New Castle County COVID-19 Response



Department of Land Use Coronavirus Policy

Effective April 2, 2020, the New Castle County Government Center is closed to the public until further notice.  Our residents and customers will need to take advantage of convenient ways to conduct business with us by one of the following methods.

You are strongly encouraged to conduct business by one of the aforementioned methods.  However, if you wish to personally drop-off an application, fees, or other paperwork, there will be a blue mailbox located inside of the vestibule of the Government Center. A staff member retrieves any submitted materials from that mailbox daily.  Please understand as the health emergency continues to evolve, this drop-off option may be eliminated.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Temporary Outdoor Seating Permit Applications Being Accepted

icon-announcementPer Governor Carney’s May 19 announcement, all Delaware food and drink establishments may apply to their local municipal or county jurisdiction to expand their outdoor seating capacity. Plans for adding temporary outdoor seating capacity must consider local traffic patterns and noise ordinances, and boundaries must be clearly defined to prevent beverages from being carried offsite. Applicants that hold a liquor license must also have their plans reviewed by the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control prior to receiving approval. All facilities, regardless of offering table-service or take-out, must continue to follow guidance as established in Delaware’s Recovery plan. 

The Department of Land Use is currently accepting applications from restaurants that want to add temporary outdoor seating as part of their business recovery efforts. Applications will be processed as promptly as possible. Note: Temporary Outdoor Seating Use Permits cannot be processed through ePlans (please see submission details in the application below). For general questions, please email landuse@newcastlede.gov or call (302) 395-5400.

Historic Preservation Virtual Public Meeting Scheduled for June 8, 2020

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The New Castle County Department of Land Use invites you to a virtual public meeting to discuss multiple approaches to historic preservation, including legislation and community-based efforts.

The first part of the meeting will feature Mr. Nicholas Redding, Executive Director of Preservation Maryland, who is a recognized leader in historic preservation approaches.  Next, Land Use staff will present an overview of information regarding legislation and the process moving forward. At the conclusion of the presentations, there will be a facilitated question and answer session.

To register, click here.

Building Safety Month Week Four: Training the Next Generation  

Last school year, Land Use sponsored Hodgson Vocational Technical High School students in the International Code Council’s High School Technical Training Program (HSTTP). Through the program, local high school students were taught the importance of building codes in constructing safe and sustainable structures. Hodgson was one of only 45 schools throughout the nation to implement HSTTP. After completion of the prestigious training program, 15 students took the final exam and passed with a score of 80% or better!

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Be sure to visit the Building Safety Month page to find activities for the kids!

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New Castle County Department of Land Use, DelDOT, and WILMAPCO are developing a Master Plan for the Concord Pike (US 202) Corridor, encompassing an area between the City of Wilmington and the Pennsylvania state line. The Master Plan will provide a 20-year vision that identifies cohesive land use and transportation strategies to ensure that Concord Pike will continue to be a safe, accessible, and economically thriving place for all. 

The fourth in a series of public workshops was held on April 1, 2020.  The presentation can be viewed here.  After reviewing the presentation materials, please take a survey to make your voice heard. The survey will be available until Friday, May 29, 2020. 

To learn more about the Concord Pike (US 202) Corridor Master Plan, please click here.

Information Regarding Virtual Public Meetings: 

In accordance with Governor Carney’s Declaration of a State of Emergency, the Department of Land Use is now holding all public hearings and meetings in a "virtual" format as video conferences, utilizing Zoom. Members of the public wishing to join any Land Use Board public meeting may do so by utilizing a link or phone number and appropriate Zoom meeting ID, which will be specified on the appropriate Public Hearing/Meeting *Agenda no less than two (2) business days prior to the scheduled hearing date. *Note: up-to-date public hearing agendas are available in the Agenda Center and at each Board’s webpage listed below.  
Board of Adjustment          Historic Review Board          License, Inspection and Review Board          Planning Board          RPATAC

NOTE: Members of the public interested in joining/participating in a Zoom virtual public hearing/meeting are encouraged to submit a Public Hearing Virtual Meeting Participation Form prior to the date of the meeting. Additional information regarding Virtual Public Meetings may be found at: Virtual Meetings-Land-Use