Land Use

New Castle County offices will be closed December 24, 25 and 26th.  We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

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The Department of Land Use will hold a thirty (30) day public comment period on proposed revisions to the Appendix of Chapter 40 of the New Castle County Code (UDC).  The public has until Friday, January 9, 2015 to submit written comments regarding the code changes.  Written comments can be mailed to the Department of Land Use, New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720 or submitted via e-mail to  Please refer to Chapter 40 New Castle County Code - UDC Appendix Revision (2014-01) in all correspondence.

Changes are proposed to:   Appendix 1, Application and Plan Requirements; 3, Other Reports and Applications; A, Floodplain Permit Application

Copies of the proposed changes are on file in the Department of Land Use and can be reviewed at the New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, Corporate Commons, New Castle, DE from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The proposed changes are also linked below.

Proposed UDC Appendix 1 Revisions - FEMA


General Manager Eileen Fogarty unveils 2014-2015 Action Plan and Work Program

On October 7, 2014, Ms. Fogarty submitted a detailed action plan to the County Executive and County County.  To read the report, check on the link provided below.

New Housing Report Received

New Castle County has received the following report on Moderately Priced Housing prepared by Arundel Community Development Services and the Innovative Housing Institute.  Please read for an assessment of our housing needs.For information on proposed legislation creating a Traditional Neighborhood Housing Program, you may view the presentation also linked below.

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 Eileen P. Fogarty

Land Use is structured into the following divisions and sections:

Jim Smith, Assistant General Manager:
George O. Haggerty, Jr., Assistant General Manager:

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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