Office of State Planning Coordination


The Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination collects building permit and development application approval information every six months from each of the state's three counties and 57 municipalities. This data-collection started in 2008, as part of the Office's effort to inform State, County and Municipal efforts to promote development activity around existing infrastructure and in compliance with comprehensive plans.

These data are unique in that they are collected and reported in a consistent way based on information gathered directly from all statewide jurisdictions that issue building permits and development approvals. The Development Trends Data reflect two indicators of local government activity, development approvals and actual building permits.

  • Development approval information shows where developers have sought and obtained approvals from local governments to build projects. These data can be used to track where developers are preparing to build in the future.
  • Building permit data indicate where actual land development activity is occurring. Because permit information is actual, rather than speculative, it is a better indicator of actual market demand and development trends.

Data are collected by tax parcel, which allows detailed geospatial analysis of development trends using GIS tools. A full explanation of this analysis is found in Appendix 3 (PDF) of the Report to the Governor and the 146th General Assembly prepared for the Cabinet Committee on State Planning Issues. The data are combined to create a statewide data set that includes municipal and county data in a single format. Data are available for calendar years 2008 through 2010.

Tabular Data

Google Earth Data
The following files are designed to be viewed using Google Earth. They include points for all the development applications approved and all the building permits issued from 2008 through 2010.

  • dev_apps.kmz -- Development applications approved in Delaware from 2008 through 2010.
  • permits.kmz -- Building permits issued in Delaware from 2008 through 2010.

GIS Data
The following are GIS data files that present point data for building permits and development applications. They are organized by time period and include basic information about each permit or application. They presented as zipped shapefile collections.

Last Updated: Thursday, 26-Jun-2014 13:36:43 EDT
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