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.



Beginning on August 6, 2019, properties that are designated historic or contain structures built in 1940 or earlier may be subject to a delay of up to 90 days on issuance of a demolition permit or building permit for exterior work. This delay is being enacted pursuant to Ordinances #01-19/20 and #02-19/20, adopted by City Council on July 16, 2019.

For more information, contact the Planning Director, Milan Nevajda at

 Permit Delay Process.pdf


                                        ORDINANCE - Historic Preservation - Chapters 2, 5, 24.pdf

                                        ORDINANCE - Historic Preservation - Chapter 27.pdf


 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 (Derrick Stephens, 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, residential or public properties. The fee is $25.

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 Barb Skelton or call her at 207-347-4130 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, 2020, street opening permits (known as Excavation Permits) are $474 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 a copy 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 $474, which will cover the water, sewer and driveway excavations All proposed excavations must be detailed on the application.

Bus Service Route Map

Required City Department E-Mail Notifications:

Doug Howard (Public Works)                        

Rick Sargent (South Portland Bus Service)   

Dave Kasik (City Inspector)                           

Kevin Gerrish (Police Department)                

Mike Williams (Fire Dept/ Fire Alarm)            

Code Enforcement

File Name Date Added File Size
2019 Excavator License Application FILLABLE - 6-5-19.pdf 6/6/2019 124.82 KB
Beekeeping_Permit_Application.pdf 4/26/2013 10.35 KB
Building Permit Application 7-27-20 Fillable.pdf 7/27/2020 182.04 KB
Chickens - Annual Permit - FILLABLE 5-13-19.pdf 2/18/2021 93.38 KB
Criteria_for_new_decks_balconies_and_stairways.pdf 4/26/2013 10.86 KB
Curb Cut, Driveway Entrance & Widening Application - Fillable 7-16-19.pdf 7/16/2019 113.77 KB
Demolition Permit Application - Fillable - 9-24-21.pdf 9/24/2021 168.68 KB
Drainage_Plan_Standards__Requirements_27-15361.pdf 4/26/2013 66.59 KB
Electrical Permit Application - 6-23-20 - Fillable.pdf 6/23/2020 151.58 KB
Excavation Permit Application - 10-5-2020 Fillable.pdf 10/5/2020 101.52 KB
Excavations_in_Public_Places_-_booklet_revised_2011-0214.pdf 8/11/2015 3,958.89 KB
Grazing Permit Application - Fillable 8-29-19.pdf 9/17/2019 159.57 KB
Heating-HVAC Permit - 4-27-20.docx 4/27/2020 31.70 KB
Heating-HVAC Permit - Fillable 4-27-20.pdf 4/27/2020 114.61 KB
Home Occupation Application.pdf 2/24/2020 370.72 KB
Permit_for_curb_cut_driveway_entrance_driveway_widening.pdf 4/26/2013 22.68 KB
Plumbing Permit Application 3-30-21.pdf 3/30/2021 540.25 KB
Plumbing Permit Application Fillable 3-30-21.pdf 3/30/2021 544.84 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
Sewer Impact Application.pdf 2/24/2020 327.03 KB
Sewer_Impact_Application - Fillable 2020.pdf 11/18/2020 337.54 KB
Sign Permit Application - Fillable 4-1-20.pdf 4/1/2020 113.87 KB
Storage Trailer-Container Application - REVISED.pdf 2/24/2020 108.47 KB
Storage_Tank_Installation_Application.pdf 4/26/2013 27.11 KB
Swimming Pool Permit Application 4-8-21 - Fillable.pdf 4/8/2021 179.84 KB
Tent Permit Application - Fillable - 9-24-21.pdf 9/24/2021 137.30 KB
Utility Location Permit Application.pdf 4/3/2019 366.36 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