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.
The Department of Land Use hosted a Community Open House on March 1, 2018 in the James H. Gilliam Multipurpose Room located at 67 Reads Way in New Castle. Information and materials from this open house will be posted soon, so please check back again or look for a post on our Facebook page!
The Department of Land Use continues to promote responsible development that is consistent, environmentally-sustainable, and meets the present and future needs of our residents. Please click the picture on the left to review the annual report highlighting our many initiatives and accomplishments from the fiscal year 2017.
The Department of Land Use Mission:
To preserve and enhance our community’s livability through responsive Land Use services and fostering effective partnerships