The Building Department handles all matters relating to construction within the Town of New Castle.
To obtain a building permit, complete a permit application and submit it, along with three (3) complete sets of plans. The plans should include an engineered foundation, construction drawings and a site plan.
The permit review process takes approximately three weeks. The review includes compliance with the Town’s zoning and land use code, the building codes as well as compliance with the historical characteristics in the R-1 and C-1 zone districts. The review process begins only when the application is complete. Once the review is complete, fees will be calculated and the permit will be ready for issuance.
Plumbing and mechanical permits are also required and can be issued at the same time as the building permit. Applications are needed for both, as they are based on what is installed in the building.
All fees are due at the time the permit is issued.
All contractors and subcontractors are required to have a valid Town of New Castle Contractor’s License.
Signs and Sign Permits
The New Castle Municipal Code regulates signs to provide a reasonable balance among the right of the individual to identify his or her business, the right of the individual to utilize signs for other legitimate purposes, and the right of the public to be protected against visual discord and clutter resulting from the unrestricted proliferation of signs.
Some types of signs require a sign permit, others do not, and others are prohibited.
For a complete list of signs requiring a permit, exempt signs, and prohibited signs, please refer to the New Castle Sign Code which is now located in Chapter 17 of the Municipal Code.
Examples of Signs that Require a Permit
- Monument signs
- Wall signs
- Projecting wall signs
- Roof signs
- Freestanding signs
- Ground signs
Examples of Signs that do not Require a Permit (exempt signs)
- Political signs displayed on private property and not in the Town’s right-of-way.
- Address: Non-illuminated signs not to exceed two (2) square feet in area which identify the address and/or occupants of a building.
- Bulletin Board: Bulletin board signs not exceeding fifteen (15) square feet in gross surface area accessory to a church, school, or public or non-profit institution.
- Directional: On-premise directional and instructional signs not exceeding four (4) square feet in area apiece.
- Business Identification Window Sign: Signs affixed, painted on or otherwise attached to door glass which identifies the name and/or address of an establishment.
- Memorial: Memorial signs, plaques or grave markers which are noncommercial in nature not in the Town’s right-of-way.
- Merchandise: Merchandise, pictures or models of products or services which are incorporated as an integral part of a window display.
- Sandwich Board Signs: A single temporary portable sign not exceeding four (4) square feet and no more than eighteen (18) inches wide placed in front of the business and only during business hours on sidewalk in a manner that does not present a risk to public safety, accessibility (including handicap) or visibility.
Examples of Prohibited Signs
- Any sign located in the Town’s right-of-way, parks, or open spaces, except those placed by the Town to perform government functions.
- Animated signs or signs that flash, rotate, blink or moving signs, signs with moving, rotating or flashing lights or signs that create the illusion of movement, except for time and temperature devices.
- Any sign that is erected in such a location as to cause visual obstruction or interference with motor vehicle traffic, or traffic-control devices including any sign that obstructs clear vision in any direction from any street intersection or driveway.
- Stationery or portable electronic message boards except governmental signs.
- Wind signs designed or installed to be activated by movement of the atmosphere.