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Welcome to the Kent County Levy Court Homepage! 

Directory of Contacts


Ken Decker, County Administrator

Phone: 302-744-2305

Kent County Levy Court Administration consists of the County Administrator's Office, Economic Development Office, Information Technology Office, Personnel Office, and Facilities Managment Division. These offices support the seven elected Levy Court Commissioners as well as other County departments and elected County offices by administering all County functions relating to employees and infrastructure.

The Administration is headed by the County Administrator who is the chief appointed officer of the County. His duties include advising Levy Court Commissioners on issues affecting Kent County and managing the day to day operations of county government. The County Administrator supervises all appointed department managers, provides direct oversight for the Information Technology, Economic Development, and Personnel offices, and coordinates the activities of all departments on behalf of Levy Court.

The Department of Administration provides for the security and general maintenance of all County buildings.

Kent County Codes & Policies


For Media Contacts

For Media Inquires call: 302-744-2304

How to Request Kent County Government Records

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), is a law that gives a person the right to access information from governmental agencies. FOIA provides that any person has the right to obtain access to federal agency records, except for those which are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.

To request a FOIA from Kent County Levy Court, complete the Request for Public Records form provided on our website and either mail it to: Kent County Levy Court, Attn: Kelly Pitts, Public Information Officer, 555 Bay Road, Dover, Delaware 19901 or fax it to 302-736-2279. Additionally, FOIA request can be emailed to:

Please be sure to check the rest of the website for readily available information before placing your request. 

 FIOA Request Form(PDF, 847KB)  

Clerk of Peace Office (Marriages & Civil Unions)

Phone: 302-744-2346

The Clerk of the Peace witnesses County documents; attends all formal Levy Court Meetings; records all acts as custodian for the Minutes of the Levy Court Meetings; advertises and posts County ordinances; countersigns warrants drawn on County funds. Issues marriage licenses; and performs marriage ceremonies.

(** Licenses are issued between the hours of 8:00am - 4:15pm M-F)


Applying for a Marriage License 

Both parties must appear together Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

A translator is required if one of the parties does not speak English.  The translator must have proper identification and must be at least 18 years of age.

Residency/Waiting - Residents and non-residents must apply for a license 24 hours prior to the time of the ceremony.

• Validity - The Delaware license is only valid for 30 days from date of issue.  The ceremony must be in the State of Delaware.

A valid DMV issued ID/Driver’s license, Passport, Military ID (Active Military Duty) is required.  ID must include date of birth.  Proof of address is required.  To verify the authenticity of an applicant’s identification, the office of the Clerk of the Peace may also require additional documentation such as a birth certificate or social security card.

The current name on your valid identification will be the name used for your marriage license. You will be asked to provide your parent’s birth names, place of residency and birth so please have this information prior to applying.

• Divorced/Annulled/Widowed - All parties must produce an original or certified final decree of divorce/annulment or a certified death certificate. These will be returned at application.  A certified translation must be presented with original or certified documents that are not in English.  You will need to know the dates of your previous marriage and where it took place.  If an applicant has been divorced or dissolved a legal partnership and taken back their former name, they must bring the original or certified copy of the name change court documents. No photocopies accepted.

• On Probation or Parole? An original letter of permission from the Probation Officer is required before a license will be issued.

• Minors - All applicants must be 18 years of age. Minors must petition Family Court for authorization to marry.

• License Fee - The cost of a Delaware Marriage License is $70 for residents/$120 non-residents (Cash Only). Additional fee for ceremonies performed by the Clerk of the Peace office is $50 for residents/$100 non-residents (Cash Only).

*Couples getting married in Kent County are encouraged to make certain that the person performing their wedding ceremony is authorized to do so. 

Please allow 15-20 minutes for the marriage application process.

Apply for Marriage License Online

Order Certified Copies Online

Dept. of Finance, Taxes & Assessments

Department of Finance

(302) 744-2386Fax: (302) 736-2270

The Department of Finance keeps the financial records for all County funds, prepares reports and financial statements, manages County investments, and administers assessment functions relating to real property and improvements.


Current Budget (7/1/2023 - 6/30/2024)(PDF, 5MB)

Annual Comprehensive Financial Report - Year Ending 06/30/2022.(PDF, 2MB)


For sewer billing questions call 302-744-2391


Tax Office

(302) 744-2341


Tax Rates Chart 2023-2024(PDF, 95KB)


Pay Your Tax or Sewer Bill Online!


The Tax Office is responsible for the collections and distribution of County, school, library and ditch taxes, trash, streetlights and sewer fees. The office issues mobile home certification letters, administers the State of Delaware Senior Tax Credit Program for Kent County, and provides assistance to the community's legal representatives and title searchers.



Assessment Office

(302) 744-2401Fax: (302) 736-2271


The Assessment Office's primary responsibility is to assess all taxable parcels of real estate in Kent County.

Assessment Quick Links 
State of Delaware Programs



Dept of Planning & Building Permits

Phone: 302-744-2451

Kent County Online Mapping

Kent County Permit Application

Listed below are the types of permits required in the jurisdiction of Kent County.  Please contact our office, if your project is not listed below.

