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.

Public Notice:

Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations

On December 28, 2016 and June 15, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided New Castle County with Preliminary and revised Preliminary copies of the revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for New Castle County, Delaware and Incorporated Areas.  The proposed flood hazard determinations, if finalized, will become the basis for the floodplain management measures in New Castle County.  However, before any new or modified flood hazard information becomes effective, a 90 day appeal period is available to communities and citizens.  The appeal period begins on August 15, 2017 and ends on November 12, 2017.  Please click here for more information regarding the appeal process.

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

A panel discussion on the topic of Level of Service (LOS) with representatives from New Castle County’s Department of Land Use and the transportation, economic, civic, and engineering communities was held on October 18, 2017, which included an overview of the LOS issue and feature a question-and-answer session regarding the LOS regulations in New Castle County and other local governments. Additional information on this public meeting may be found here.

Residents are encouraged to review the Level of Service White Paper commissioned by the Department of Land Use, which explores the Level of Service standard in New Castle County and in other jurisdictions.

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Have you signed up for our List Services?

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 left side of this page. Or, click here to go directly to the List Service Signup page. 

Next, enter your e-mail address and click on “Sign In.” 
Finally, select the topic(s) and board(s) of interest to you. Clicking on the icon of an envelope means you wish to receive notifications by e-mail, the cell phone means you wish to receive notifications by text message (you will then be prompted to provide a cell phone number for text messages). You will receive an email asking you to confirm your selection(s). Once you do, notifications will begin upon the next News Flash or Notification for the categories you selected. 


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
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
Assistant Land Use Manager - Reed Macmillan

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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