Land Use

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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 us at (302) 395-5510 or e-mail us at LandUse@nccde.org.


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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 Organization


Acting General Manager George O. Haggerty

Land Use is structured into the following divisions and sections:

Jim Smith, Assistant General Manager:

Reed MacMillan, Assistant Land Use Manager:
Code Official
Joe Ruberto, Licensing Manager


Gift Policy


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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