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Proposed Revision to Chapter 40, Appendix 2 – Fees

Pursuant to Section 40.30.410 M of the New Castle County Code, the Department of Land Use will hold a twenty (20) day public comment period on proposed revisions to the Appendix of Chapter 40 of the New Castle County Code (UDC).  The public has until Monday, June 20, 2016 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 (2015-01) in all correspondence.

Changes are proposed to:   Appendix 2 – Fees, Section 2 Engineering and Section 4 Other.

Click here for a copy of the proposed changes or they may be viewed in the Department of Land Use 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.  



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 property 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 us at (302) 395-5510 or e-mail us at 

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Presentation to CCOBH

On Wednesday, March 9, Acting General Manager George Haggerty met with CCOBH to discuss and review current issues of interest to the civic organization. To view the powerpoint presented at the meeting, click on the link below. Select "Save", then "Open" once the file has completed loading.

CCOBH Powerpoint Presentation

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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
Acting General Manager George O. Haggerty

Land Use is structured into the following divisions and sections:

Jim Smith, Assistant General Manager:
Reed MacMillan, Assistant Land Use Manager:

Code Official
Joe Ruberto, Licensing 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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