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Public Notice:

3202 E. Brandywine Avenue, Claymont 19702Certification of Non-Conforming Status: The Department of Land Use is in receipt of a request to confirm the non-conforming status of two apartments located in a structure at the rear of the property as having been established prior to the adoption of the New Castle County Zoning Code in 1954. Applicant: William J. Rhodunda. NCTH & Hometown Overlay Zoning. CD 8. (App. 2017-0483-A) TP 06-084.00-438.

The Department invites comment from the public regarding the existence of this non-conforming situation. The public has until Friday, September 1, 2017 to submit written comments, which 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 App. 2017-0483 in all correspondence.

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FEMA, DNREC, and New Castle County hosted open house on updated flood risk information in New Castle County: 

On May 23rd, about 360 people attended an open house, the first step in the process of adopting new flood risk maps, to hear from representatives of FEMA, DNREC and NCC about how the proposed map changes may affect their property . View the open house slide presentation here. Please contact the Department of Land Use at 395-5400 if you have any questions regarding this topic. Or, you may visit DNREC’s website.Image may contain: outdoor, nature and water

New Castle County's 10 Least Wanted

Is your home and yard in compliance with the Property Maintenance Code? Check out our “10 Least Wanted List” of property maintenance violations and help New Castle County Code Enforcement to preserve and protect your investment in your neighborhood.
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The Department of Land Use requires yellow informational signs to be posted at each location of proposed development. Click to see new plans submitted this week. Or, click to access the full list of projects currently under review in New Castle County. Questions? Call (302) 395-5400 or email us at
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UDC Public Workshop regarding Process & Site Design standards held June 28th, 2017 

Over the past year, the Department of Land Use has been working on potential revisions to the Unified Development Code (UDC) in order to improve its readability, organization, and usability for the public and applicants for various development proposals. In an effort to solicit additional public input, the Department hosted a workshop to discuss proposed code language changes. Additional information may be found on the UDC Update Project webpage.
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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

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 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

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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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