Wilmington Design Review and Preservation Commission

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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.

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.

2018 Meetings

Meetings are usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., and are held in either the Council Chambers or the 3rd Floor Conference Room at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building, 800 N. French Street.

Complete submissions must be received in the Department of Planning and Development at least three weeks before the posted meeting date.

Application Submission Deadline DRPC Meeting Date Agenda (PDF) Minutes (PDF)
December 27, 2017 January 17 Agenda

January 31 February 21

February 28 March 21

March 28 April 18

April 25 May 16

May 30 June 20

June 27 July 18

July 25 August 15

August 29 September 19*

September 26 October 17

October 31 November 21*

November 28 December 19

Schedule subject to change.

*Indicates possible change of meeting date due to conflict with holiday/holiday travel.

2017 Meetings

Application Submission Deadline DRPC Meeting Date Agenda (PDF)
December 28, 2016 January 18 Agenda Results
January 25 February 15 Agenda Results
February 22 March 15 Agenda Results 
March 29 April 12 Agenda Results
April 26 May 17 Agenda Results
May 31 June 21 Agenda Results
June 28 July 19 Agenda Results
July 26 August 16 Agenda Results
August 30 September 20 15
Agenda Results
September 27 October 18 Agenda
October 25 November 15 Meeting Cancelled
November 29 December 20* 13 Agenda


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