Land Use

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*PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Land Use will close at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017 for a departmental meeting. 

What's Going on in Land Use?

FEMA, DNREC, and New Castle County to host open house May 23rd on updated flood risk information in New Castle County:

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017  4pm-7pm
Where: William Penn High School - 713 E. Basin Rd., New Castle, DE

The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about proposed flood risk map changes and to understand better how proposed map changes affect their property. Representatives from FEMA, DNREC and NCC will be present to answer questions related to flood risk and flood insurance. Please contact the Department of Land Use at 395-5400 if you have questions regarding the public meeting. 
For more information on DNREC’s flood mitigation program, visit DNREC’s website at

New Castle County takes new action to tackle neighborhood blight:

On May 16, 2017, County Executive Meyer signed legislation into law that gives County government new tools to tackle vacant and abandoned housing and unveiled a vacant property strategy, including state legislation aimed at strengthening community development, reducing crime and supporting home ownership. Click here for further details.
 NCC vacant property signing ceremony 5.16.17
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List Services are a notification system that keeps you up to date on important land use issues and new agendas.

To register, click on the image of an envelope on the lefthand side of this page.  Then enter your e-mail address and click on "Sign In".  Scroll down to select those topics of interest to you.  You will receive an e-mail (or text message, if you select that option), when we have news to share.


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

Land Use regulates all new and existing development in unincorporated New Castle county and enforces the laws governing 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, and property maintenance.

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 Organization

General Manager Richard E. Hall, AICP

Land Use is structured into the following divisions and sections:

Jim Smith, Assistant General Manager:

George O. Haggerty, Jr., Assistant General Manager
Reed Macmillan, Assistant Land Use Manager:
Code Official - George O. Haggerty, Jr.

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.

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