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.