Local PermitsLocal zoning approval is required prior to submission of State permit applications. However, it is advisable to discuss the project with:
The appropriate local planning department or commission The State Department of Transportation, Division of Highways The Office of the Fire Marshal Local permits are granted by the individual counties and municipalities. This makes it imperative that applicants refer to the regulations established by the governing body in the area where a project will be undertaken. Each county administers its own flood plain regulations. New Castle County
The New Castle County Department of Land Use, Planning Division, administers zoning and subdivision regulations for the County. There are four types of review procedures for non-residential development:Site Plan Review is required for:New non-residential buildings or additions to existing non-residential buildings, with a gross floor area (GFA) of 0 square feet to 999 square feet.Minor Plan Review is required for:New buildings or additions with a GFA of 1,000 square feet to 19,999 square feet and meeting one or more of the following:
Review for Resubdivisions
Proposed revisions to previously approved plans that will not result in any new lots or additional gross floor area shall be considered resubdivisions and shall be reviewed as minor plans for any of the following purposes:
Major Plan Review is required for:
New non-residential buildings with a gross floor area of more than 20,000 square feet which do not otherwise meet the definition for minor land review. Any development involving the establishment of a new public or private street, or dedication to public use of an existing street.
The New Castle County Department of Land Use, Licensing Division, issues permits for all building activity in unincorporated areas. A typical new construction project requires a lines and grades plan; drainage plan; sedimentation and erosion control plans; sewage disposal plan; and building, mechanical, and plumbing permits. New Castle County operates under the IBC building, mechanical, and plumbing codes with local amendments.
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