New Castle County COVID-19 Response





Department of Land Use Coronavirus Policy

Effective April 2, 2020, the New Castle County Government Center is closed to the public until further notice.  Our residents and customers will need to take advantage of convenient ways to conduct business with us by one of the following methods.

You are strongly encouraged to conduct business by one of the aforementioned methods.  However, if you wish to personally drop-off an application, fees, or other paperwork, there will be a blue mailbox located inside of the vestibule of the Government Center. A staff member retrieves any submitted materials from that mailbox daily.  Please understand as the health emergency continues to evolve, this drop-off option may be eliminated.  Thank you for your cooperation.

           NCC@2050: The Comprehensive Plan is Here! NCC2050_Logo_sm Opens in new window

Today, New Castle County begins an important two-year process of developing a new countywide comprehensive plan which will guide growth and development for generations. The plan, entitled, “NCC@2050,” will be a community-driven process that will allow us to strategically shape how we grow and develop as a county. The plan will help guide development and services; shape the communities where we live, work, and play; celebrate our environmental, historical, and cultural assets; and support a robust economy.

      Read the press release here!                          Visit the NCC@2050 Website here!

                       Temporary Outdoor Seating                            Permit Applications Now Being Accepted

icon-announcementPer Governor Carney’s May 19 announcement, all Delaware food and drink establishments may apply to their local municipal or county jurisdiction to expand their outdoor seating capacity. Plans for adding temporary outdoor seating capacity must consider local traffic patterns and noise ordinances, and boundaries must be clearly defined to prevent beverages from being carried offsite. Applicants that hold a liquor license must also have their plans reviewed by the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control prior to receiving approval. All facilities, regardless of offering table-service or take-out, must continue to follow guidance as established in Delaware’s Recovery plan. 

The Department of Land Use is currently accepting applications from restaurants that want to add temporary outdoor seating as part of their business recovery efforts. Applications will be processed as promptly as possible. Note: Temporary Outdoor Seating Use Permits cannot be processed through ePlans (please see submission details in the application below). For general questions, please email permits@newcastlede.gov or call (302) 395-5400.

                       What Do You Like Best                         About New Castle County?

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Take the NCC@2050 Survey to tell us all about your favorite places in the County!  Feel free to submit a photo of your favorites to be featured on the comprehensive plan website!

The survey also asks what areas could be improved and what challenges you see facing New Castle County into the future.  Your valuable feedback is critical to ensuring an equitable plan that works for everyone.  We need to hear from you!

Click here to access the survey.


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