City of New Castle


Historic Area Commission Standards & Guidelines Update

Date Posted: Monday, July 6th, 2015

City Council appointed a Historic Area Review Committee to review the Historic Area design guidelines and permit application review process.  Below is the Historic Area Commission Standards & Guidelines Update presented at the June 30, 2015 Special City Council Meeting. Historic Area Commission Standards & Guidelines Update


Welcome to the City of New Castle

Date Posted: Friday, May 8th, 2015

Step back in time and experience the charm and beauty of colonial New Castle. Walk the cobblestone streets and enjoy the historic sites of this riverfront community. Historic New Castle, Delaware is located just 10 minutes south of downtown Wilmington with easy access from I-95 and I-295. Overlooking the Delaware River, Historic New Castle is the oldest continuously occupied town in the Delaware Valley. And, thanks to preservation efforts, this vibrant, fully occupied community remains one of the most important Colonial/Federal villages in America – second only to Williamsburg, Virginia in the number and authenticity of its historic structures.  The New Castle Court House Museum is part of the the First State National Historical Park. New Castle, originally named Fort Casimir, was founded in 1651 by Peter Stuyvesant, who was sent to provide the Dutch with command of all river traffic. Because of its strategic location, ownership of the settlement […]


Public Works Summer Hours effective Monday, May 11th

Date Posted: Monday, May 4th, 2015

During the hot summer months Public Works labors start their day an hour earlier, to get a jump on the heat of the day.  Public Works summer hours (6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) will begin on Monday, May 11th.  They will begin their routes at 6:00 a.m. so plan accordingly to get your items out for pick up. Trash will be collected on Monday & Tuesday of each week. Yard Waste pick up will take place on Wednesday. Recyclable materials will be collected on Thursday & Friday of each week. Street Sweeping will take place throughout the month, click below for easy to read printable calendar. Printable May Street Sweeping Calendar SUMMER START TIME 7:15 a.m. *”Week” designation is by 1st, 2nd etc. “Full Week” of each month.  Please see printable calendar. *1st Monday (Even #’s) & Tuesday (Odd #’s) of each month. 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th Streets […]


Trustees Community Grants and Scholarships

Date Posted: Monday, November 24th, 2014

Trustees Community Grants and ScholarshipsTrustees of New Castle Common201 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 19720 Trustees Community Grants and Scholarships The Trustees of New Castle Common annually award grants to community organizations and scholarships  to eligible residents of the City of New Castle. Application forms for this year’s grants and scholarships are available on the Trustee’s web site: or from the Trustees’ office. Last year the Trustees budgeted $75,000 for scholarships and more than $200,000 for community grants.  In addition to the forms, the web site contains information on the allocation of Trust funds, properties, meeting minutes and the history and past projects of the Trust.


FEMA revising FIRMs; City properties impacted

Date Posted: Monday, January 7th, 2013

Editor’s note: The following are edited excerpts from the FEMA Flood Hazard Mapping Fact Sheet prepared for New Castle County. This entire publication and a great deal of other detailed information, including draft maps, are available online at (Note the map sections for the City of New Castle are numbered 0162, 0164 and 0166.) FEMA manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This Federal Government program makes flood insurance available to residents in communities which meet certain criteria, including the City of New Castle. Maps created by FEMA include the Special Flood Hazard Area, which is the area that has a 1% or greater chance of flooding in any given year. When FEMA maps flood hazards in a community or county, two products are produced: a Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report; and a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) An FIS is a narrative report of the community’s flood hazards […]


FEMA proposes changes for floodplain maps

Date Posted: Monday, January 7th, 2013

This article from the News Journal (Gannett) New maps reflect greater flood threat Written by Jeff Montgomery and Molly Murray The News Journal; Jan. 06 Several times a day lately, Sussex County official Jeff Shockley finds himself plunging into the fine points of flood plains, prompted by calls from residents anxious about big storms and bigger insurance bills. “There’s been much more interest in the past couple of years, and I think that it’s due to the storms that have hit and missed all around us,” Shockley said. “I get several calls a day from homeowners wanting to know if their property is close to a flood plain, how close they are to a body of water.” The latest surge in interest has coincided with the arrival of new Federal Emergency Management Agency flood insurance boundary maps, slated for public review in coming months. Driving the map revisions, federal […]


Please Help the City by Completing the Parking Survey

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The City Planning Commission formed a subcommittee to study parking. That subcommittee is conducting a parking survey. Paper surveys were included along with the December MSC utility billing. Survey recipients are encouraged to complete and return the surveys no later than the deadline of January 11. In lieu of submitting a paper survey, respondents may complete the survey online, by the January 11 deadline, by clicking on the link below:  


City Pier destroyed by Superstorm Sandy

Date Posted: Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

What is left of the New Castle City Pier is shown in a debris pile on the wharf at the end of Delaware Street. See A Full Hurricane Sandy Special Report


HMS Bounty anchored off New Castle

Date Posted: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

In mid-June, the HMS Bounty stopped overnight and anchored in the Delaware River off the New Castle City shoreline.


City Charter changes fully approved, adopted and in effect

Date Posted: Friday, February 17th, 2012

Governor Markell signed HB 307, the final step in approval and adoption of Charter changes for the City of New Castle. The Delaware Senate and House of Representatives had previously approved HB 307, each in a unanimous vote. Click on the following link to read the full text of HB 307 – Charter changes for the City of New Castle: New Charter for the City of New Castle