When do I need a business license? What are the fees?

Any person, firm or corporation engaged for profit within the City limits shall pay an annual (January 1 through December 31) license fee to the City. Application may be obtained under the Forms and Applications page, or in person at:
Lewes City Hall
114 E 3rd Street
Lewes, DE 19958


Residential property rentals $200 per year, per unit. 

Licenses for contractors vary according to the number of employees in the company: 

  • 1 to 5 employees - $150 
  • 6 or more employees - $360

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1. What telephone numbers should I know?
2. When is trash / recycling / yard waste collected? What items are not collected?
3. What are the Operating Hours for City Hall?
4. What must I do if I want to rent out my residential property?
5. When are my taxes due?
6. When do I need a building permit?
7. How do I apply for a building permit?
8. When do I need a business license? What are the fees?
9. Where can I park in Lewes? What are the rules for parking in the City?
10. Where are parking meters, what are their hourly rates, and when do they start and stop?
11. Where is there free parking?
12. What dates and times are the lifeguards on duty?
13. What are the rules regarding dogs in Lewes?
14. What are the rules regarding use of the beach?
15. What are the rules and fees for renting space at the city's docks?
16. What are the rules regarding bikes, skateboards, and inline skates?
17. What airports are closest to Lewes?