Applications

Welcome to Citizen Self Service!

The City of Portland has a new online portal to make applying for permits and plans easier.  Review the instructions below to make sure you are ready to begin. All building permits shall be submitted online via the City of Portland’s Citizen Self Service (CSS) portal. Online submission of permit applications will help to streamline application intake and will improve transparency for the permitting process. 

Please refer to the submission checklists and application forms listed below. Select the submission checklist that is applicable to the project and submit all required materials by following the instructions for How to Apply for a Permit through the Citizen Self Service portal. 

NOTE: Starting Monday, April 16, 2018, we will no longer accept permit applications via e-mail. Please submit applications through the new Citizen Self Service portal. Refer to the links below for instructions on how to apply for a permit through CSS. Thank you for helping us provide more efficient service. 


BEFORE YOU APPLY

Have you confirmed your project address is listed with the Assessing Department?
Often applicants find the parcel id does not match the street address exact therefore it is important to verify with the Assessing database to make sure you are selecting the correct parcel and street address: Check now

Have you selected the correct application type and downloaded the checklist of required documents and drawings?  
Each application type has different requirements.  If an application is missing items from the checklist it may be deemed incomplete. Review the 
Permit Type Guide

Have you reviewed the instructions for 
How to Apply for a Building Permit and Requirements for Electronic Submissions?  

Have you registered at the Citizen Self Service portal? See instructions for 
How to Register with CSS

WHAT IS FAST TRACK?



Fast Track is a streamlined review and permitting process for qualifying applications. Eligible projects that apply through Fast Track will go through a limited review and have permits issued faster than through the standard permit application process. The Fast Track system consolidates the review process by eliminating unnecessary stages of review. 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. 


HOW DO I APPLY FOR A FAST TRACK PERMIT?



After verifying that your project is eligible, fill out Schedule (A, B or C) that corresponds with the type of project. Include the Schedule along with the applicable submission checklist, required plans and/or supporting documents as an attachment to the permit application when you apply through CSS. Providing a complete application package will ensure a timely review of your application. Please use Fast Track Table for Definitions, Setbacks and other helpful information. 

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

How soon can I get my permit?



Fast Track reviews typically take an average of 10 business days from the date of payment to the date the permit is issued, however, with the new Fast Track system, many projects will have a significantly shorter review time. Review times 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.

Checklists          
 Commercial Interior
New Commercial Structure or Addition
One and Two Family Addition or Alteration
New One and Two Family Dwelling

Fee Schedule
Building Permits and Inspections
Refund Policy 
 Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Subsurface Permit Applications 
Commercial Hood / Exhaust
Commercial Interior Alteration with Checklist 
Condominium Conversion
Demolition of a Structure
Electrical - apply for Electrical Permits via Citizen Self Service
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 via Citizen Self Service
One and Two Family Addition Alteration With Checklist 
Sidewalk Sign
Signage or Awning
Subsurface Plumbing
Temporary Tent or Stage
Fire Department Permit Applications
Fire Alarm
Fire Suppression System (Non-Water Based)
Fire Suppression System (Water Based)
Sprinkler (One or Two Family)