Design Review and Preservation Commission

The seven-member Design Review and Preservation Commission includes six Mayoral appointments and one ex-officio member of the City Planning Commission. The Commission meets monthly to review the effects of the following types of actions on historic architecture within the 12 City Historic Districts, the two C-6 Zoning Districts, or the one Neighborhood Conservation District:

  • Exterior Building Alterations
  • Demolitions
  • New Construction
  • Fencing
  • Landscaping (if plans include changes in topography)

Review is initiated by permit application to the Department of Licenses and Inspections or through the Demolition Review procedures of the Planning Department. An analysis prepared by the Planning Department is presented to the Design Review and Preservation Commission and their recommendations are forwarded to the Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections in the form of a resolution. The Design Review and Preservation Commission generally meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. There is no fee for this review. For more information, call (302) 576-3113 or (302) 576-3118.

(City Code Article III Division 2)

DRPC Application

The deadline for completed applications to be received by the Planning Department is 21 days before the meeting date with no exceptions. If applications are received but not considered complete, they will be returned to the applicant and not scheduled on a DRPC agenda until they are made complete by the applicant.

2015 Meetings

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Louis L. Redding City/County Building.

DRPC Meeting Application Deadline
January 21 January 1
February 1 January 28
March 18 February 25
April 15 March 25
May 20 April 29
June 17 May 27
July 15 June 24
August 19 July 29
September 16 August 26
October 21 September 30
November 18 October 28
December 16 November 25

Contact Planning

Mailing Address:
Department of Planning and Development
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street, 7th Floor
Wilmington DE 19801

(302) 576-3100

(302) 571-4119

City Planning Commission:
(302) 576-3100

Design Review and Preservation Commission:
(302) 576-3113

Neigborhood Planning Councils:
(302) 576-3109