About Land Use
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 web pages for the information and guidance you may need. Should you require additional assistance, feel free to contact us using any method at the bottom of this page.
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 - Kenneth Dunn, Sr.
Assistant Land Use Manager/Code Official - George O. Haggerty, Jr.
Assistant Land Use Manager (Interim) - Antoni Sekowski
Assistant Land Use Manager (Interim) - Joseph Day, III
- S. Douglas Hokuf, Jr., P.E. - Engineering
- Ron Holmes, GISP - Geographic Information Systems Services
- David Holston - Licensing (Permits, Plan Review & Building Inspections)
- Nicole Racine - Fiscal Analysis/Budget Administration
- Matthew Rogers - Comprehensive Planning Data Analysis (Interim)
- Dawn Thompson - Comprehensive Planning (Interim) and Communications
- Dante Tiberi - Administrative Hearings
- Mark Veasey - Licensing
- Janet Vinc - Subdivision/Land Development Planning (Interim)
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 property 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, please contact Mark Veasey at (302) 395-5510 or by email.
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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