Notice to Contractors


Property Owners, Contractors and Design Professionals note that enclosed spaces of decks, balconies, and porches will be counted as contributing to the sum of gross floor area (GFA) for purposes of calculating floor area ratio (FAR). The floor area ratio (FAR) is the relationship between the total amount of floor area that a building has or has been permitted to have and the total area of the lot on which the building stands.

The City of Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment on September 23, 2019, upheld the Building Inspector's interpretation to include the square footage of such structures for computing gross floor area (GFA). Plans submitted prior to September 24, 2019, will be reviewed to previous code interpretation. 


All contractors and subcontractors must obtain a business license to perform work within the City of Rehoboth Beach.  All contractors seeking to obtain a new license or to renew their existing license will be required to submit a current copy of their State of Delaware Contractor’s License and proof of liability insurance and/or bonding.

Any application submitted without this information will not be processed.


8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Monday thru Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Saturdays (November 1 thru April 30 ONLY)

No work is permitted on Sundays, Holidays, or Saturdays not listed above.


Please be advised that on Friday, May 18, 2018, the Mayor and Commissioners approved an ordinance to amend Section 92-264 of the Municipal Code related to special considerations and exceptions for the issuing of parking permits. Among the amendments made was the deletion of Subsection 92-264(C)(7) related to service vehicles which are clearly marked, e.g., plumber, electrician, and cable television. Following these City Code amendments, contractors must present a valid, City of Rehoboth Beach parking permit to park on the residential streets within City limits. If you expect to have multiple vehicles working at a specific location, each vehicle will require a permit. Parking permits are available for sale at the following locations:

  • Parking Meter Department - 1 City Hall Drive, off of Lake Avenue behind 30 Lake Avenue.
  • Check-in time at several local Real Estate Offices and the Visitors Center, 501 Rehoboth Avenue (weekly, weekend and weekday permits only).
  • Rehoboth Avenue coming into town after crossing the drawbridge (Kiosk open the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.).
  • Bayard Avenue coming into town after crossing over Silver Lake (Kiosk open the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For questions regarding the purchase of parking permits, please contact the Parking Department at (302) 227-6184 or [email protected].


***As of April 1, 2009, all permit applications must be accompanied by a $ 20.00 processing fee.*** Permits are required for all new work.  Contact this office should you have any questions concerning whether or not a permit is required.

Applications for one and two family residential work must be accompanied by the appropriate required documentation.  Applications for all work other than one and two family residential consisting of new, alterations, additions or renovations, must be submitted with drawings prepared and sealed by a licensed design professional and other required documentation. Some additional documentation may include approval by the State Fire Marshall's office and/or the State Department of Health.


Plans, drawings, contract/proposal, and supporting documents as required to adequately describe the project.  As of 11/29/11, all contracts/proposals for work involving new homes or additional structure must be signed by both the contractor and the homeowner.  For proposed sheds, sidewalks, driveways, pavers, patios, fencing, HVAC and other miscellaneous projects , a current survey of the property is required with project shown on survey showing size and distance from property lines and current and proposed lot coverage.


Each set of Plans/Drawings submitted shall contain at the minimum:  (Must be in Standard Architectural or Engineering Scale.)

  1. Site Plan showing all buildings, outbuildings, sidewalks, driveways, and trees.
  2. Dimensioned Foundation Plan.
  3. Floor Plans to scale, dimensioned, that correctly identify rooms, specify door and window dimensions, show mechanical chases, electric panel, smoke detectors & all plumbing fixtures.
  4. Elevation Drawings are required to accurately describe new work.
  5. Wall and/or Building Sections showing framing details, identifying materials and sizes of structural members.
  6. Any and all Specifications.


Residential (one and two family dwellings):

  1. Two (2) complete sets of plans and/or drawings to standard architectural or engineering scale.  Once plan review is complete both will be marked up and stamped and one set will be returned to owner/builder.
  2. Proposal or contract for job with pricing signed by both contractor and homeowner.
  3. The most current Survey/Plat Plan stamped and sealed.  No faxed copies for plan review.
  4. 2012 Residential Energy Code Calculations “RES Check” -  (new construction AND additions/renovations in excess of 500 square feet)
  5. DNREC Approval (Ocean Block up to Lake Gerar).
  6. DNREC Air Quality Management Form for Demolitions.  One Copy and Proof of Submission (e.g. fax confirmation sheet, certified mail receipt, etc.). Applicable for substantial or complete demolition projects only, or where hazardous materials are known to exist.

Commercial Projects:

  1. Three (3) complete sets of plans and/or documents to standard architectural or engineering scale. All plans and documents to be sealed and signed by design professional.  Once plan review is complete,    plans will be marked up and stamped and one set will be returned to owner/builder.         
  2. Proposal or contract for job with pricing.
  3. Model Energy Code (MEC Check) or COM Check Calculations
  4. Current Survey/Plat Plan, stamped and sealed.  No faxed copies for plan review.
  5. State Fire Marshall review notes and approval (if applicable).
  6. Division of Public Health review and approval (if applicable).
  7. Soil and Erosion Control approvals. (if applicable).
  8. DNREC approvals (Ocean Block up to Lake Gerar).
  9. DNREC Air Quality Management Form for Demolitions.  One Copy and Proof of Submission (e.g. fax confirmation sheet, certified mail receipt, etc.).  Applicable for substantial or complete demolition projects only, or where hazardous materials are known to exist.


To be provided by contractor:

  1. A property survey showing the location of the wells.
  2. The name of the well drilling contractor.
  3. An approval letter from DNREC.
  4. An approval letter from the City Manager of Rehoboth Beach, Sharon Lynn. 


The following inspections are performed by the City of Rehoboth Beach with a 24-48 hour notice:

Prior to pouring all structural concrete (i.e. footers, grade beams, foundation walls, etc.).  All necessary forms, woven wire fabric, reinforcing steel in place, properly supported and tied, and grade stakes must be present.  Inspection performed by City Building Inspector.

Once the foundation is complete and the sill plate is installed and anchored.  Prior to the floor system being installed. After the foundation wall is installed a placement survey shall be submitted to the Building Inspector. The survey shall show dimensions from the property lines and the height of the wall above the centerline of the road elevation.

Prior to siding.

Any and all underground plumbing and interior plumbing lines, vents, laterals, etc. must be in place and inspected prior to concealment.  Interior rough in and final inspections done by Plumbing Inspector at Building & Licensing, call 227-4504 to schedule.  Exterior and underground inspection done by Plumbing Inspector at Water Department, call 227-6181 to schedule.

FRAMING (Prior to installation of insulation.)

All framing work must be complete, windows and exterior doors installed, HVAC units and ductwork installed.  Rough-in plumbing and rough-in electrical inspections done and approved. All sill plates, bottom wall plates, penetrations and exterior joints are fire caulked and sealed. Inspection performed by City Building Inspector.


All wall, floor and ceiling insulation must be in place.  All vapor barriers must be installed in accordance with Building Code and Manufacturers’ recommendations.


When applicable, an inspection of required fire rated assemblies may be required.  Inspection performed by the City Building Inspector and/or State Fire Marshall’s Office.


When all other inspections are complete, including those required by outside agencies the final inspection can be scheduled.  (i.e. Plumbing, Electrical, Fire Marshall and Health Department).  It is the contractor’s responsibility to know which outside agency inspections are required.  Project should be 100% complete and ready for occupancy when inspector arrives.  A final as-built survey is required at the time of the final inspection.  The survey, once approved by the Building Inspector, must be recorded in Georgetown and returned to the Building and Licensing office before Certificate of Occupancy is issued.

Stay Informed!