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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: Meeting 1 - 2018 JuneMeeting 1 - 2018 June
    Folder: Meeting 10 - 2019 MarchMeeting 10 - 2019 March
    Folder: Meeting 11 - 2019 AprilMeeting 11 - 2019 April
    Folder: Meeting 2 - 2018 JulyMeeting 2 - 2018 July
    Folder: Meeting 3 - 2018 AugustMeeting 3 - 2018 August
    Folder: Meeting 4 - 2018 SeptemberMeeting 4 - 2018 September
    Folder: Meeting 5 - 2018 OctoberMeeting 5 - 2018 October
    Folder: Meeting 6 - 2018 NovemberMeeting 6 - 2018 November
    Folder: Meeting 7 - 2018 DecemberMeeting 7 - 2018 December
    Folder: Meeting 8 - 2019 JanuaryMeeting 8 - 2019 January
    Folder: Meeting 9 - 2019 FebruaryMeeting 9 - 2019 February
    Folder: Public CommentsPublic Comments
    Administrative Procedures Act.pdfAdministrative Procedures Act
    Application for a Coastal Zone Act Permit (current).pdfApplication for a Coastal Zone Act Permit (current)
    Background Information on Existing Heavy Industry Use Sites.pdfBackground Information on Existing Heavy Industry Use Sites
    Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act.pdfCoastal Zone Conversion Permit Act
    Delaware Coastal Zone Act.pdfDelaware Coastal Zone Act
    Final Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act Process Recommendations Report.pdfFinal Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Act Process Recommendations Report
    Final Procedures for RAC Operations - Adopted July 12, 2018.pdfFinal Procedures for RAC Operations - Adopted July 12, 2018
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     Coastal Zone Act Contact

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



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