Homeowners should apply for a permit only if they are doing the work themselves.If a contractor is doing the work, it is their responsibility to obtain the permit.
Please arrive prepared with all the necessary information and materials.Sign in using a computer kiosk at the main desk so that you will be placed on the list of those seeking this service.
In the Land Use Department, you will go through a screening process.Our staff will ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork and will verify that there are no overdue taxes and fees for the property. Next a planner will verify that the use is consistent with zoning requirements for the site. The construction plans will be examined to verify that construction does not encroach into the legal setback and that the proposed structure meets all relevant size and height requirements.He/she can help answer any questions you may have about the construction process.
If you are new to the permit process or a do-it-yourselfer, please use the links on the left side of the page to learn more about requirements for your project.
*UPDATE: Effective 12noon on Thursday, April 2, 2020, the New Castle County Government Center will be closed to the public. Read on...
The health, safety, and well-being of our residents, customers and employees is of the highest priority for the New Castle County Department of Land Use. Please see our Coronavirus Policy below that is now in effect. Read on...