Land Use

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Welcome to the Department of Land Use, which regulates planning for all new and existing development in unincorporated New Castle county and enforces the laws governing building & zoning codes and property maintenance. Our employees are engaged in a broad spectrum of land-related processes and activities, from proposed development reviews to permits, licensing of contractors, inspection of construction, enforcement of the property maintenance code, and much more. Please see below for some important notices and current features, and also use the menu on the left to explore our many specialty webpages for the information and guidance you may need. Should you require additional assistance, feel free to contact us using any method on the right.

  1. Limited Land Use services available on 2/26 and 2/27/18

  2. Community Open House

    The New Castle County Department of Land Use will host a Community Open House on March 1, 2018 Read on...
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March 1 Event

The Department of Land Use will host a Community Open House on March 1, 2018 from 5-7pm in the James H. Gilliam Multipurpose Room located at 67 Reads Way in New Castle, at which time the Department will present:
• A general overview about updating the NCC 2012 Comprehensive Plan
• Updates to the Unified Development Code: Part II (Process & Site Design)
• A follow-up discussion regarding transportation capacity

 *Please note: This event is open to the public but space is limited. If you plan on attending, please register via Eventbrite by February 27, 2018 by clicking here: 

 We hope to see you there!

Panel Discussion on Traffic Impact Requirements for Land Development in New Castle County

As New Castle County continues to thrive and develop, meaningful and informative discussions have begun regarding transportation impact and level of service. A forum focusing on the topic was held recently and a report summarizing the conversation is available here: Transportation Impact Forum

Additional information on this public meeting is also available here

Our mission is to create a common vision for the future of New Castle County through a proactive community, civic and business planning effort that involves all stakeholders in a consensus-building process. This vision will bring vitality to our County by linking land use with transportation, enticing desired investment and ensuring the protection of our neighborhoods, and the revitalization of our commercial corridors.

Department of Land Use Senior Management:

General Manager - Richard E. Hall, AICP

Deputy General Manager/Code Official - George O. Haggerty, Jr.
Assistant Land Use Manager - Jim Smith

Gift Policy

The Department of Land Use has a zero tolerance gift policy. No gift shall be accepted by an employee from any member of the public when the gift is given as a result of contact created by a New Castle county business relationship.

Customer Satisfaction

Keeping our customers satisfied is important to us. Please take our customer satisfaction survey to tell us about your experience and give us input on how we can improve.


Are you a business owner that could use a little extra help navigating the land development or building processes?  Department of Land Use staff are available to meet with any prospective prop​erty owner, contractor or developer to explain and answer questions about Department policies and procedures before you formally apply for the service. Our goal is to offer early guidance before you finalize the details of your project, to help save you time, money or frustration. To request a courtesy meeting, call Regina Roark at (302) 395-5404 or e-mail us at