Land Use

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*PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Land Use will close at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017 for a departmental meeting. 

What's Going on in Land Use?

FEMA, DNREC, and New Castle County hosted an open house May 23rd on updated flood risk information in New Castle County 

About 360 people attended the open house, which is the first step in the process of adopting new flood risk maps, and provided an opportunity for the public to learn more about how the proposed map changes affect their property from representatives of FEMA, DNREC and NCC. Please contact the Department of Land Use at 395-5400 if you were unable to attend and have questions regarding this topic. For more information on DNREC’s flood mitigation program, visit DNREC’s website at may contain: outdoor, nature and water

New Castle County takes new action to tackle neighborhood blight

On May 16, 2017, County Executive Meyer signed legislation into law that gives County government new tools to tackle vacant and abandoned housing and unveiled a vacant property strategy, including state legislation aimed at strengthening community development, reducing crime and supporting home ownership. Click here for further details.
 NCC vacant property signing ceremony 5.16.17
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List Services are a notification system that keeps you up to date on important land use issues and new agendas.

To register, click on the image of an envelope on the lefthand side of this page.  Then enter your e-mail address and click on "Sign In".  Scroll down to select those topics of interest to you.  You will receive an e-mail (or text message, if you select that option), when we have news to share.


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 Regina Roark at (302) 395-5404 or e-mail us at

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

General Manager Richard E. Hall, AICP

Land Use is structured into the following divisions and sections:

Jim Smith, Assistant General Manager:

George O. Haggerty, Jr., Assistant General Manager
Reed Macmillan, Assistant Land Use Manager:
Code Official - George O. Haggerty, Jr.

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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