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 Checklist [PDF]

    Higgins Beach Character Code 

    Proposed Amendments- Summer 2017
    (Updated August 17, 2017)

    Click here to review draft amendments to the Higgins Beach Character Code. Next review by Council is scheduled for September 6, 2017.

    Click here to review proposed amendments for Council consideration provided at the August 16, 2017 public hearing. 

    Click here to review staff memo to Council related to the draft amendments to be considered on July 19.

    Video Presentation:
    Click above to view a presentation of the proposed amendments as presented to Council on July 19, 2017 (presentation begins at about the 1:28:36 mark)

    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 and fine tuning. 

    The Long Range Planning Committee, working with residents of Higgins Beach, Staff and our Consultant team, conduct an Audit process to examine what is working well and what may need adjustments. The review included a public open house at the Higgins Beach Neighborhood Association Clubhouse at which residents were able to provide feedback and comments for consideration. 

    The result of the Committee’s efforts are the following proposed amendment to the Code which will be consider by the Town Council on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Scarborough town hall beginning at 7p.m.

Code and Maps




Maine Department of Environmental Protection:

Zoning Repair


Subpages (1): Higgins Beach Documents