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Department of Planning Services

Division of Planning

Sarah E. Keifer, AICP - Director

555 Bay Rd Dover, DE 19901

(302) 744-2471 / Fax: (302) 736-2128

Email: planning@co.kent.de.us (This Division does not process building permits, please email the Division of Inspections & Enforcement at Inspections@co.kent.de.us)


Office Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Mon.-Fri.

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The June 18th BOA Meeting will now be held in person at the Kent County Complex, but will also still be accessible virtually by phone and video conferencing software.  The capacity of the chamber is limited so only a certain number of individuals from the public will be able to attend the meeting in person.  If you are not able to attend the hearing in person, you may still provide testimony either for or against the applications listed on the agenda.  To listen to the proceedings and provide your testimony, the call in number is 1-800-377-8846.  Use pass code 92535882# to enter the meeting.  The video conference can be accessed at this link.  The meeting materials that will be shown in the video can be viewed or downloaded here.  The meeting begins at 6:30 PM.


  For problems accessing the meeting, please call our office at 302-744-2471 for assistance.


New May 27th, 2020 - If your restaurant wishes to expand to an outdoor seating area, we now have an approval form for review and submittal to show compliance with the Governor's revised State of Emergency Order.  You can download or print the form at the following link:


Expanded Outdoor Seating Area Request Form



Due to the spread of Coronavirus, Kent County Levy Court has closed the Administration Building to the public effective March 16, 2020 until further notice.  The Planning Department will continue to provide services to our customers to the best of our ability.  Correspondence should be submitted electronically or through the mail.  There is now a vehicle parked in front of the building where you can drop physical documents through the windows. Please contact a member of the staff if you have any questions.


What does your Planning Office do?

The staff of the Planning Office reviews and processes a variety of Land Use applications. In addition to preparing variance applications to be heard by the Board Of Adjustment, the Planning staff also reviews site plan and subdivision plan applications to be heard by the Regional Planning Commission, and rezoning and conditional use applications which are heard by both the Regional Planning Commission and the Levy Court. Many of these applications require a formal plan prepared by a registered land surveyor, engineer or architect licensed in the State of Delaware, which is then reviewed by the staff for compliance with the Kent County Zoning & Subdivision Code Ordinances.

This is the first office to contact regarding zoning information and building setback requirements.



Thinking about opening or expanding a business?  Here is a quick primer on what you'll need to consider:  Planning Dept. - Business Guide





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