Building Departments in Portland, Maine

There are 2 Building Departments in Portland, Maine, serving a population of 66,715 people in an area of 22 square miles. There is 1 Building Department per 33,357 people, and 1 Building Department per 10 square miles.

In Maine, Portland is ranked 18th of 591 cities in Building Departments per capita, and 8th of 591 cities in Building Departments per square mile.

List of Portland Building Departments

Find Portland, Maine building departments, planning, permits, zoning, and inspections.

Portland City Permits 389 Congress Street Portland, ME

Portland City Planning Department 389 Congress Street Portland, ME

About the Portland Building Department

Building Departments in Portland, ME are responsible for ensuring safe construction of buildings located in their jurisdictions. Building Departments create building codes and standards for building construction to ensure building safety. The Portland DOB is involved in all aspects of construction, including zoning laws, design requirements, building materials, trade and professional license regulation.

You may contact the Building Department for questions about:
  • Portland, Maine building inspection records
  • Contractor license searches
  • Portland building codes
  • Building permit violations, appeals, and fines
  • Construction permits and building ordinances
  • Portland, ME zoning laws and requirements

Portland Building Structure & Housing Statistics

Find Portland Residential Housing Units, Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year, Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics, Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics, and Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics. Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2018 ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Portland Residential Housing Units
 PortlandCumberland County
Total Housing Units34,238143,329
Occupied Housing Units30,564 (89.3%)119,717 (83.5%)
Portland Occupied Residential Buildings
 PortlandCumberland County
Single-Family Detached Homes10,913 (35.7%)76,004 (63.5%)
Single-Family Attached Homes1,619 (5.3%)6,253 (5.2%)
2 Apartments3,342 (10.9%)7,867 (6.6%)
3 or 4 Apartments5,172 (16.9%)9,150 (7.6%)
5 to 9 Apartments3,237 (10.6%)5,423 (4.5%)
10 or More Apartments6,206 (20.3%)10,878 (9.1%)
Mobile Home or Other Type of Housing75 (0.2%)4,142 (3.5%)
Portland Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year
 PortlandCumberland County
2014 or Later279 (0.9%)1,796 (1.5%)
2010 to 2013372 (1.2%)2,729 (2.3%)
2000 to 20091,881 (6.2%)15,132 (12.6%)
1980 to 19994,193 (13.7%)30,479 (25.5%)
1960 to 19795,119 (16.7%)24,386 (20.4%)
1940 to 19594,598 (4,598.0%)15,640 (15,640.0%)
1939 or Earlier14,122 (46.2%)29,555 (24.7%)
Portland Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics
 PortlandCumberland County
1 Room1,487 (4.9%)2,564 (2.1%)
2 or 3 Rooms17,902 (58.6%)78,112 (65.2%)
4 or 5 Rooms11,152 (36.5%)38,677 (32.3%)
6 or 7 Rooms7,765 (25.4%)37,873 (31.6%)
8 or More Rooms4,104 (13.4%)26,865 (22.4%)
Portland Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics
 PortlandCumberland County
No Bedroom1,697 (5.6%)2,869 (2.4%)
1 Bedroom7,131 (23.3%)14,841 (12.4%)
2 or 3 Bedrooms17,902 (58.6%)78,112 (65.2%)
4 or More Bedrooms3,834 (12.5%)23,895 (20.0%)
Portland Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics
 PortlandCumberland County
With Complete Plumbing Facilities30,467 (99.7%)119,202 (99.6%)
With Complete Kitchen Facilities30,222 (98.9%)118,734 (99.2%)