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Zoning Maps
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Zoning Rules and Procedures

The Board of Appeals also known as the Zoning Board of Appeals, assists in the administration of the City’s Zoning ordinance by reviewing decisions of the Building Inspector, approving conditional uses and granting variances. The Board functions in a quasi-judicial capacity and members must be able to hold public hearings, make findings of fact and conclusions of law based upon applicable state and local zoning laws, and issue written decisions setting forth their findings and conclusions.

Board Members

Gordon Smith, Chairman
Sara Moppin, Secretary
Kent Avery
Chip Gavin
William Getz
Eric Larsson
Donna Katsiaficas

Application Process

For your convenience, the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting schedule also includes the deadline schedule for submissions.

In order to hold your place on the agenda you are required to submit eleven (11) separate packets of the following materials:

If additional information is needed to complete the packet for the Zoning Board of Appeals you will be notified. Please make sure you include a contact phone number on your cover letter. If we cannot contact you, the item may be tabled until the next regular meeting.

Application Fees

The application fee is $100.00 to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals. There is a $50 processing fee. Please note that the applicant is also responsible for the cost of the legal ad in the Portland Press Herald, and the cost of sending abutters notification within 500’ of the subject property. The City will bill you for the legal ad and abutter’s notification.  Application Fees are "Non-Refundable".

You may apply for an appeal/permit at City Hall, Room 315 Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. If you choose to file on the deadline date, please note that applications are accepted only until noon on that day. You will be sent a letter confirming the time and date of the scheduled meeting along with an Agenda.

Current Backup Material

4-17-2014 Meeting


34 Tucker Avenue

Conditional Use Appeal Application Floor Plans

32 Iffley Street

Practical Difficulty Appeal Application  


4-03-2014 Meeting


40 Maplewood Street

Conditional Use Appeal  

Meeting Schedule

The Board meets on Thursdays, 6:30 pm
Room #209, Portland City Hall

Deadline for submissions of Appeals 12:00 Noon On:

Meeting Dates
6:30 PM

DECEMBER 23, 2013

JANUARY 8, 2014

DECEMBER 30, 2013

JANUARY 16, 2014 Canceled

JANUARY 21, 2014

FEBRUARY 6, 2014

FEBRUARY 3, 2014

FEBRUARY 20, 2014

FEBRUARY 18, 2014

MARCH 6, 2014

MARCH  3, 2014

MARCH 20, 2014 Canceled

MARCH 17, 2014

APRIL 3, 2014

MARCH 31, 2014

APRIL 17, 2014

APRIL 14, 2014

MAY 1, 2014  Canceled

APRIL 28 2014

MAY 15, 2014

MAY 19, 2014

JUNE 5, 2014

JUNE 2, 2014

JUNE 19, 2014

JUNE 30, 2014

JULY 17, 2014

JULY 21, 2014

AUGUST 7, 2014

AUGUST 4, 2014

AUGUST 21, 2014

AUGUST 18, 2014



SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

OCTOBER 2, 2014

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

OCTOBER 16, 2014

OCTOBER 27, 2014

NOVEMBER 13, 2014

NOVEMBER 17, 2014

DECEMBER 4, 2014

DECEMBER 22, 2014

JANUARY 8, 2015

Contact Us

For more information visit the City’s Zoning Administration Office on-line or stop by the office

Inspection’s Office
Room 315, Portland City Hall

Or call
(207) 874- 8703