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Delaware Coastal Zone Act Program

The Coastal Zone Act Program regulates new and existing manufacturing and heavy industrial activities in Delaware’s Coastal Zone. Facilities such as oil refineries, paper mills, incinerators, steel manufacturing plants and liquefied natural gas terminals are not allowed in the Coastal Zone, which runs the length of the state.

An application for a standard Coastal Zone permit is necessary for any new or expanded manufacturing activity that will have an impact on the environment, economy, aesthetics, or neighboring land uses. A status decision can help determine whether a proposed activity requires a permit, is exempt from permitting, or is prohibited.

An application for a Coastal Zone conversion permit is necessary for any additional or alternative heavy industry activity proposed within one of the 14 footprints of nonconforming uses.