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ZONING AND LAND USE REGULATION

Zoning laws and land use codes regulate the use, construction and modification of buildings located within a town and specify where recreational or commercial activities may take place. Zoning laws differ from community to community and can be divided into four major categories: commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural.  People typically run into problems with zoning ordinances when they want to create a business in their home, for example, or put an addition on a home that might block a neighbor’s view.  You might not always need a lawyer when dealing with zoning ordinances.  If your proposed change is small-scale or beneficial to your neighbors, chances are you can take care of it yourself.  When you build on a piece of land or use a building for a certain use that requires governmental permission, you will need an attorney.  For these bigger disputes and proposals, the attorneys at Smith Elliott Smith & Garmey can help you write zoning proposals and obtain zoning variances that enable you to use your land for the proposed use.

Listed below are attorneys who specialize in Zoning and Land Use Regulation

William S. Kany
Keith R. Jacques
Michael I. Montembeau
David R. Ordway, of Counsel

 
Smith, Elliott, Smith & Garmey, P.A.
Portland, Maine
Saco, Maine
1-800-287-2797