Any expansion or enlargement of an existing driveway does not require a building permit from New Castle County, but the enlargement or expansion must comply with the Unified Development Code. The Unified Development Code Section 40.04.110 E 1 e states: “An uncovered patio at ground level or an uncovered driveway (except for shared driveways) may project into any yard, provided it is set back from any lot line a minimum of two (2) feet.” Any new driveway requires an entrance/exit permit from DelDOT. For entrance/exit permits above the C&D Canal, contact DelDOT North District at 302-326-4679. For entrance/exit permits south of the C&D Canal, contact DelDOT Central District at 302-760-2496
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A building permit is required for:Moving, replacing or constructing new walls or partitionsRelocating or installing new plumbing fixturesRelocating or creating new windows, doors, or steps of any kind
All electrical work should be explained to the State of Delaware (302-744-4504) tofind out if an electrical permit and inspection is required.
The New Castle County Code Section 06.03.012 C 1 g states that a building permit is not required if the replacement of roof covering does not involve the repair or replacement of more that twenty-five (25) percent of the sheathing. The International Residential Code Section R907.3 states: “New roof coverings shall not be installed without first removing existing roof coverings where any of the following conditions occur: (1) Where the existing roof or roof covering is water-soaked or has deteriorated to the point that the existing roof or roof covering is not adequate as a base for additional roofing. (2) Where the existing roof covering is wood shake, slate, clay, cement or asbestos-cement tile. (3) Where the existing roof has two or more applications of any type of roof covering.” The Unified Development Code Section 40 04 110 E 1 b states “Chimneys, cornices and eaves may project not more than two (2) feet into any required yard.”