Zoning Ordinance


Chapter 40.2 of the Portsmouth City Code is the Zoning Ordinance. It is a set of regulations devoted to Land Use that defines:

  • What uses are permitted in a zoning district
  • How far buildings must be from the property lines
  • How many parking spaces are needed for a particular use type
  • Size and configuration parking spaces and lots 
  • Building heights
  • Sign regulations
  • Landscaping requirements
  • Site plan review requirements
  • Use permit regulations
  • Other similar requirements

CA-22-01 Zoning Ordinance Amendments Informational Presentation

On February 22, 2023, Planning Department staff gave an informational presentation on proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments. You can download the staff report and the PowerPoint presentation and watch the recorded meeting below.

On May 23, 2023, City Council adopted the CA-22-01 Code Amendments as outlined in Ordinance No. 2023-43

CA-22-01 Staff Report  January 17, 2023

Proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendments Informational Presentation

CA-22-01 Staff Report Updated March 7, 2023

Introduction to Planning and Zoning Training Presentation

Click the link below to download a basic training presentation on the basis of Planning and Zoning.

Planning and Zoning Training Presentation

Zoning Ordinance 

Linked below is a PDF of the adopted Portsmouth Zoning Ordinance. 

Ch. 40.2 Portsmouth Zoning Ordinance - Amended Dec. 12, 2023

The Zoning Ordinance can also be accessed online via Municode.

Zoning Ordinance Amendments 

On December 8, 2020, the City of Portsmouth Zoning Ordinance was adopted by City Council, effective February 1, 2021. Below is a list of all of the text amendments that have been made to the Zoning Ordinance since December 8, 2020. 

Interactive Zoning Map

Click here to access the interactive, online Zoning Map

Zoning Ordinance new cover

The City’s Zoning Ordinance consists of text and a zoning map. Click on the map image to download a PDF of the Zoning Map.

Zoning Map