Featured: Winter Parking Ban & Overnight Parking

Winter Parking Ban in effect from December 1 to April 1. During the winter months of 2017 & 2018, public parking lots at Waterman Drive and the Boat Launch at Bug Light Park are available for city residents and their guests to temporarily park during the winter parking ban. Read More

Short Term Rental Registration
Update: A referendum petition has been filed for Ordinance #12-17/18 and Ordinance #13-17/18. Read More
Winter Plow Operations/Snow Removal
South Portland's Department of Public Works is committed to removing the snow and ice from streets as rapidly as possible to enable mobility and safe driving conditions throughout the winter months. Read the Winter Operations brochure here. Read More
Property Tax Assistance Program
Applications MUST be RECEIVED by April 13, 2018. If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application, please contact Rebekka Conley at 767-7609. Click here to download the application and view the FAQs. Read More

To see all scheduled City Committee Meetings visit the Calendar

Schedule for City Council Department Budget Hearings: 

  • Monday, March 19 – Manager provides City Council with budget electronically (next day provides hard copy)
  • Thursday, April 5th – (7 pm) School and Municipal budget presentations/public hearing
  • Thursday, April 12th  – Workshop 1 on various department budgets
    • 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Library
    • 5:45 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. Human Resources, Civil Service, General Assistance
    • 6:35 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Planning & Development, Street Opening, Sewer Impact
    • 7:20 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Police/Dispatch
    • 8:10 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. Executive, Corporation Counsel, City Buildings, Contingency, Abatement, Reserve, County Tax, Grants, Other
  • Thursday, April 19th – Workshop 2 on various department budgets
    • 5:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Fire
    • 5:50 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Sustainability
    • 6:20 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Public Works
    • 7:10 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Parks and Recreation, Harbor Commission, Boat Ramp, Portland Street Pier
  • Thursday, April 26th – Workshop 3 on various department budgets
    • 5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. City Clerk
    • 5:15 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. Water Resource Protection
    • 6:05 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. Transportation, Bus
    • 7:35 p.m. to 8:05 p.m. SPC-TV, Information Technologies
    • 8:05 p.m. to 8:25 p.m. Finance/Assessing, Debt, Employee Benefits
    • 8:25 p.m. to 8:55 p.m. TIF/Economic Development
    • 8:55 p.m. to 9:15 p.m Wrap Up
  • Thursday, May 3rd – 5pm: Final workshop on budget/resolve “parking lot” items/discuss School budget if needed
  • Tuesday, May 15th – (7pm) Public hearing/approval of school budget
  • Tuesday, June 19th – (7pm) Appropriation Resolve

To see all scheduled City Committee Meetings visit the Calendar

For the Week of March 19:

03/19/18   Open Space Committee
03/19/18   Conservation Commission
03/20/18   Board of Education - Budget Workshop I
03/20/18   City Council Executive Session & Meeting
03/21/18   Energy & Recycling Committee
03/21/18   Bike/Ped Committee
03/22/18   Civil Service - Public Hearing
03/22/18   Board of Education - Budget Workshop II
03/22/18   Arts & Historic Preservation Committee - Site Walk


Responses to Questions asked at Council Meetings:

Q:  What constitutes the need for a food license?  If I prepare food, such as chowder, and offer it to my guests (as a short-term rental owner), am I in violation of the ordinance?

A:  Ordinance #12-17/18 states in Sec. 14-803(k):

“No food shall be prepared for, or served to, short-term rental guests by the Hosted-Home Stay or Non-Hosted Home Stay registrant or his/her/its agent that would require an eating establishment license under either State law or Article VI of this Chapter.”

 State Law requires a State Food License (issued from DHHS or the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry) for any place where food and drink is prepared and served – this includes food establishments, eating establishments,  food processing plants, or the making of home food items.  The owner of a short-term rental cannot prepare and serve food to guests that would constitute the need for a State food license.  More info can be found here:  http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/el/business/business-answers-restaurants.htm#01

South Portland City Hall
25 Cottage Road
South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 767-3201

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm

The Treasury Office and the City Clerk's Office remain open on Thursday  evenings until 6:30pm for the convenience of the public.



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All city offices, including Public Works and the Transfer Facility, will be closed on the following dates:


                                                     January 1                         New Year’s 2018
                                                    January 15                      Martin Luther King Day
                                                     February 19                        Presidents’ Day
                                                      April 16                              Patriots’ Day
                                                      May 28                              Memorial Day
                                                      July 4                            Independence Day
                                                  September 3                            Labor Day
                                                    October 8                            Columbus Day
                                                  November 12                        Veterans Day (Observed)
                                                  November 22                        Thanksgiving Day
                                                    December 25                           Christmas
                                                     January 1                        New Year’s Day 2019

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