Featured: Winter Parking Ban & Overnight Parking

Winter Parking Ban in effect from December 1 to April 1. During the winter months of 2017 & 2018, public parking lots at Waterman Drive and the Boat Launch at Bug Light Park are available for city residents and their guests to temporarily park during the winter parking ban. Read More

Short Term Rental Registration
Registration of Short Term Rentals begins March 12, 2018. Read More
Winter Plow Operations/Snow Removal
South Portland's Department of Public Works is committed to removing the snow and ice from streets as rapidly as possible to enable mobility and safe driving conditions throughout the winter months. Read the Winter Operations brochure here. Read More
Property Tax Assistance Program
Applications MUST be RECEIVED by April 13, 2018. If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application, please contact Rebekka Conley at 767-7609. Click here to download the application and view the FAQs. Read More

To see all scheduled City Committee Meetings visit the Calendar

Schedule for City Council Department Budget Hearings: 

  • Monday, March 19 – Manager provides City Council with budget electronically (next day provides hard copy)
  • Thursday, April 5th – (7 pm) School and Municipal budget presentations/public hearing
  • Thursday, April 12th  – Workshop 1 on various department budgets
    • 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Library
    • 5:45 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. Human Resources, Civil Service, General Assistance
    • 6:35 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Planning & Development, Street Opening, Sewer Impact
    • 7:20 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Police/Dispatch
    • 8:10 p.m. to 8:40 p.m. Executive, Corporation Counsel, City Buildings, Contingency, Abatement, Reserve, County Tax, Grants, Other
  • Thursday, April 19th – Workshop 2 on various department budgets
    • 5:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Fire
    • 5:50 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Sustainability
    • 6:20 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Public Works
    • 7:10 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Parks and Recreation, Harbor Commission, Boat Ramp, Portland Street Pier
  • Thursday, April 26th – Workshop 3 on various department budgets
    • 5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. City Clerk
    • 5:15 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. Water Resource Protection
    • 6:05 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. Transportation, Bus
    • 7:35 p.m. to 8:05 p.m. SPC-TV, Information Technologies
    • 8:05 p.m. to 8:25 p.m. Finance/Assessing, Debt, Employee Benefits
    • 8:25 p.m. to 8:55 p.m. TIF/Economic Development
    • 8:55 p.m. to 9:15 p.m Wrap Up
  • Thursday, May 3rd – 5pm: Final workshop on budget/resolve “parking lot” items/discuss School budget if needed
  • Tuesday, May 15th – (7pm) Public hearing/approval of school budget
  • Tuesday, June 19th – (7pm) Appropriation Resolve

To see all scheduled City Committee Meetings visit the Calendar

For the Week of February 26:

02/26/18   Board of Education - Workshop
02/26/18   Community Development Advisory Committee
02/26/18   Conservation Commission
02/27/18   Board of Harbor Commissioners - Workshop
02/27/18   City Council Workshop
02/28/18   South Portland Housing Authority
02/28/18   Planning Board
03/01/18   Arts & Historic Preservation Committee
03/04/18   South Portland Democratic Caucus

Asked at the 2/20/18 Council Meeting: 

"Can someone leave an anonymous tip to the Police regarding a complaint of a disorderly house?"

Response from Ed Googins, Police Chief:  The department receives 6 to 10 tips on our anonymous tip line each month.  Most of these tips relate to potential drug or other criminal activity in our community.  An anonymous tip alone does not factor into the calls for service report that we run monthly to see if a particular address has tripped the disorderly house process.  If an anonymous tip generates a call for service at an address, it would be looked at and considered under the disorderly house ordinance, depending on the nature of the call.  We encourage use of our anonymous tip line to provide us information that will initiate further investigation or action but we are also mindful of the need to further corroborate that information before any corrective or enforcement action is taken.

"What constitutes the need for a food license?  If I prepare food and offer it to guests of my short-term rental, do I need a food license?"

Response from Emily Scully, City Clerk: Per Ordinance, no food shall be prepared for, or served to, short-term rental guests by the Hosted-Home Stay or Non-Hosted Home Stay registrant or his/her/its agent that would require an eating establishment license under either State law or Article VI of this Chapter [Chapter 14].   State Law requires a State food license (issued either from DHHS or the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry) for any place where food and drink is prepared and served – this includes food establishments, eating establishments,  food processing plants, or the making of home food items.  More info can be found here:  http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/environmental-health/el/business/business-answers-restaurants.htm#01


Asked at the 2/6/18 Council Meeting: 

"Were Planning staff considered for inclusion at the new Municipal Services Facility?"

Response from Scott Morelli, City Manager:  The simple answer is no. Planning functions were not really a fit with the proposed building uses (i.e. Bus and Public Works.) The long-term solution for Planning according to many people has been in a centralized City Hall. Some have suggested that be at Mahoney, if it is abandoned by the school department as part of the impending middle school project, though certainly no decision has been made on that matter. In addition, the City needed to cut $3-$4 million from the costs of the new facility so we could not even afford all of the items for Public Works & Bus, let alone having planning staff locate there. We are currently in the process of addressing some short-term needs at the old Hamlin School and are undertaking a review of the long-term needs of the building to help in our decision-making process for what the future holds for that location.


South Portland City Hall
25 Cottage Road
South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 767-3201

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm

The Treasury Office and the City Clerk's Office remain open on Thursday  evenings until 6:30pm for the convenience of the public.



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All city offices, including Public Works and the Transfer Facility, will be closed on the following dates:


                                                     January 1                         New Year’s 2018
                                                    January 15                      Martin Luther King Day
                                                     February 19                        Presidents’ Day
                                                      April 16                              Patriots’ Day
                                                      May 28                              Memorial Day
                                                      July 4                            Independence Day
                                                  September 3                            Labor Day
                                                    October 8                            Columbus Day
                                                  November 12                        Veterans Day (Observed)
                                                  November 22                        Thanksgiving Day
                                                    December 25                           Christmas
                                                     January 1                        New Year’s Day 2019

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