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.
Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations
Appeal Period begins August 15, 2017 and ends on November 12, 2017
On December 28, 2016 and June 15, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided New Castle County with Preliminary and revised Preliminary copies of the revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report for New Castle County, Delaware and Incorporated Areas. Digital copies of these materials are available at www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata . A searchable map, where you can enter your tax parcel identification number or address is also available at http://maps.dnrec.delaware.gov/floodplanning/default.html .
Notice of the proposed flood hazard determinations were published by FEMA in The News Journal on August 8, 2017 and August 15, 2017.
The proposed flood hazard determinations, if finalized, will become the basis for the floodplain management measures in New Castle County. However, before any new or modified flood hazard information becomes effective, a 90 day appeal period is available to communities and citizens. The appeal period begins on August 15, 2017 and ends on November 12, 2017.
During the 90-day appeal period, any owner or lessee of real property who believes his or her property rights will be adversely affected by the proposed flood hazard determinations may appeal to New Castle County. New Castle County will forward appeals it receives within the 90 day appeal period to FEMA. It is important to note, however, that the sole basis for appeals is the possession of knowledge or information indicating that the proposed flood hazard determinations are scientifically or technically incorrect.
If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Land Use at (302) 395-5400.
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.
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The Department of Land Use requires yellow informational signs to be posted at each location of proposed development. Click http://www.nccde.org/299/New-Plans to see new plans submitted this week. Or, click http://www.nccde.org/410/Active-Plans to access the full list of projects currently under review in New Castle County. Questions? Call (302) 395-5400 or email us at LandUse@nccde.org