl. some special routes)||State Hwy (incl. some special routes)||State Hwy BUS, SPUR[a], LOOP||Locally-maintained|
|example>>>>>||I-95 N||US-2||SR-27 (SR-27A)||SR-400 Loop||Robertson St|
Match Rural FC labels to its Urban FC counterpart
A US Highway should never be typed lower than Major Highway (MH)
New Hampshire follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.
- Alleys should always be mapped if they have a name.
- Alleys should always be mapped if they are the sole access to a home or business.
- Alleys should always be set to "Private"
- Alleys are normally mapped if they are acknowledged by the municipality.
If an alley does not meet the above criteria, mapping is optional. Leave the name field blank.
Walking Trails, Pedestrian Boardwalks, & Stairways should not be mapped.
It is permitted to map Railroads, according to the wiki, since some users run Waze while on the train and contributing false data to the system. This false data has been known to affect drivers on adjacent roads.
Minimum Acceptable Information
All Places added to the map must contain the following entries:
- Proper Category
- Place Name
- Address (including address numbers)
- Placed in the correct location on the map
This is the minimum acceptable amount of information for inclusion on the map.
If a phone number is entered in the Place information, please utilize either of the following formats:
- (###) ###-####
Please correct the layout of any phone numbers you encounter while editing.
|PLACE TYPE||LOCK LEVEL|
|Military Installation / Airport||4|
|Hospitals / Urgent Care / Police & Fire Dept||4|
|National & State Parks and Monuments||4|
|Gas Stations / Charging Stations||3|
|Schools / Universities / Colleges||3|
|Government Buildings / Consulates||3|
|Commuter Rail Stations||3|
|City and Local Parks||2|
- All Places that have complete information (to include, at a minimum, address/city, hours of operation, phone number) are to be locked at Level 2. This is to prevent loss of data due to automatic acceptance of Place Update submissions from Trusted Users, or Place Update Request approvals from other editors without careful examination.
- If you do not have a high enough enough rank to lock the place as indicated, please lock it as high as you can, and notify a higher rank AM, SM, CM, or Champ to lock it higher.
Place Name Harmonization
In an effort to standardize Place Names, New Hampshire uses the following list of Common names. Please note the appropriate category name, as well as the listed spelling. This is necessary for the proper display of any advertising associated with the site (i.e. SUBWAY discounts)
For instance, if you are mapping a shopping center, this means that you map the area to cover the shopping center buildings, and the parking lots out to the outer ring road (if applicable). If there is no ring road, or for smaller shopping centers, map to the curb line.
If you are mapping a school, you would map out to the fence line (if visible) or to a reasonable distance from the school. Contact a AM, SM, CM, or Champ for assistance.
Hospitals / Urgent Care
Set the Stop Point over the Main Entrance to the facility. Additionally, map the Emergency Entrance with the same category name, but place it over the Emergency entrance location. ERs encompassed in a hospital Place Area should be Points, and named in the following fashion: E.R. - Hospital Name
Places which are part of a larger encompassing place (i.e. place points for lot in a university area, Separate ER entrances in a hospital area, etc.) should be named with their unique name followed by a hyphen and the name of the larger area they belong to. For example "E.R. - Generic Medical Center"
The Parking Lot Place marks a well-defined area constructed for off-street public parking, including parking structures and garages as well as at-grade lots. There are many elements that must be considered before deciding to map a parking lot. Currently, the details are covered in Places/Parking lot.
Unless you have permission from the State Manager, please only map the following types of parking lots:
- Public parking lots (Indicate that they are public lots in the description)
- Named lots around an arena/theater/venue (advise SM when you do these)
- Park and Ride lots/structures
You should familiarize yourself with the Gas Stations wiki - specifically naming, branding, and stop points.
Also understand, that to provide the best navigation instructions for a Wazer, u-turns should be enabled at each end of the PLR drawn through the gas station.
Not mapped. Handled by POI Search. Those with historical significance can be mapped. Internal roads should be mapped using the Parking Lot Road type if roads are warranted.
Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:
Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.
When adding a camera, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.
Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in New Hampshire.
Based on information researched at the time this page was created, red light and speed cameras are prohibited statewide in New Hampshire.
No other camera types should be mapped in Waze.
To do list
Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.
This state does not currently have an active "to do" list at this time. Check in the New Hampshire section of the Waze forums to discuss creating one.
Working with URs
New Hampshire has adopted a 36hr/4/7 day standard when dealing with User Requests.
When responding to URs, please remember the wise words of the scholar, brevity is the soul of wit.
More than likely, the user is going to be reading your response in the Waze App, so try and keep it as short as possible, while still conveying the information, or request desired.
If you're editing in New Hampshire, we ask that you turn on the LIVE USERS layer in the editor. If you see another editor show up where you are editing, and move around you, please check WME Chat. Also, check and see if you have a Private Message (PM) in the Forum.
There may be an issue with the area you're editing in, or what you are doing.
Never Be Unreachable!
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in New Hampshire. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers New Hampshire, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in New Hampshire, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for New Hampshire is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|New Hampshire — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): orbitc ( ) and Banished ( )
GHO Display Name
| Country Managers (New England region)|
| orbitc(6) [ ]
|New England Region|| |
Region 9 Northeast & 8 New England
| karlcr9911(6) [ ]
SM of NH & TX / AM NYC / US Champ & WME Mentor
| Qwaletee(6) [ ]
|Very active in NJ and Metro NYC. SM for all of Northeast and New England regions.|| |
Local Champ. Resident of NJ. SM NJ,NY,PA,New England.
| Dmcrandall(5) [ ]
|Country Wide|| |
US Country Manager
| MojaveCactusMonkey(5) [ ]
M of CT/RI & NV, Country Manager USA
|State Managers (New England region)|
| Moogonk(5) [ ]
Resident NH State Manager
| Area Managers |
| johnsninja58(3) [ ]
|I drive up and down the Northeast Coast|
|Le_Mig402(2) [ ]||Southwestern NH||All along NH-101, and up into the White Mountains|
The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
|Robert04101(5) [ ]||Hanover-Derry corridor|| |
|rmrheaume(4) [ ]||Southern NH and Eastern MA|
|nhmapguy(3) [ ]||Upper Valley|
|MisterJGM(2) [ ]||Manchester Area|
|tenetienne(2) [ ]||Nashua||Primarily central MA|
|applephx(1) [ ]||Southern ME, NH, Northeast MA|
|jimnh(1) [ ]||Hampstead area|
|khauser24(1) [ ]||Everett Turnpike Area|
|theClaw56(1) [ ]||Southern NH and Northeast MA|
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