Inspections and Permits
Monday - Friday (8:30AM - 5:00PM)
Chief Building Inspector:
Business License Officer:
Ann Marie Townshend
City Hall - 15 Loockerman Plaza
Dover, DE 19903
This division of Public Services enforces all the codes and ordinances that pertain to licensing, permits, and public inspections of private property for compliance with codes related to the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens. This division includes the Office of the Fire Marshal who ensures code compliance with the Fire Prevention Codes of the State of Delaware and the City of Dover. Public Services also provides for the overall management and administration of the Fire Marshal's Office. It is responsible for the following tasks:
•Enforces Building Regulation Ordinances which include the ICC (International Code Council) Building, Plumbing and Mechanical Codes which require plan review and onsite inspections.
•Enforces all other ordinances in relation to the Municipal Code including but not limited to the housing code, property maintenance, license ordinances, grass cutting ordinance, and abandon automobile code.
•Inspects and enforces the requirements of the zoning code in cooperation with the Planning Division.
•Issues permits and licenses for business, multiple occupancy dwellings, public assembly structures, new construction, signs, fences, demolition, and mobile homes.
•Inspects multiple occupancy, public buildings, public gathering places, day care facilities and business establishments.
•The Fire Marshal's Office performs plan review and construction inspections for sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, fire exits, and emergency lighting.
•Fire Marshal's Office investigates the origin of fires and follows through court proceedings of any violations pertaining to Fire Codes or other codes of the City of Dover. Assists Dover Police Department on criminal investigations or any cases which are fire related or code related under their jurisdiction.