Planning & Codes

Planning for a Better Tomorrow while Building a Better Place

Now accepting letters for consideration for:

Appointment for a New Member for the Portland Regional Planning Commission. All applicants are required to live in the City of Portland's Planning Region. Please submit a written letter for review to Mayor Kenneth Wilber, stating why you would want to serve on this  commission. The term of a member appointed by the Mayor are for (3) years. If you have any questions, please call the Portland Planning Office at (615) 325-6776. The deadline is 4:30pm on  January 30, 2013. The City of Portland does not discriminate based on race, color or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d)


The primary goal of the Planning & Codes office is to protect and enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Portland, while creating an environment which stimulates economic growth and development. This is achieved through planning and land-use regulation. Land-use is regulated by a Zoning Ordinance, Building Codes, and Subdivision Regulations.

Planning is used as a way to help guide the city's growth. This includes long-range planning and strategic planning.

  • Zoning Enforcement is designed to group compatible land uses, minimize negative impacts of incompatible land uses, and maximize use of public infrastructure facilities.
  • Building Codes regulate materials and methods to insure public safety. These codes are considered "consumer legislation."
  • Subdivision Regulations determine and create the character of a community.

Please use one of the following links for additional information:

Building/Codes Permits

Planning and Zoning Applications

Zoning Ordinances

Subdivision Regulations