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Delaware City The Coastal Zone Act Program regulates existing heavy industrial activities, as well as new and existing manufacturing activities in Delaware’s Coastal Zone. Certain new activities, such as the bulk transfer of raw materials, are not allowed in the Coastal Zone, which runs the length of the state.  

An application for a Coastal Zone Status Decision is necessary if there is question as to whether a proposed activity is considered Heavy Industry, or to determine if the proposed activity is exempt from having to obtain a Coastal Zone Permit. An application for a Coastal Zone Permit is necessary for any new or expanded manufacturing activity that will have an impact on the environment, the economy, the aesthetics or neighboring land uses.

A permitting flow chart tracks the Coastal Zone permitting process. If a project requires other permits from DNREC, the Coastal Zone permit generally takes precedence, although related permit applications may be processed concurrently.

  • The Delaware Coastal Zone Act
    (Title 7, Chapter 70)
  • A history of the Coastal Zone Act
  • Former Governor Peterson reflects on his landmark legislation
  • Russell W. Peterson

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    Coastal Zone Act Documents  Coastal Zone Act Documents

    Folder: Application FormsApplication Forms
    Folder: Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act (2017)Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act (2017)
    Folder: Coastal Zone PermitsCoastal Zone Permits
    Folder: CZCPA Open HousesCZCPA Open Houses
    Folder: CZCPA RAC MeetingsCZCPA RAC Meetings
    Folder: CZCPA Work GroupsCZCPA Work Groups
    Folder: Footprints of Non-Conforming UsesFootprints of Non-Conforming Uses
    Folder: Permit Applications and Related DocumentsPermit Applications and Related Documents
    Folder: Wandendale-Tidewater Coastal Zone DecisionWandendale-Tidewater Coastal Zone Decision
    DNS Offsets Presentation.pdfDNS Offsets Presentation
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     Coastal Zone Act Contact

    Susan Love, Principal Planner, DNREC Planning Section, 302-735-3480-or



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