Posted on: June 21, 2017

Golf Cart Regulations Effective Immediately

Changes in the Portland City Code golf cart ordinance address safety risks connected to the use of golf carts on Portland islands.  

The Code now requires a driver’s license and safety equipment like headlights and rear red reflectors, a...

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Order 271-16/17
Posted on: May 31, 2017

City Hospitals and Universities can now propose their own Institutional Overlay Zones

At least three of these four major institutions are considering major changes to their core campuses, and, for some, the existing zoning context presents challenges.  For example, Maine Medical Center’s contract zone, developed in 2005, does not ...

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Order 221-16/17
Posted on: May 11, 2017

Moratorium on licenses for Retail Marijuana Establishments and Social Clubs Extended

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved the Marijuana Legalization Act, allowing the consumption, distribution and business development of and for marijuana products.  The Marijuana Legalization Act allows municipalities to regulate retail mar...

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Order 222-16/17
Posted on: April 26, 2017

Short Term Rental Amendments Effective

The proposed amendments allow all property owners to rent out their primary residences as STRs, typically on a room or apartment share app like Airbnb. No non-owner occupied single family home or condominium will be allowed to be rented as STRs, except on...

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Order 179-16/17
Posted on: March 28, 2017

Fort Sumner Park Height Overlay

This text amendment establishes an absolute height limit for new developments and/or additions tied to the elevation of the viewing platform at Fort Sumner Park, 160.27 feet above mean sea level. Permissible building heights for developments occurring wit...

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Order 128-16/17
Posted on: March 28, 2017

Updates to the Fire Code

The following changes are now effective in Portland City Code Chapter 10, FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION :

  • Requirements are amended for smoke alarms in existing one- and two-family dwellings;
  • Re-inspection fees are increased to make them consistent...
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Order 127-16/17
Posted on: December 22, 2016

Tenants' Housing Rights now part of City Code

On September 28, 2016, the Portland City Council's Housing Committee voted unanimously (5-0)  to recommend a package of five (5) housing insecurity policy items to the Council for its consideration. The City Council unanimously approved ...

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Order 76-16/17