Accessory Structures 

  • Sheds- Pre-Built & Site Built greater than 300 square feet (permit required for any size shed when located in Flood Plain)
  • Gazebos & pergolas greater than 300 square feet (unless built on a deck)
  • Playhouses greater than 300 square feet
  • Detached Structures (Garages & Pole Buildings)
  • Agricultural Buildings
  • Greenhouses
  • Pools - (Above Ground & Inground), Hot Tubs, & Spas
  • Dog Kennels
  • Hot tubs
  • Solar Panels Installations - Ground & Structure mounted
  • Retaining Walls over four (4) feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall

Additions & Renovations

  • Additions
  • Decks larger than 16 square feet
  • Gas Fireplaces, Inserts, Coal, and Pellet Stoves
  • Siding
  • Roofing (when replacing more than 25% of the roof sheathing or when changing the roof material.   Example:  Asphalt Shingles to Metal Roof)
  • Structural & Interior Renovations
  • Finished Bonus Room
  • Finished Basements
  • Elevated Patios


  • Commercial structures
  • Business Certificate of Occupancies
  • Commercial Fit-outs
  • Temporary Activities

Manufactured Homes

  • Placements
  • Replacements
  • Removals
  • Retirements

Single Family Dwellings 


  • Greater than seven (7) feet in height unless having to meet pool barrier requirements, State of Delaware requirements for daycares, or required by Kent County Planning Services Department as part of an approved Subdivision. (ANY fence height must abide by Planning & Zoning setbacks)


  • Demolition of structures (needed to remove existing structures from the tax rolls) 


Manufactured Housing Information

he mission of the Manufactured Housing Program is to meet the needs of the citizens of Kent County by providing services relating to manufactured housing. The program also carries out demolitions of unsafe, unsightly manufactured homes and in doing so; helps to beautify the landscape of the County.

Community Development Block Grant

Kent County Building Contractor Application(PDF, 423KB)

Waiting List Referral Form(PDF, 268KB)


Dept. of Planning Inspections & Enforcement

Phone: 302-744-2445

Kent County Property Complaints

The mission of the Inspections and Enforcement Division is to ensure the quality of life for the citizens of Kent County through the enforcement of all County and State mandated codes to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.


Dept. of Public Works


The Department of Public Works is responsible for Wastewater Management, Trash and Garbage services for greater Kent County. 

For sewer emergencies call 302-363-4537, 24/7. 

For trash issues, to report a faulty streetlight, or streetlight outage call 302-744-2430.

For sewer billing questions call 302-744-2391.


Holiday Trash Schedule(PDF, 106KB)

2024 Holiday Trash Schedule(PDF, 147KB)

2023 Christmas Tree Pickup Schedule(PDF, 445KB)

County trash services delayed one day for the following holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day (two-day delay), Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Trash Guidelines(PDF, 964KB)


Dept. of Public Safety

Phone: 302-735-2200

The Department of Public Safety consists of the Division of Emergency Communications, the Division of Emergency Management, and the Division of Emergency Medical Services.

Fire/EMS Non-Emergency: (302) 734-6040 

Delaware State Police Non-Emergency: (302) 739-4863

To arrange EMS coverage or request a Patient Care Chart: (302) 735-2180

For Emergency Management or other public safety inquiries: (302) 735-2200


Information Technology Office

Phone : 302-744-2365

Kent County Information Technology Office provides Kent County Government, the business community and citizens with technology strategy that is secure and in tune with the growth and demand places upon placed upon the county. This includes reliable communications and computer infrastructure foundation on which to conduct business, provide convenient access to appropriate information, be current with emerging information technologies, and deliver quality response and technological solutions. 

For the Kent County Levy Court Authorized Policy for Computer Systems and communications, see provisions of the Kent County Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy found at: 

Kent County Levy Court Policy Manual

Document Type: Acceptable Use

Policy Type: County Computers and devices, telephone and Social Media Use Policy

Title 10; Policy 4 County Facilities & Equipment (PDF, 3MB)

Part III; Kent County Code 4:9 - 4.13.1(PDF, 3MB)
County Code Effective 08-01-03; Expiration None

Approved By: Kent County Levy Court Commissioners

Kent County Parks & Recreation


1683 New Burton Road, Dover, DE 19904

Kent County Parks and Recreation is a division of the Community Services Department of Kent County Levy Court.

Register Online for 2023 Activities and Programs

How to use the Kent County Recreation Center


A valid "Drop-In Punch Card" is required to participate in any Drop-In program at the Kent County Recreation Center. Punch Cards can be purchased at the Rec Center office Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM using CASH, or CREDIT CARD. Cards may also be purchased after 5 PM weekdays, and on weekends, with the following restrictions: Limit of 2 per purchasers, CASH ONLY transaction (no bills greater than $20 will be accepted). Cards are $20 each and are good for 10 individual sessions of any drop-in program. A registration form must be filled out with EACH purchase.


Community recreation programming is available for pre-registration on a daily basis. These programs are advertised in the quarterly brochure sent out by Kent County Levy Court. Pre-registration can be made in the office Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM using cash, check, or credit card. Please register online through CivicRec.

