Code Enforcement Department
Department of Planning & Development
(Code Enforcement, Planning and Engineering)
Main Office: 207-767-7603
Director of Code: 207-347-4130
496 Ocean Street (Former Hamlin School Building)
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Beginning July 1st, 2019 the Department of Planning & Development will be
closed on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Barb Skelton - Director of Code Enforcement
Matt LeConte - Deputy Code Enforcement Officer
Aaron Anderson – Electrical Inspector
Amy Roy - Administrative Assistant
Derrick Stephens – Health Inspector
Rich Steller - Building & Plumbing Inspector
Dave Kasik - Engineering Inspector
The Code Enforcement portion of the Department of Planning and Development issues permits and conducts inspections for all electrical, plumbing, and building work done within the City. Code Enforcement staff provides technical information relative to zoning and reviews and comments on site plans for conformance with the zoning code, and staffs the Board of Appeals.
The Department issues City excavation licenses and street excavation permits. Contractors may now download the street excavation permit application, fill it in electronically, then mail or bring it in to the office with the check for the permit. The fee for street excavation permits is currently $425, with the exception of a $50 fee for driveways only. Public utilities including Unitil, Portland Water District, and Fairpoint will be invoiced, and their permit applications may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, with copies to email@example.com. More information may be found about excavations on the Applications and Information page.
The Health Inspector inspects food service establishments and handles other health-related issues.
Any new wiring requires an electrical permit. If you are replacing or adding a service, you must provide the CMP work order number when applying for your permit. Only electricians with a valid state of Maine electrician's license may take out electrical permits and do new electrical wiring in the City of South Portland. A valid electrical permit is required to set up the inspection.
State law requires all municipalities to exclusively employ individuals who are verified by the Department of Economic and Community Development for the purpose of codes enforcement. Code officials typically attend 60 hours of training seminars a year to maintain certification in their respective fields.
Copies of tax maps are available and can be downloaded from the website.
Please call the Director of Code Enforcement at 207-347-4130, for any questions you may have relating to Code Enforcement and Board of Appeals issues, street openings, excavation permits or licenses, and changing or obtaining a new street address for a property under development.
GIS - City parcel and zoning map information