Slaughter Beach Delaware

"A Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary"

A Certified Wildlife Habitat Community

New Resident

Welcome to our beautiful community on the Delaware Bay. We are small town America at its best, a gem worth protecting and preserving! This SB owner brochure, SB brochure 2019 FINAL(1)  is meant to welcome you and provide some useful information to help acquaint you with Slaughter Beach.

Our Town:

We are located in Sussex County with a year round population of approximately 198. The Town of Slaughter Beach was incorporated in 1931 and has a charter, with codes and ordinances, to be followed. In the spring of 2004, the town proudly declared itself a Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary and adopted the Horseshoe Crab as its official symbol. The Town is located in the 18th Senatorial District and the 36th Representative district. Milford School District is the district of attendance for children of school age living in Slaughter Beach. The unstaffed town office is located on the 2nd floor of the Fire Hall and is handicapped accessible. The town phone number is (302) 424-7659 (please leave a message) and the email address is If you would like to receive emails (annual newsletter, Public Notices, etc.) from the Town, please email the town at, so your address can be placed in our database.

Town Government:

An elected Town Council made up of five people, with the Mayor elected by the Council, governs the town. Elections, if necessary, are held at the Fire Hall in July and are noted on the town bulletin board (south side of the fire hall parking lot, west of the pavilion). Town Council meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Other important information about town events (special meetings, agenda, Town minutes, etc.) is posted on the bulletin board.

Town Services:

In July, your Town tax bill will be mailed to you. It will include your property tax and garbage collection fee. Garbage is picked up on Monday with recycles every other week – usually early in the morning. Cable and high speed Internet service is available through Comcast. Artesian Water Company provides water to the town:  Phone Number: Delaware (Sussex Office): (302) 645-7751  Toll-Free Call: (800) 332-5114   email:    Website: 

DNREC Reviews, Approvals & Permits

You may be required to obtain a number of permits and/or approvals from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) even if you are not building: “All construction of structures, additions, septic systems, etc. require DNREC approval in the beach area. Approval is also may be required for outside work for such things as fences, landscaping retaining walls, patios, bringing in sand and/or fill, driveway materials and cutting vegetation, including grass, east of the DNREC building line. 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.
More information can be found under the DNREC tab under the Government heading.