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Any construction, alternations, removal, hardscaping, or demolition in the City of Lewes requires a building permit from the City. This includes pretty much everything except for painting. Please call 302-645-7777 ext. 124 if you have questions regarding permitting requirements.
Applications for new construction or renovations, alterations, or demolitions may be obtained at Lewes City Hall, 114 E. Third Street, or from our website. Applications are reviewed to ensure compliance with the City’s Code. If your property is located within the Historic District, you may need to make an application to the Historic Preservation Architectural Review Commission. Please contact Building Department at (302) 645-7777 x124 should you have any questions.
New Construction & Additions
1.5% of the construction cost or ICC rate whichever is higher
All other Permits
1.5% of the construction cost
Call Chelsea Moore at 302-645-7777 ext. 124 to schedule all inspections. Please contact Chelsea 48 hours prior to the needed inspection.
The city adopted fire suppression to be required for all new residential construction on Oct. 11, 2021.
Fire suppression plans shall be submitted and approved prior to the scheduling of a framing inspection.
If the property is located within the floodplain an elevation certificate will be required along with sealed plans.
A copy of the approved plans shall remain on the job site and be available during inspections.
The city adopted an ordinance in 2014 requiring construction documents to be sealed by a licensed design professional for properties in the floodplain.
A survey, complete construction drawings, and contract with the property owner shall be submitted along with the Building Permit application.
Yes. (2012 IRC 105.1)
Yes, beginning July 1, 2022, a separate HVAC permit shall be submitted along with the Building Permit application if the HVAC information is not included as part of the overall Building Permit for the house. (2012 IRC 105.1)
Cut sheets showing specifications of the equipment to be installed.
HVAC plans/information shall be submitted and approved prior to the scheduling of a framing inspection.
Monday through Friday 7 am to 7 pm May 1 to September 30.
Saturday 9 am to 5 pm October 1 to April 30.
No construction on Sundays or holidays. Chapter 132-5A
It takes 1 -2 weeks depending on the number of permits that have been submitted for review.
Permits are reviewed in the order in which they are received.
A review letter is now being prepared as part of the plan review to address any concerns with the plans. The letter will be sent to the contractor, property owner, and design professional via email and/or regular mail.
20 ft.; 12 ft. within the TC, R-4, and R-4(H) Zoning District for single-family dwellings. This includes curb cuts on private streets. Ch. 197-61C(5).
Yes, a Building Permit and a Street Break Permit are required for work on a driveway.
The city is using the 2012 IRC.
Yes, all contractors and subcontractors are required to obtain a City of Lewes Business License. Chapter 128-4 of the City Code.