Town of Dewey Beach, DE
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Commissioners of the Town of Dewey Beach as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Last amended 1-8-2005 by Ord. No. 527]
A. 
Building permits: 3% of the total construction cost for all required permits, with a $50 minimum permit fee.
B. 
Fifty cents per square foot of sign area, but not less than $50 per sign.
C. 
Building permit application fee:
(1) 
For projects having an estimated permit cost up to $150: $50.
(2) 
For projects having an estimated permit cost of more than $150: $150.
D. 
Relocation of dwelling units: $100. If new site is within Town limits, fee is same as for new construction, plus $100.
E. 
Request to rezone property: $750.
F. 
Request for approval of conditional use: $750.
G. 
Request for variance, special exception, appeal, or interpretation requiring Board of Adjustment action: $500.
H. 
Fences, signs, driveways in excess of $100, including flag poles, towers, sidewalks, and paved patios: $30.
I. 
Entranceway permits: $10.
J. 
Renewal of building permit: $50.
K. 
The above fee shall be doubled if a permit is not obtained prior to beginning of construction.
L. 
Limousine business license fee: $25 per year.
[Added 5-13-2006 by Ord. No. 565]
M. 
Request for demolition of 50% or more of a building other than an accessory building: $1,500.
[Added 2-28-2009 by Ord. No. 652]
[Amended 2-11-2012 by Ord. No. 689]
A. 
Twenty percent of the revenues derived from building permits each month shall be transferred to the infrastructure maintenance and improvements escrow account ("infrastructure account") to be used for infrastructure maintenance and improvements undertaken by the Town.
B. 
For the purpose of this chapter, "infrastructure" shall be defined to include only those areas directly impacting health and safety issues related to roads and rights-of-way, such as roadways and road surfaces, mitigation of roadway flooding and stormwater drainage, pedestrian walkways and crossings and street lighting.
C. 
Activities authorized to be funded out of the infrastructure account shall serve to create new infrastructure or result in the maintenance or improvement of existing infrastructure-related grant writing, feasibility studies, engineering design, permitting, construction and construction oversight, repairs and maintenance and maintenance contracts.
D. 
Prior to any appropriation of funds from the infrastructure account, proposed projects may be referred to the Infrastructure Committee for its review and recommendation to Council, and council shall subsequently hold a public hearing on the proposed project.
[Amended 2-28-2009 by Ord. No. 649; 5-13-2017 by Ord. No. 740]
Fee of $30 for Dewey Beach property owners and $50 for nonproperty owners, plus a cleanup fee deposit of $100, which will be refundable after 1:00 p.m. the following day if no cleanup is required.
A fee not to exceed $2,500 shall be charged to any private, charitable, nonprofit or profit organization or promoter which requires the assistance of the Dewey Beach Police Department. The fee shall be determined according to the estimated number of police man hours required to serve the special event. The Town Manager shall annually determine the hourly rate per man hour of police assistance and said rate shall be approved by the Commissioners at a regularly scheduled meeting. If no change of the rate is proposed by the Town Manager, the rate shall remain the same in subsequent years. For any special event requiring the assistance of the Dewey Beach Police Department, the organizer and/or promoter and the Town Manager shall determine the number of police man hours required and the organizer and/or promoter of the event shall pay the estimated fee for the special event. Any refund and/or additional charge for police man hours shall be paid within 30 days after the event. This fee may be waived by the Town Manager when approved by three Commissioners.
[Amended 4-12-2008 by Ord. No. 622; 2-14-2009 by Ord. No. 646]
A. 
Seasonal: $200.
[Amended 4-25-2009 by Ord. No. 657; 3-10-2012 by Ord. No. 691]
(1) 
Dewey Beach property owners and business owners with a business physically located in Dewey Beach are eligible to purchase up to two discounted seasonal parking permits at $150 per permit, provided:
(a) 
The permits are purchased prior to Memorial Day;
(b) 
Assessments for beach replenishment on all applicant’s properties are paid in full; and
(c) 
Provided the applicant has no unpaid Dewey Beach parking fines.
(2) 
Business owners shall only be permitted to purchase discounted seasonal permits if they are not otherwise eligible as a property owner.
B. 
Weekly rate (any consecutive seven days) $55.
[Amended 5-10-2010 by Ord. No. 678]
C. 
Daily and weekend rates.
[Amended 5-10-2010 by Ord. No. 678]
(1) 
Daily rate:
(a) 
For use on a Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday (partial enforcement hours): $10.
(b) 
For use on a Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday (full enforcement hours): $15.
(2) 
Weekend rate: $35 for one-time use on any consecutive Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
D. 
Parking permits are in effect from 12:01 a.m. May 15 to 12:00 midnight September 15 of every year.
[Amended 5-10-2010 by Ord. No. 678]
E. 
Parking permits are required from the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. the following day Monday through Wednesday (partial enforcement hours) and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. the following day Thursday through Sunday (full enforcement hours).
[Amended 4-10-2010 by Ord. No. 675; 5-10-2010 by Ord. No. 678; 2-8-2014 by Ord. No. 711]
F. 
Parking permits will be replaced at a cost of 50% of the original price.
[Amended 2-14-2009 by Ord. No. 650; 4-6-2013 by Ord. No. 700]
A. 
Dog license, valid for the life of the dog: $35.
B. 
Replacement of lost lifetime dog tag: no charge.
C. 
Dog license valid for eight days: $10.
D. 
Dog license valid for a weekend (Friday 5:30 p.m. to Sunday 12:00 midnight): $5.
E. 
For any dog show or event not exceeding five days per event: $109. Participating dogs must be licensed if they are owned, kept, harbored, or maintained, or on the beaches within the boundaries of the Town of Dewey Beach.
[Added 5-14-2016 by Ord. No. 731]
A permit must be obtained to conduct a wedding ceremony on Town beaches or in Town parks. A permit fee of $100 shall apply. Property owners and their immediate family are exempt from this fee. One twenty-four-hour complimentary Dewey Beach parking permit will be provided to the wedding applicants.
[Added 3-14-2009 by Ord. No. 651[1]]
A. 
Copy fee per page: $0.25.
[Amended 1-21-2019 by Ord. No. 747]
B. 
Bad check fee: $50.
C. 
Fax charge, per page: $0.50.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also renumbered former § 93-7 as § 93-8.
A. 
Slim jim (refundable deposit): $10.
B. 
Fingerprinting (passport, etc.): $15.
C. 
Refundable deposit for processing a warrant (deposit will be returned at trial): $50.
D. 
Copy of a police report: $10.
E. 
Copy of a victim crime report: first copy $0; each copy thereafter: $10.
[Added 1-21-2019 by Ord. No. 747[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsections E through H as Subsections F through I, respectively.
F. 
Copy accident report: $25.
[Amended 3-15-2002]
G. 
Bad check fee: $50.
H. 
Fax charge per page: $0.50.
I. 
Copy charge per page: $0.25.
[Added 3-14-2009 by Ord. No. 651; amended 1-21-2019 by Ord. No. 747]