Applications

For Business Licensing applications please click here.  

BUILDING AND FIRE PERMITS

Have you designed your project to meet code?  Click here to see the most current list of codes adopted by the city.

  • **NEW** - The 2021 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) will go into effect statewide on 1/1/22.
  • **NEW** - The 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC) went into effect in Portland on 12/19/21.  Click here for more details.
  • The 2021 International Energy and Conservation Code (IECC) went into effect in Portland on 7/1/21.  Click here for more details.

How to Submit Permit Applications

  • All building permit applications must be submitted through the Citizens Self Service portal (CSS). It is recommended you use Chrome or Internet Explorer on a desktop or laptop computer.
  • Need help?  Check out our updated instructions sheet for assistance with selecting a permit type, creating a CSS account, submitting an application online, and more!  
  • For fastest service:
    • Follow the instructions sheet.
    • Include all required submissions from the permit checklist.
    • Do not submit more than two PDF files per permit (one file compiling all drawings, and one file compiling all documents).
  • If you have difficulties or questions, we're happy to help.  Contact our customer service staff at permitting@portlandmaine.gov or (207) 874-8703. 
Checklists for Building Permit Applications 
Commercial Hood / Exhaust
Commercial Interior Alteration with Checklist
Condominium Conversion
Demolition of a Structure
Electrical - apply for Electrical Permits - Click here for Citizen Self Service. New electrical fees in effect 7/1/21 -see fee schedule
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Home Occupation
Legalization of Nonconforming Dwelling Unit
New One and Two Family Dwelling with Checklist
New Commercial Structure and Addition with Checklist
Plumbing - apply for Plumbing Permits - Click here for Citizen Self Service
One and Two Family Addition Alteration With Checklist
Sidewalk Sign
Signage or Awning
Subsurface Plumbing 
Subsurface Plumbing - Replacement Tank Only
Temporary Tent or Stage 

Checklists for Fire Department Permit Applications

Fire Alarm
Fire Suppression System (Non-Water Based)
Fire Suppression System (Water Based)
Sprinkler (One or Two Family)

Fee Schedule
Building Permits and Inspections
Refund Policy

FAST TRACK PERMITS

Fast Track is a streamlined review and permitting process for qualifying applications. Applicants should be aware that eligible projects go through a more limited review, and the responsibility for code compliance rests on the applicant. Changes may be required to the project upon inspection.  

To find out if your project qualifies for Fast Track, please refer to the Fast Track Eligible Projects sheet. If a project doesn’t qualify it is because additional time for review is necessary to ensure public safety requirements are met. 

After verifying that your project is eligible, fill out Schedule (A, B or C) that corresponds with the type of project and submit when you apply through CSS, along with the applicable permit checklist, required plans and supporting documents. Definitions, setbacks, and other helpful information can be found in the Fast Track Table.

Fast Track Eligible Projects
Fast Track Table
Schedule A
Schedule B
Schedule C
Fast Track and Historic Preservation

Fast Track reviews typically take an average of 10 business days from the date the permit has been determined to be complete. However, review times may vary depending on the type and complexity of the project and the quality of the submission. Submitting complete and clear application materials will facilitate the review process.

If you have any questions about project eligibility or submission requirements, please contact the Permitting and Inspections Department at permitting@portlandmaine.gov or (207) 874-8703.