NOTICE: The New Castle County Government Center is currently closed to the public due to the COVID 19 health emergency. Meanwhile, we ask that residents and customers take advantage of the following convenient ways to conduct business with us:
Online: Please see our Online Services page for information on many of our services that are available online.
Drop-boxes: Located inside the lobby of the Government Center for applications, plans, fees, and/or other paperwork; drop-boxes are emptied daily.
Postal mail: All forms and fees may be mailed to: Department of Land Use, 87 Reads Way, New Castle, DE 19720
The Department of Land Use legal notice may be found in the Sunday edition of The News Journal. Information on upcoming meetings and events may always be found in the Calendar below and our Agenda Center.
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Solar-Ready Ordinance Recognizing the importance of our natural environment and the growing climate crisis, large footprint buildings provide a suitable environment for future solar power installation. The recent adoption of Ordinance 22-091 requires new commercial buildings with a foundation footprint of 50,000 square feet or more to be built with basic infrastructure to allow a rooftop solar photovoltaic system to be easily and cost-effectively installed at a future date (i.e., that the rooftop be “solar-ready”). This ordinance applies to commercial buildings for which a permit request is submitted on or after January 1, 2023. Please review our Fact Sheet for additional information related to the Solar-Ready Ordinance.
In accordance with 29 Del. C. Section 10006A, Public Hearings will be held as virtual meetings utilizing Zoom Webinar. Unless otherwise specified, the Multipurpose Room of the James H. Gilliam Building located at 67 Reads Way will be accessible during scheduled hearing times for members of the public to attend virtual meetings in-person. The appropriate weblink, call-in number(s) and webinar ID number for all hearings may be found approximately two (2) business days prior to the scheduled hearing date on applicable hearing agendas, which are available in theAgenda Center and at each Board’s webpage listed below. Board of Adjustment Historic Review Board License, Inspection and Review Board Planning Board RPATAC Additional information regarding Virtual Public Meetings may be found at: Virtual Meetings-Land-Use