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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

    CZICB decision_Oct 11_2010.pdfCZICB decision_Oct 11_2010
    HO Report 7-23-10_Tidewater Environmental Services Inc CZA permit_.pdfHO Report 7-23-10_Tidewater Environmental Services Inc CZA permit_
    Sec  Order No  2010 CZ-0022 _Tidewater Environmental Services Inc CZA Permit_.pdfSec Order No 2010 CZ-0022 _Tidewater Environmental Services Inc CZA Permit_
    Tidewater Appeal.pdfTidewater Appeal
    Wandendale CZA TRM.pdfWandendale CZA TRM
    Wandendale Revised List of Public Hearing Exhibits.pdfWandendale Revised List of Public Hearing Exhibits
    Widener Appeal 1.pdfWidener Appeal 1
    Widener Appeal 2.pdfWidener Appeal 2
    (More Documents...)

     Coastal Zone Act Contact

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



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