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.
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.
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.
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.