Outdoor business activity regulations relaxed

Are you a Freeport business that is planning for reopening? Are you considering moving some of your business activities, such as dining or retail sales areas outdoors, in order to offer your patrons outdoor alternatives during the COVID-19 pandemic?

On Tuesday May 19th, the Freeport Town Council enacted an emergency ordinance temporarily relaxing many Town land use standards related to outdoor business activities, in order to allow greater flexibility for businesses that wish to move some of their operations outdoors in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examples include – temporary signage for business pattern changes due to COVID-19, outdoor retail areas and tent sales, outdoor dining areas for restaurants and take-out establishments, outdoor seating areas, and outdoor meeting areas for businesses.

If your business would like to learn more about how to make these changes to your approved site plan, please contact Town Planner Caroline Pelletier at 207-865-4743 x.107, or by email at cpelletier@freeportmaine.com. In order to simplify things for business there is a single application for all these changes, there are no fees, and Town staff will try to turn around approvals within 24 hours wherever possible.