Land Use Code

The purpose of the Land Use Code is to regulate the location and use of real estate for industrial, commercial, residential and other uses in the City of Brewer. The Code also looks at the construction, height, number of stories and area of all structures, the size of open spaces of real estate, population density and setback of structures along public ways, among other things.

The Brewer Land Use Code (Chapter 24 of the Codes and Ordinances of the City of Brewer) can be viewed online, or a hard copy may be obtained from the Brewer City Clerk’s Office. The Land Use Matrix is used to determine if a use is allowed within a particular zone, whether or not it requires a permit, and whether or not the project needs to planning board for approval. The matrix also sets requirements for minimum lot sizes, setback requirements and various other issues. Click here for the key to the symbols used in the schedule of uses and permit required symbols.

Please review the table of contents in the Land Use Code, but here are a few articles that pertain to not only Planning, but Code Enforcement and Engineering as well:
Article 3 – Zoning Districts
Article 4 – Performance Standards
Article 6 – Site Plan Review
Article 7 – Subdivision Review
Article 9 – Roads and Streets

The Brewer Land Use Map shows the general layout of the different zones we have within the City, including the break down of residential, commercial and industrial zones.