Information for Businesses

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control permits and regulates many business activities. It also offers assistance programs to help business and industry thrive in Delaware.

Assistance and Advice

The Small Business Ombudsman provides assistance to small businesses to meet environmental regulatory requirements and oversees the DNREC Regulatory Advisory Service.

Get Pre-Application Assistance for Air Quality Permits.

Learn more about Permitting and Regulation at DNREC.

Learn about the Coastal Zone Act that governs major industrial development along Delaware’s coast.

Recycling and Waste Management

Learn about recycling and waste reduction for businesses.

Information about The Delaware Brownfields Program

The Voluntary Cleanup Program is available to all parties who may be liable for the contamination of a property.

Information about Handling Asbestos in Building Renovation and Demolition

Clean Water

The Water Well Licensing Board oversees the licensing of well drilling professionals. 

The DNREC Well Permits Program manages and issues well construction and use permits for wells that withdraw 50,000 gallons per day or less of water. The program also inspects wells and maintains data on the construction and status of all wells for which a well construction or use permit has been issued.

The Division of Water issues licenses for the various professions involved in designing, installing and maintaining on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems. 

All wastewater treatment facilities in Delaware must be operated under the direct supervision of a Delaware Licensed Wastewater Operator.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulates point sources that discharge pollutants into the waters of Delaware. 

Commercial and Recreational Fishing

The rules and opportunities for commercial fishing in Delaware.

Charter Boat or Head Boat License

Recreational Fishing Licenses

Loans and Financial Support

Private Projects that Support Estuary Programs

Dairy Loan Program

Poultry Loan Program

Septic Rehabilitation Loan Program

The Energy Efficiency Investment Fund

Clean Fuel and Transportation Initiatives




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