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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

     Coastal Zone Act Application Status

    Croda, Inc.
    New Castle

     Coastal Zone Act Calendar

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    Coastal Zone Act Documents  Coastal Zone Act Documents

    390P - DuPont Edge Moor.doc390P - DuPont Edge Moor
    CZA 390P DuPont Edge Moor.pdfCZA 390P DuPont Edge Moor
    CZA 390-P DuPont Edge Moor.pdfCZA 390-P DuPont Edge Moor
    DAQ comments Edge Moor.pdfDAQ comments Edge Moor
    DuPont CZA Revised Application 05202011.pdfDuPont CZA Revised Application 05202011
    DuPont Edge Moor Response to CZA Comments 3.28.11.pdfDuPont Edge Moor Response to CZA Comments 3.28.11
    Edge Moor CZA 2-11-11.pdfEdge Moor CZA 2-11-11
    (More Documents...)

     Coastal Zone Act Contact

    Kevin Coyle, Principal Planner, DNREC Planning Section, 302-739-9071 or



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