Land Use and Zoning Regulations
The purpose of this Ordinance is to promote the health, safety and the general welfare of Portsmouth and its region in accordance with the City of Portsmouth Master Plan.
City of Portsmouth Zoning Maps that show the city broken down by districts, building height standards, and special requirements for facade types, front lot line buildout, and uses. You can also view this information in the City's online mapping program -- MapGeo.
Download Zoning Maps (As Amended 2/4/2019)
The City's sign regulations are included in Article 12 of the Zoning Ordinance. There are very few regulations that apply to residential properties, however, this document answers some frequently asked questions for property owners in residential districts. Please contact the Planning Department at 603-610-7216 for more information about sign regulations in the City and for information on applying for sign permits.
There are many purposes for Site Plan Review Regulations, and it is important to understand the uses requiring Site Plan Approval, the application and review process, and other related standards.
Consistent with the purpose of the State enabling legislation (RSA 36-21), these regulations are intended to insure the orderly development of the City of Portsmouth by providing that subdivisions are served with adequate utilities and safe, convenient access and with a desirable and attractive living environment.