WESTBROOK — The owner of a Westbrook strip club plans to appeal the Westbrook Zoning Board of Appeals’ denial of an occupancy permit for a Warren Avenue strip club.

The appeals board voted unanimously Wednesday not to allow Dreamers Cabaret to reopen. The club was shut down in September, the day after it opened, by city inspectors for building code violations, including inadequate sprinklers and construction permits.

Owner Larry Ferrante appealed the decision and sued Westbrook and fire inspector Charles Jarrett, claiming the shutdown violated his right to freedom of expression.

His lawyer, Tom Hallett of Portland, said Ferrante will appeal the latest ruling and will continue with the lawsuit in federal court.

“Things are moving ahead,“ said Hallett.

The city has since adopted a nude entertainment ordinance that bans total nudity and the serving of alcohol.