Forms & Applications
View the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Form (PDF). This form is used to request access to the City's public records. For additional information, please call Alice Erickson, FOIA Coordinator, at 302-645-7777.
Wedding Request Form
Wedding/Event General Information
If you are planning to hold your wedding or event in one of Lewes's parks or beaches, please review the List of Regulations (PDF). Should you have any questions, please email Alison Kirk, or call 302-645-7777 ext 100.
Wedding Guidelines for the Canalfront Park
If you are planning to hold your wedding or event in the Lewes Canalfront Park, please download Wedding Guidelines (PDF) for your information. Should you have any questions, please contact Alison Kirk, at 302-645-7777 ext 100.
Submit your Bonfire Request Form (PDF) during normal business hours. Requests are not accepted on weekends or holidays. Permits will be emailed to you within 2 to 3 business days.
A bonfire permit is required for any and all open flames on Lewes Beach and Lewes Beach shoreline. This includes bonfires, grilling, and cooking. Open flames are not allowed during metered hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This includes cooking on the beach.
Starting after Labor Day until Memorial Day, bonfires and open flames start after 4 p.m.
Outdoor Amplification Request
Outdoor amplification for parties, events, weddings, etc. will be reviewed the the Lewes City Manager. All amplification requests MUST be submitted for consideration no later than 60 days PRIOR the event. For more information, please email Alison Kirk, Parks and Marina Administrator, or call 302-645-7777 ext 100.
View the Amplification Request Form (PDF).
Property Value Appeal
View the Property Value Appeal Form (PDF).
Banner Display Request
To request permission to display a banner along Savannah Road, fronting Richard Shields Elementary School, please review the rules, complete the Banner Display Request Form (PDF) and forward to Alice Erickson at:
Lewes City Hall
114 E Third Street
PO Box 227
Lewes, DE 19958
or fax to 302-645-6406.
Scheduling is on a first come, first served basis.
Canalfront Park Transient Agreement
Fill out the Canalfront Park Transient Agreement (PDF) when requesting space at the Canalfront Park Marina or City Dock on a short term basis. Any questions, please contact the Dockmaster at 644-1869.
In order to run for Mayor or City Council, you must complete the Candidate Filing Form (PDF) and hand-deliver to City Manager, Ann Marie Townshend, at:
114 E 3rd Street
Lewes, DE 19958.
Should you have any questions, please contact the City Manager at 302-645-7777.
Race & Parade Permits
Any organizer of a race (5k, 10k, 1 mile, etc.) or an organizer of a parade must apply for a Race and Parade Permit (PDF). Depending on the route, if on a state maintained road, such as Savannah Road, the organizer may also have to contact DelDOT for a special events permit.
City Meeting Room at Rollins Center
View the City Meeting Room Policy (PDF) of use for the City meeting room at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center.
View the City Meeting Room Request Form (PDF) used to make a reservation for the City Meeting room at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center.
The room requires a $250 security deposit, certificate of insurance $1,000,000 with city of Lewes as an additional insured for the specific requested event date, and only for use by non-profits who can show proof of either condition below:
- Lewes-based non-profit organizations include organizations whose physical location, location of registered agent, and/or principal place of business is within the corporate limits of the City of Lewes.
- Non-profit organizations means organizations with 501(c)3 status, homeowners associations of Lewes communities, and other non-profit organizations whose principal function is to serve citizens of the City of Lewes.
If you are doing business within the Corporate City Limits of the City of Lewes you must obtain a Business License (PDF). Please contact 302-645-7777 ext 124 to obtain additional information on related fees.
Business License for Rental Property
To rent a property in the city of Lewes you must first obtain a Rental License (PDF) for each property. The cost is $83 per license. For additional information, please contact 302-645-7777 ext 124.
Building Permit (Renovation/Addition/Demolition)
All renovation, addition and/or demolition within the City of Lewes requires the submission of a Building Permit Application (PDF). If your property is located with the Historic District, you may need to make application to the Historic Preservation Commission. Please contact Robin Davis at 302-645-7777 ext 120 should you have any questions.
Building Permit (New Construction)
All new construction within the City of Lewes requires the submission of a Building Permit Application (PDF). If your property is located with the Historic District, you will need to make application to the Historic Preservation Commission. Please contact Robin Davis at 302-645-7777 ext 120 should you have any questions.
To apply for employment with the City of Lewes, please complete the Employment Application (PDF) and submit it to the City Manager's Office:
P.O. Box 227
114 E 3rd Street
Lewes, DE 19958
If you have any questions please call 302-645-7777. Available positions will be listed under the Employment section of the website.
Board of Adjustment
To apply to the Lewes Board of Adjustment for a Variance, Special Exception or Appeal of a decision, please fill out the Board of Adjustment Form (PDF) and forward to Building Official Henry Baynum. The application fee is $1,250. For any questions please email Henry Baynum or call 302-645-7777 ext 102.