Slaughter Beach Delaware

"A Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary"

A Certified Wildlife Habitat Community

DNREC Reviews, Approvals & Permits

Prior to approving your Town of Slaughter Beach Building Permit, you may be required to obtain a number of permits and / or approvals from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC): “All construction of structures, additions, septic systems, etc. require DNREC approval in the beach area. Approval is also required for outside work for such things as fences, landscaping retaining walls, patios, bringing in sand and/or fill and driveway materials. For all intents and purposes the beach area in Slaughter Beach consists of all lots seaward of Bay Avenue, Beach Plum Drive, Passwaters Drive and Isaacs Shore Drive. Please contact DNREC prior to any construction in the beach area – (302) 739-9921.

DNREC website for Coastal Construction: Coastal Construction/Beach Preservation

Updated (August 2016) Regulation Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches: 5102

DNREC Build Line Maps scroll down to Slaughter Beach. Remember these are for reference only. Your DNREC easement line could be different.

Approvals and Permits May Include:

DNREC Construction Letter of Approval
DNREC Permit for Construction Seaward of the DNREC Building line
DNREC Pedestrian Dune Crossover Letter of Approval
DNREC Placement of Sand or Fill Letter of Approval
DNREC Septic System Information


Following are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding DNREC permits, particularly regarding how close to the water you can build, the Building and Easement Lines, and procedures for obtaining Letters of Approval: FAQ coming soon

DNREC is in the process of updating beach regulations. More information can be found here.