Neighborhood Conservation Districts

Neighborhood Conservation Districts (NCD) are designed to maintain the ambiance of the historic streetscapes. The architectural controls in the NCD focus on "the bigger picture" and are somewhat less stringent than those found in the 12 City Historic Districts. Review of proposed work is still required before a permit can be issued.

As an example, some newer, composite architectural materials may be allowed for the rehabilitation of a building, as long as the finished appearance is the same as the historic appearance of the building.

Currently, there is only one Neighborhood Conservation district in Wilmington. The Forty Acres district is bound roughly by Delaware Avenue, Union Street, Wawaset Street and Lincoln Street.

Maintenance work in this district can generally be reviewed by the Planning Department staff. Proposed work that involves a change in design or the "footprint" of the building, new construction, or demolitions will be referred to the Wilmington Design Review and Preservation Commission for consideration.

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