Permits & Inspections

City Adopts 2018 International Building and Residential Codes

At their regular meeting on Friday, December 20, 2019, the commissioners voted unanimously to pass an ordinance to amend Chapter 102 of the Municipal Code adopting the 2018 International Building and Residential Codes set forth by the International Code Council. As of April 1, 2020, all permit applications and plan submittals must adhere to the regulations set forth by the 2018 codes. Please visit for code publications.

City Passes Administrative Grant of Dimensional Variances

At their regular meeting on Friday, December 20, 2019, the commissioners voted unanimously to pass an ordinance to amend Chapter 270 of the Municipal Code inserting new section 270-28 relating to the administrative grant of dimensional variances. Under the ordinance, the building inspector may administratively grant a building setback variance, side yard variance, or rear yard variance that does not exceed 1 foot of the building setback, side yard, and rear yard requirements. Administrative variances may only be granted for existing structures located in the Special Single-Family Residence District (R-1(S)), the Single-Family Residence District (R-1), or the General Residence District (R-2).

Applications for the administrative variance shall include a survey signed and sealed by a surveyor licensed in the State of Delaware, a brief written statement of the administrative variance requested, and a $100 application fee. The Building Inspector shall provide written notice by a certified mailing of the administrative variance application to adjacent property owners and accept written comments for 30 working days from the date of mailing. If any adjacent property owner objects to the administrative variance, the Building Inspector shall refer the application to the Board of Adjustment, and the administrative variance application fee shall be credited to the Board of Adjustment application fee. Within 30 working days, after the administrative variance application is submitted and accepted, the Building Inspector may approve or deny the administrative variance through a written decision. The decision of the Building Inspector shall be governed by the “exceptional practical difficulty” standard applicable to the Board of Adjustment for area variance determinations. The ordinance will take effect on April 1, 2020. All permit applications and plan submittals must adhere to the 2018 IRC and IBC codes.


Permits are required anytime you are doing work on your property other than minor repairs, carpeting, painting, and wallpaper. There are different kinds of permits required by the City code. Some different kinds of permits are:

  • Building Permit (sign permit, zoning permit)(Section 102 & 270)
  • Plumbing Permit (Section 102)
  • Moving Permit (Section 102 & 109)
  • Demolition Permit (Section 102 & 105)
  • Tree Removal Permit (Section 253)
  • Land Clearing Permit (Section 253)
  • Stormwater Protection Requirements (Section 102) Delaware Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Handbook

Depending on the project, additional permitting may be required from this or other agencies.  Please contact Building and Licensing with any questions.

Inspections performed by outside agencies:

  • ELECTRICAL - Rough-in and Final required
  • FIRE MARSHAL - Plan review and Final required
  • Duct Tightness Test – “Duct Blast”
  • Building Air Leakage Test – “Blower Door”
  • Health Dept - Plan review and Final required

Where to call:

  • Rehoboth Beach Building & Licensing – 302-227-6181 x222
  • Exterior and Underground Plumbing Inspections (to schedule) - 302-227-6181 x222
  • DE State Fire Marshal’s Office – 302-856-5298
  • DE State Health Dept. – 302-856-5496

Approved Electrical Inspection Agencies:

  • First State Inspection Agency – 302-856-3517
  • Middle Dept. Inspection Agency – 302-422-5729
  • American Inspection Agency – 302-732-6900

Licensed Energy Testing Contractors:

  • Delmarva Energy Solutions/Dr. Energy Saver – 302-684-3418
  • Smart Energy Solutions – 302-674-3221
  • Patuxent Environmental Group (PEG) 703-934-2777
  • Joe Gordon LLC – 302-841-4502

Stay Informed!