No July Board of Appeals Meeting

Sec. 17-36.  Attaching advertising material to vehicles; placing materials in vehicles.

No person shall attach any advertising material of any kind, such as handbills, cards or papers, to the door handle, windshield wiper or any portion of any motor vehicle parked or standing in any street or public place, nor shall any person deposit any such material or samples of any kind within or upon any such vehicle so parked or standing. (Code 1966, §6-1-1.2)


Sec. 17-37. Affixing advertising materials to utility poles, etc.

No person shall attach, place, paint, write, stamp, paste or otherwise affix any sign, advertisement or other matter upon any electric light or public utilities pole, tree or fire hydrant, or on any bridge, pavement, sidewalk or crosswalk, public building or any property or thing belonging to the city or located in the public streets or other public places; provided, that this shall not be construed to prevent any public official from so doing for any public purpose.




New Demolition Permit Fees

New fee rates for Demolition Permits came into effect as of 1/27/2014.  Formerly based at the rate of $15 per $1000 assessed valuation of the structure to be demolished, Demolition Permit fees are now only $25 for accessory structures such as sheds or detached garages, and $50 for principle structures such as for homes or commercial buildings.   

Heating and Woodstove Inspections

Please call (207) 767-7603 x4 (Rich Steller, Building Inspector) to arrange an appointment for an inspection of a Single or Two-Family Heating Installation.  A heating or HVAC installation within a Residential Multi-unit (3 units or more), Business and/or Commercial Establishment requires an inspection by the South Portland Fire Department prior to use.

Also, all woodstove installations, including those in single and two family homes, must be inspected by the Fire Department prior to use.  Please call (207) 799-3311 and request to speak to the Deputy Fire Chief, to arrange an appointment for an inspection.

Tent permits

Tent permits are required for tents or canopies to be placed on commercial or public properties. The fee is $25. Individual residents putting up tents or canopies for family gatherings or wedding receptions on their own residential property are not required to obtain a tent permit.

Dimensional Variances

If the project you are intending to build will encroach on setbacks, you may need a variance from the Board of Appeals prior to getting the building permit. If you think you may need a variance, Please see Matt LeConte or call him at 207-767-7603 ext 2 to set up an appointment, and she will help you through the application process.

Excavation Permits, Excavator Licenses & Street Openings Generally

The Department issues City excavation licenses and street excavation permits. 

Excavation Permits are granted only to excavators licensed by the City of South Portland for the current calendar year.  Excavator Licenses are $300 and run annually through December 31st. Applications for a City Excavator License must be accompanied by a $10,000 bond and an insurance rider protecting the City from liability.

As of July 1, 2015, street opening permits (known as Excavation Permits) are $312 each, with the exception of a $50 fee for driveways only. 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. 

Public Utilities including Unitil, Portland Water District, Central Maine Power and Fairpoint will be invoiced, and their permit applications may be emailed to, with copies to and to .

Excavators working only on driveways are charged $50 each for Driveway Excavation permits. 

A separate $20 permit for location of a "curb cut" for a new driveway may be taken out by the property owner, but if any digging in the City right of way is involved with the proposed driveway, a currently City-licensed excavator must also take out an Excavation Permit for the driveway and pay the $50 fee. 

New homes that involved excavation for utilities as well as a driveway will require the basic Excavation Permit for $312, which will cover the water, sewer and driveway excavations All proposed excavations must be detailed on the application.

Code Enforcement

File Name Date Added File Size
Beekeeping_Permit_Application.pdf 4/26/2013 10.35 KB
Building_Permit_Application_2012.pdf 4/26/2013 64.72 KB
Chicken_Permit_Application.pdf 4/26/2013 54.96 KB
Criteria_for_new_decks_balconies_and_stairways.pdf 4/26/2013 10.86 KB
DEMOLITION PERMIT APPLICATION 2017-1027.doc 3/26/2018 33.00 KB
Drainage_Plan_Standards__Requirements_27-15361.pdf 4/26/2013 66.59 KB
Driveway_Curb_Cut-Widening_Permit_and_Information.pdf 4/26/2013 88.74 KB
Electrical_Permit.pdf 4/26/2013 108.97 KB
Excavation Permit Application Form.pdf 7/26/2018 102.87 KB
Excavations_in_Public_Places_-_booklet_revised_2011-0214.pdf 8/11/2015 3,958.89 KB
Heat_HVAC_Application.pdf 4/26/2013 27.84 KB
Home_Occupation_Application.pdf 4/26/2013 35.84 KB
MORATORIUM STREETS AS OF JANUARY 17 2018.pdf 1/19/2018 25.07 KB
Permit_for_curb_cut_driveway_entrance_driveway_widening.pdf 4/26/2013 22.68 KB
Plumbing_Permit_Application.pdf 4/26/2013 32.82 KB
Recommended_Standards_for_the_installation_of_Woodburning_Stoves.pdf 4/26/2013 400.19 KB
Retrictions_regarding_outdoor_Wood_fires.pdf 4/26/2013 12.43 KB
Safety_Tips_for_Wood_Stove_Operation.pdf 4/26/2013 17.18 KB
Sign_Permit_Application.pdf 4/26/2013 18.26 KB
Storage_Tank_Installation_Application.pdf 4/26/2013 27.11 KB
Temporary_Trailer_for_Storage_Office_or_Classroom.pdf 4/26/2013 36.38 KB
Tent_Permit_Application.pdf 4/26/2013 13.41 KB
Variances_-_Practical_difficulty_criteria_-_for_variance_applications.pdf 4/26/2013 11.15 KB
Woodstoves_and_Pellet_Stoves_-_Safety_Tips.pdf 4/26/2013 17.19 KB
Woodstove_installation_standards.pdf 4/26/2013 399.17 KB
Wood_Fires_-_Restrictions_Regarding_outdoor_wood_fires.pdf 4/26/2013 12.43 KB