DNREC Regulations

The regulations that govern the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) are published by the Office of the Registrar of Regulations as part of the Delaware Administrative Code.

DNREC follows an internal regulatory development process to ensure full communication, openness and predictability in developing, adopting, amending, and/or repealing regulations. It follows all legal and programmatic requirements.

Regulatory changes begin with a Start Action Notice (SAN) which lists the type and purpose of the proposed change, the statutory basis for the action, affected stakeholders, schedules and more information. 

Proposed changes are published in the monthly Register of Regulations and as DNREC public notices in statewide newspapers. DNREC public meetings and events, including Public Hearings, are published on the DNREC calendar of events. Meetings subject to the state open meetings law are also published on the state Public Meeting Calendar.

Regulations Under Development

The Division of Air Quality and the Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances both maintain web pages that provide more detail on proposed regulatory changes.

Active Start Action Notices

Lobsters (Homarus americanus) (7 DE Admin. Code 3755)

Title V State Operating Permit Program (7 DE Admin. Code 1130)

Wildlife (7 DE Admin. Code 3900)

Register Publication: 27 DE Reg. 318 (11/01/23) (Proposed)

Public Hearing: Dec. 13, 2023

Regulations Governing Hazardous Substance Cleanup (7 DE Admin. Code 1375)

Regulations Governing Solid Waste (7 DE Admin. Code 1301)

Underground Storage Tank Systems (7 DE Admin. Code 1351)

Register Publication: 27 DE Reg. 87 (08/01/23) (Proposed)

Public Hearing: Aug. 30, 2023

Aboveground Storage Tanks (7 DE Admin. Code 1352)

Register Publication: 27 DE Reg. 88 (08/01/23) (Proposed)

Public Hearing: Aug. 30, 2023

Regulations Governing Hazardous Waste (7 DE Admin. Code 1302)

Shellfish Aquaculture (7 DE Admin. Code 3801)

Register Publication: 27 DE Reg. 151 (09/01/23) (Proposed)

Public Hearing: Sept. 27, 2023

Delaware Low Emission Vehicle Program (7 DE Admin. Code 1140)

Register Publication: 26 DE Reg. 823 (04/01/23) (Proposed)

Public Hearing: Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Regulations Governing Solid Waste (Section 11.0 Part 1 – Infectious Waste) (7 DE Admin. Code 1301)

Regulations Governing Solid Waste (7 DE Admin. Code 1301)