Kent County Parks Map(PDF, 1MB)


Kent County Public Library

Phone: 302-744-1919

497 South Red Haven Lane, Dover, DE 19901

Kent County Public Library's hours of operation are weekdays, 9 am-8 pm, and weekends 1 pm-5 pm.


Events at the Library

Delaware Libraries Calendar of Events

Kent County Public Library November 2023 Calendar of Events(PDF, 198KB)

Kent County Public Library December 2023 Calendar of Events(PDF, 398KB)


Check our Facebook page for more information! 

Register for Library Programs



Kent County Mobile Library Schedule through December 2023.

The Kent County Division of Libraries operates the only mobile library in Kent County. In addition to books and audio/visual material, you can also pick-up items placed on hold, return library materials, sign up for programs, get a library cards, use a public access laptop, enjoy limited printing services, and or take advantage of our free public wi-fi hotspot.

8:30 am-10:00 am 1st State Military Academy
10:30 am-11:30 am Cheswold fire Hall
1:00 pm-2:00 pm DAFB Playground
2:30 pm-4:30 pm DE Veterans Home
9:30 am-11:00 am Hartly Fire Hall
11:30 am-12:30 pm Bylers (Route 8)
2:00 pm-3:00 pm Felton Fire Hall
3:30 pm-4:30 pm Frederica Fire Hall
9:30 am-11:00 am Academy Charter School
11:30 am-12:30 pm Modern Maturity Center
2:00 pm-3:00 pm Kent County Admin Building
3:30 pm-4:30 pm Spring Meadow
9:30 am-11:30 am Calvary Christian Academy
12:00 pm-1:30 pm Westminster Village
3:00 pm-4:30 pm Tres Sorelle (Wyoming)

The Library and Mobile Library will be closed November 10th & 11th, and the week of Thanksgiving.


 Kent County Public Library is thrilled to offer our users several online services:

  • HelpNow is on demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning. Features include Homework Help, Skills-Building, Personalized eLearning Tools, 24-Hour Writing Lab, Homework Send Question, Adult Learning Center, and Foreign Language Lab. All services offered in English are also available in Spanish.

  • JobNow provides live online job coaching every day from 2-11 pm EST. Receive live job coaching, real-time interview practice, full-service resume lab, and 24/7 access to local job resources. Other features include resume assistance, skills-building, and Spanish-speaking support.

  • VetNow connects users with an expert to learn more about eligible VA benefits and community resources. Interact with a live, real-time Veteran Navigator for job coaching, resume assistance, tutoring and testing support, career resources, skills-building and Spanish-speaking support.

  • Mango Languages:  Use your Kent County Library Card barcode number + PIN to get started learning a foreign language -- FREE!


Delaware Libraries Online Catalog Search

Recorder of Deeds


The mission of the recorder of Deeds is to serve the people of Kent County by promptly and correctly recording and indexing property documents, courteously responding to requests for information, and collecting and accounting for appropriate fees and taxes. The Recorder of Deeds uses property records industry best practices to make property transactions faster, safer, and more convenient for everyone.


Kent County Deeds Records Search

Property Transaction Alerts


Standards for Recording Deeds (forms download)(ZIP, 3MB)


Register of Wills

Phone: 302-744-2330

The Register of Wills Office records wills after death and other documents pertaining to estate matters in Kent County, Delaware. The Office is responsible for overseeing the appointments of personal representatives and for administering estate proceedings. This office is also held accountable for making sure that the estate is in compliance with the Delaware law and Kent County policies. All estate matters are maintained as permanent records.





Appointments are necessary to open an estate, and to close the estate. You may call (302) 744-2330 to schedule an appointment.


For Estate openings - you will need to bring with you:

  • Original Will; if one exists
  • Original Death Certificate
  • List of assets solely owned by decedent with estimated values as of date of death.
  • estimated value of Real Estate solely owned by decedent as of date of death.
  • list of decedent's next of kin stating their full name, relationship and address including zip code.


Sheriff's Office

Phone: 302-736-2161

The function of the Sheriff's Office is to service the Citizens of Kent County by performing many functions for the State of Delaware Courts (Superior Court, Court of Common Pleas, U.S. District Court and the Court of Chancery). The Sheriff's Office serves legal notices to include (subpoenas, levies, summons, etc.) Additionally, the Sheriff's Office auctions real estate in accordance with the Delaware Code.


Sheriff Sales

All sales are held in the Kent County Levy Court Chamber - Room 203.

Sheriff Sales Procedures(PDF, 913KB)

The Commission rate for Sheriff Sales is 4% with a minimum cap of $500 and a maximum cap of $10,000.


Sheriff Sales Listings

Foreclosure Sales

The next foreclosure sale is on December 7th at 10 am at the Kent County Levy Court Chambers. 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Delaware, 19901.

Monition Sales

The next monition sale is scheduled for January 30th at 10 am at the Kent County Levy Court Chambers. 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Delaware, 19901.



 at Kent County Levy Court, 555 S. Bay Road, Dover, Delaware 19901.


Other Services

Project Rightful Owner Unclaimed Sheriff's Sale Excess Proceeds





Keep up to date with Kent County Happenings!