Sussex County Government Operations Coronavirus Updates

Sussex County Coronavirus Updates

All County government facilities are closed to public access until further notice.

In an effort to allow document and permit processing, the public will be allowed strict limited entry only to the lobby of the County Administrative Offices building, located at 2 The Circle in Georgetown, during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) to drop off documents to be processed by County staff. In-person contact with employees in their respective offices will be prohibited. The public is asked to please plan accordingly.

Every effort should be made to electronically submit documents. Please see department information below on digital submissions.

For those individuals dropping off documents, all submissions shall include an intake form. Please fill out, print, and include with your submission when dropping off documents.

All necessary payments will be processed by credit card or checks; no cash will be accepted. Credit card fees are waived.

Advisory Committee on Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities

Sussex County C.A.R.E.S conference May 8 canceled

Assessment (updated 5/1/20)

Per the Governor's Fourteenth Modification to Emergency Declaration, the deadline for the 2020 Application for the State 65 Tax Credit has been extended to June 1. The application deadline for Sussex County's Exemption for Residents Over 65 has also been extended to June 1.

Inquiries related to the State 65 Tax Credit, tax releases, mobile home class C letters, etc., are still being processed by staff. Please call the Assessment office at (302) 855-7824.

Building Code/Inspections

No changes at this time. For more information, or to schedule an inspection, please visit the Building Code homepage.

Building Permits (updated 5/6/20)

The Building Permits counter is closed.

Building Permits for dwellings, commercial, and large projects must be submitted at the drop-off box available in the County Administrative Offices building lobby, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Drop-offs will be received 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All other building permit requests will be processed electronically at

Staff will make contact with any questions or upon completion of your application and when your permit is ready for pick up.

For additional information or questions,, please call (302) 855-7720 or email


For code violations or complaints, please email your information with the complaint information to either or If more information is needed, you will be contacted by email or by phone.

Economic Development

For information to help business owners navigate through the current COVID-19 environment, please visit the Economic Development website.

Engineering (Utility Construction, Utility Permits, and Public Works)

For customers who need to submit physical copies of plans and permits, a drop-off box is available in the County Administrative Offices building lobby, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Drop-offs will be received 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, please call (302) 855-7718.


All County Libraries are closed until further notice.

Sussex County libraries announce free WiFi 'hotspot' service for public at all locations

Marriage Bureau (updated 4/24/20)

The Marriage Bureau office is currently closed. Certified copy requests via email or Go Certificate can be processed. If you are in need of a marrriage license and have online capabilities (i.e. scanning, printing, and ZOOM), please call (302) 853-1717 to speak with our staff about making an appointment to obtain a marriage license pursuant to the Governor's State of Emergency modification. Please call or email if you would like to be put on the call back list for a license/ceremony officiated by our office as soon as we are open to the public again. Please continue to mail all marriage certificates to the office after your wedding. You can call (please be sure to leave a message) or email at any time to get a status update.

Planning and Zoning Office (updated 5/26/20)

Restaurants seeking to expand outdoor seating per Governor Carney's Order, please submit an application.

For customers who need to submit physical copies of plans, a drop-off box is available in the County Administrative Offices building lobby, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Drop-offs will be received 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For Planning & Zoning questions, please call (302) 855-7878 or email

Recorder of Deeds

The Recorder of Deeds counter is closed. For customers who need to record documents, a drop-off box is available in the County Administrative Offices building lobby, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Drop-offs will be received 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Copies of documents can be obtained through the Online Deeds website. E-recording is available by contacting the following vendors:

Simplifile: 1-800-460-5657
CSC: 1-86-652-0111

E-filing is strongly encouraged. All document types are accepted except plots. Staff is e-filing during normal business hours.

Requests for copies of documents or general information questions can be submitted to, or by leaving a voice mail at (302) 855-7785. For the quickest response, it is advised to use the email address provided.

Register of Wills

The Register of Wills office is closed. Customers who need documents, please call (302) 855-7875 or email Further information can be found on the Register of Wills homepage.

Sheriff's Office (updated 5/19/20)

The April 21, May 19, June 16, and July 21 Sheriff Sales will not be held. Any previous or current sale that has been received through June 30, 2020 will be on the August 18, 2020 sale. Per Governor John Carney's modification to the State of Emergency declaration, residential foreclosures and evictions are suspended during the outbreak of coronavirus. The order will remain in effect until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated.


For questions or comments about the County's modified operation related to COVID-19, please use this form.


Sussex County Community Testing (added 4/30/20)

Each of the health care systems in Sussex County are participating in this community testing effort. There will be bilingual staff on site.
Times and locations of initially scheduled community testing sites

Internet Connectivity Resources


If you are sick or have traveled domestically or internationally within the past 14 days, or if you have been exposed to anyone fitting those criteria, PLEASE DO NOT VISIT County facilities. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of illness WILL BE DENIED ENTRY. These steps are necessary to safeguard the health and well-being of our staff and the general public.

Delawareans with questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Delaware Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or 711 for people who are hearing impaired from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to