Building Department


The mission of the City of Lewes Building & Licensing Department is to provide the highest quality of public service to the community. This department strives to provide timely and professional services in the area of plan review, site and building inspections, code enforcement, and administration of the City Ordinances.


The Building & Licensing Department is responsible for enforcing the building and property maintenance codes adopted by the Mayor & City Council. In addition to issuing building permits, the department performs the review and approval of plans for code compliance, conducts on-site inspections during the construction process, and issues certificates of occupancy/compliance. We maintain documents for all current and archived building permits. This department processes all submission applications to the Historic Preservation Architectural Review Commission and the Board of Adjustment. We also receive and work to resolve code compliance complaints filed by City residents and oversee the issuance of all business licenses.

Steve Barrow, Assistant Building Official (302) 645-7777 ext. 105

Joe Pembroke, Code Enforcement Officer (302) 645-7777 ext. 136

Building Permits

Additional information and Building Permit applications may be found here

Business License 

All Business working inside the City of Lewes shall obtain a City of Lewes Business License.  The application form may be found here.  

Please contact Chelsea Moore, Permit & Business License Specialist at 302-645-7777 or