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Changes Proposed to UDC Appendices

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, May 18, 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 (2015-01) in all correspondence.

Changes are proposed to:   Appendix 1 - Application and Plan Requirements, Section 3 – Other Reports and Applications, G – Deed Restriction Change Process (Maintenance Declaration); and Appendix 2 – Fees, Section 1 – Land Development and Rezoning Processing, Section 2 – Engineering Section, Section 3 – Board of Adjustment, Section 4 - Other.

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, or may be viewed by clicking on the link below.  Also available below is a link to the Fee Assessment Study and Summary Report.

UDC Appendix Revision 2015-01
Fee Assessment Study and Summary Report


Visit our new page with presentations and information about discussion and proposed ideas for Future Land Use and the Unified Development Code at UDC Revisions.  Information on meetings and draft changes will be linked on the page and comments may be sent to


An ordinance has been adopted updating the Building Code to the ICC 2015 Codes.  Below is the new Chapter 6 for your review (Ordinance 15-010, Substitute #1, Exhibit A)

Building Code

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.


Building Plan Examiners, Building Inspectors and the Office of Code Enforcement will be unavailable to serve customers on Thursday, April 9 and Thursday, April 16 due to employee development.

Also, Plan Review Services will be unavailable from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month due to employee development.

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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