Higgins Beach Resource Site

Higgins Beach is a unique beach community with a character of cottages and beach houses on small lots. Recognizing that, there is specific zoning for Higgins Beach and its character, setting and lot sizes. This webpage is designed to provide residents, property owners, consultants and the general public with the resources necessary to review the zoning code, zoning map, floodplain requirements, shoreland zoning and other State level natural resource regulations that may apply to any construction or development activity within the area. For questions or assistance feel free to contact Brian Longstaff, Zoning Administrator at (207)730-4050 or blongstaff@ci.scarborough.me.us


  • Higgins Beach Application [PDF]
  • Higgins Beach Character Code Audit

    What: Higgins Beach Character Code Public Open House
    When: Sunday, June 11th, 10am – 1pm.
    Where: Higgins Beach Clubhouse, 49 Greenwood Ave.

    The Audit process is an opportunity to help examine what is working well and what may need adjustments within the Higgins Beach Character Code. Working with the residents of Higgins and the Long Range Planning Committee we are pleased to announce that a public open house will be held on Sunday June 11th, from 10am-1pm, at the Higgins Beach Clubhouse.

    Click here [PDFto review a list of elements that have been identified as working well and areas for improvements.

    Click here [PDFto review draft amendments to the Higgins Beach Character Code.

    Click here [PDFfor a more detailed memo describing the nature of the proposed amendments. The Higgins Beach Character Code is the Town’s first character (or form-based) zoning code that was designed to address longstanding zoning compatibility and conformance issues at Higgins Beach and to allow for and promote additions, renovations and new construction at Higgins that is consistent with the historical character and pattern of the community. Given that this Code is a very different approach to land-use regulations than conventional zoning regulations, the Town knew we’d need to monitor how it works and performs and consider making adjustments. Please join us as we consider the ins and outs of the Higgins Beach Character Code.
    Higgins Beach Checklist [PDF]

Code and Maps




Maine Department of Environmental Protection:

Zoning Repair


Subpages (1): Higgins Beach Documents