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Why Public Notices?

Public Notices & You

Public notices contain information about activities and events that impact citizens' lives because of governmental actions or requirements. They include such important actions as government hearings and meetings; zoning, annexation and land use changes; election notices; municipal budgets, taxes and special assessment information; requests for bids on government construction and service contracts; permit and licensing applications, land and water use regulations; judicial and executive sales, disposal of foreclosed and abandoned property and many more. All of these actions affect you and your community.

The Maine Legislature has recognized the need and right of the public to be informed about these activities and events. As a result, public notices and legal ads are published in newspapers to effectively disseminate this important information throughout their communities while also providing historical preservation and easy public access.

With today's mobile society, however, many citizens have interests outside their local areas and need to be informed of governmental activities on a broader scope. This is the reason was created. It enables individuals and businesses throughout the state -- and nation or world for that matter -- to quickly and effectively search public notices throughout Maine by means of a centralized database.

A Newspaper Partnership

Thousands of public notices and legal ads are published each week in newspapers across the state. The state's daily and weekly newspapers have always been committed to providing important community information to help keep citizens informed. Now they have joined together to create this single, convenient website, allowing you to search through a database of statewide public notices and legal ads at no cost. You can also sign up for e-mail service to have notices of interest to you delivered directly to your computer.

Join the Partnership

The Maine Press Association has taken the lead in providing a simple, easy method to allow Maine newspapers to present their public notices to citizens throughout the state. There is no risk or cost involved for any newspaper to join in this effort and contribute to the success of this unique statewide public information website.