Information Sheets

Opening a Business in Portland

Opening a Business in Portland (PDF) is a simple step by step guide explaining the procedures on how to open or start a business in Portland.

Residential Accessory Structures

The Residential Accessory Structure Guidelines (PDF) outline the size, location and permitting procedure regarding the construction of residential accessory structures such as, garages, barns, sheds etc.

Fences, Walls & Hedges

The Residential Fence, Wall, and Hedge Guidelines (PDF (PDF)) outline the Zoning Ordinance Requirements, building materials, location, height, and maintenance of fences. There is no building permit required for the construction of fences.

Landscaping Requirements for Single Family & Duplex Buildings

The Single Family and Duplex Landscaping Guidelines (PDF) outline the landscaping requirements for new construction of single family homes and duplexes.

Swimming Pools, Wading Pools & Hot Tubs

The Swimming Pools, Wading Pool, and Hot Tub Guidelines (PDF) outline the Zoning Ordinance requirements regarding the construction of pools as well as the permitting procedure associated with installation.

Administrative Manual

The Administrative Manual (PDF) is a compilation of information and procedures relating to land and building development within the City of Portland, Tennessee. This manual does not serve as a substitute for any of the City of Portland's adopted ordinances and is intended only as a guide to the users of the City of Portland Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations and Design Standards.

Sign Permit Guidelines

The Portland Sign Regulations control the type, location, and size of individual signs as well as the total amount of signage that is allowed per lot. The Sign Permit Guidelines (PDF) document is intended to be a guide to understanding the Sign Regulations and how to properly fill out a sign permit.