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Opening a business here in Westbrook:


We welcome the opportunity to help you bring your business to Westbrook. As you prepare to do so there are lots of things for you to think about.  Finding the right lot or building; land use questions; regulatory issues; capital needs; licensing and permitting.  Our team is here to help you get answers to your questions.Contact the Director of Business & Community Relations at 591-8101. One of the many services we can offer business people and entrepreneurs is to arrange a Monday morning forum where all major city agencies come together to review your business plan and answer your questions. We hope this process will help you make Westbrook your choice for starting or expanding your business. These meetings are typically arranged through our City Planner, Jennie Franceschi and Linda Gain at 854-0638.

There is no greater compliment than when we hear - "working with Westbrook is easier than working with any other municipality in the State" - that is what we strive for.

Commercial property for sale & lease in Westbrook:


Business Licensing:

Planning, Engineering & Code Enforcement: 

Linda Gain is the administrative support person for Planning, Engineering & Code Enforcement and can introduce you to Code Enforcement Officer Rick Gouzie, City Planner Jennie Franceschi and City Engineer Eric Dudley who will make your permitting questions and application process easy. They are the experts here to help you deal with your code, zoning, planning and land use questions; and they have immediate access to the City Solicitor for more complex problems. 854-0638

State and Local Business Advocates:

City of Westbrook – Call 207-591-8101
State of Maine – Kristine Schuman Account Executive for DECD - 207-592-0448 –

Tax and Sewer Rates:

The City of Westbrook assesses properties on April 1st each year. Our fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Real Estate Taxes are due on the 15th of the following months: February, May, August and November. Our current tax rate is $17.40.


Local and state tax incentive programs:

You may wish to take advantage of some of these tax and incentive programs.

Call City Hall for more information.

  • City of Westbrook Municipal Revolving Loan Account

  • Industrial Development Bonds

  • Tax Increment Financing

  • Community Development Block Grant Program

  • Westbrook Environmental Improvement Corporation Funding

  • Pine Tree Zone

  • New Market Capital Investment Program

  • Economic Development Administration Grants

  • Maine Philanthropy Center Grants

  • Maine EB-5 foreign investment program



Wastewater Issues: Call 854-0638





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