Land Use

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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.

  1. 2018 International Code Adoption Review Meetings

    The Department of Land Use announces the upcoming review of the 2018 International Codes and schedule of code review meetings. Read on...
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The Department of Land Use hosted a Community Open House on March 1, 2018 in the James H. Gilliam Multipurpose Room located at 67 Reads Way in New Castle. Please click on the image above to view the Summary Report.

A PDF of the presentation slideshow may also be viewed by clicking here:  Community Open House Presentation - March 1, 2018

Please note: You may sign up for "Notify Me" email/text message notifications from the Department of Land Use to keep informed of important news and events.

Land Use releases 2017 Annual Report 

The DepLU 2017 Annual Report coverartment of Land Use continues to promote responsible development that is consistent, environmentally-sustainable, and meets the present and future needs of our residents. Please click the picture on the left to review the annual report highlighting our many initiatives and accomplishments from the fiscal year 2017.

The Department of Land Use Mission:

To preserve and enhance our community’s livability through responsive Land Use services and fostering effective partnerships

Department of Land Use Senior Management:

General Manager - Richard E. Hall, AICP

Deputy General Manager/Code Official - George O. Haggerty, Jr.
Assistant Land Use Manager - Jim Smith

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.

Customer Satisfaction

Keeping our customers satisfied is important to us. Please take our customer satisfaction survey to tell us about your experience and give us input on how we can improve.

We Want to be Your Business-Friendly Destination!

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