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.


2014 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 22 (4th Wednesday) January 1
February 19 January 29
March 19 February 26
April 16 March 26
May 21 April 30
June 18 May 28
July 16 June 25
July 16 June 25
August 20 July 30
September 17 August 27
October 15 September 24
November 19 October 29
December 17 November 26

Contact Planning

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

Phone:
(302) 576-3100

Fax:
(302) 571-4119

City Planning Commission:
(302) 576-3100

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

Neigborhood Planning Councils:
(302) 576-3109