Planning & Urban Development

Department Update

Although City Hall is currently closed, the Planning and Urban Development Department continues to process and review applications.

Planning Board and Historic Preservation Board meetings have been cancelled temporarily, but we will update the Department’s webpage with new meeting dates and related information as soon as possible.

Please keep in mind that in addition to meeting schedules being disrupted at the moment, some of our processes are necessarily altered during this unusual time.  Thank you for your patience!

All site plan, zoning map./text amendments, conditional use, and historic preservation applications can still be applied for through the CSS (Citizen Self Service Portal).

To view the Guidelines for Construction during the COVID-19 emergency, click here.

For any questions, comments or concerns, please contact us by e-mail at planning@portlandmaine.gov

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​about the department

The Planning and Urban Development Department promotes and plans for the future vitality, livability and prosperity of this remarkable city and all its people.

The Planning and Urban Development Department’s work involves overseeing and directing all planning and urban development activities including:

  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Managing and improving the City’s Zoning, Site Plan Subdivision and Historic Preservation Ordinances
  • Working with developers, neighborhoods and citizens on site plan review of larger projects
  • Design review of developments
  • Management of the City's Public Art program
  • Transportation Planning, in coordination with other City departments
  • Administration of City housing assistance programs;
  • Administration of federal application process for community development and redevelopment assistance
  • Administration of the Lead Based Paint Program
Portland is Maine’s largest economic center and its largest residential community. We will continue to work together to maintain that balance, while positioning our city to compete globally in a world-class market.

Explore our programs and activities through the links to the left. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us, we are here to help!

We encourage your feedback

We encourage Portland residents to submit written comments to the Planning Board and Planning staff by emailing: planningboard@portlandmaine.gov. (If related to a specific project or property please do your best to reference the exact address so it can be included with the project’s file.) 

Please note: All comments submitted will become public record.  

For all other inquiries related to projects, or submitting an application please email planning@portlandmaine.gov or call 207-874-8719.

Pre-Application development review meetings​


Pre-Application Meetings are currently held every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m..  These meetings are being held virtually via Google Hangouts Meet.  Thirty minute meetings will be scheduled by appointment only and will be scheduled upon receipt of this request.  Following confirmation that the pre-application meeting has been scheduled, a link to the on-line session will be circulated to the participants.  At the meeting, City department representatives will be available to answer your questions and provide you with guidance on City actions, regulations, and requirements pertaining to your project.

These meetings are intended for informational purposes only.

To request a meeting fill out the Pre-Application Request Form and email it to planning@portlandmaine.gov along with any supporting documents or drawings.