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Regulatory Advisory Service



The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) offers a free advisory service to help businesses learn about, and navigate, the regulations and permit requirements that apply to new or expanding businesses.

Contact Information

Michelle Jacobs
Small Business Ombudsman

89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
302.739.9069
michelle.jacobs@state.de.us

The Regulatory Advisory Service includes representatives from each division within DNREC. This group works together to help business leaders find the information they need, when they need it.

Are You a Business Owner?

The DNREC Small Business Ombudsman can arrange for you to meet with representatives of all DNREC’s divisions that may require environmental permits and other approvals for the business you plan. These are the folks who can tell you everything you need to know about DNREC permits, environmental standards, and procedures. And they know which local government, and federal, agencies you will need to talk to, if needed.

Save Time and Effort

The Regulatory Advisory Service can save you time and effort. Instead of trying on your own to locate all the appropriate environmental requirements and meet with the right people, the Regulatory Advisory Service brings the right people to you, all in one personal meeting. The service can help make sure you don’t have any “uh oh” moments; those terrible moments when you realize that you’ve missed a requirement that could stop your project.

When Should You Call?

The earlier in your planning process you connect with the Regulatory Advisory Service, the better off you will be and the less likely to have extra expense, effort and headaches.

You should contact the Regulatory Advisory Service:

  • When you are considering purchasing property for development
  • When you are in the first phase of planning a business requiring any state environmental permit, license or other approval
  • When you are considering expanding your present operation.
  • When you are considering relocating your business.

Get Started Now

Start by contacting the DNREC Small Business Ombudsman, Michelle Jacobs (302.739.9069). You may also want to complete the Regulatory Advisory Service Information Sheet, which the Service members can use to figure out what information to gather for you.

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