Things to Know

Here are just a few things to know about our town, Lewes, Delaware, to make your stay more pleasant:

Lewes City Hall

City Hall is located on E. Third street, and is open Monday thru Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Public Restroom Facilities

  • Zwaanendael Park: Open year-round 24 hours a day.
  • Mary Vessels Park: Weather permitting open year-round, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Beach #1 and #2: Open 7:00 a.m. - dusk, Memorial day thru Labor Day

Noise

Any unreasonable, loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise being detrimental to the life or health of any individual or contrary to the public welfare, especially between the normal sleeping hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., is prohibited.

Delaware’s Clean Air Act

Smoking is prohibited in any indoor enclosed area to which the public is invited or in which the general public is permitted including workplaces.

Parking

It shall be unlawful for any person to park, stand, or store any boat, trailer, commercial vehicle, recreational vehicle or trailer on any street located within a residential district, unless loading or unloading of such vehicle.

Parking meters in the historic business district and in the 1812 Municipal Parking Lot operate from May 1 through October 14 annually. Parking in the business district is limited to a three-hour maximum from October 15 through April 30 annually. Parking in the 1812 Municipal Parking Lot is limited to a three-hour maximum from May 1 – October 14. From October 15 – April 30, parking in the 1812 Parking Lot is limited to three hours on the canal side of the lot. Thirty-minute parking signage is enforced year-round. The Lewes Beach parking meters at Beach One and Beach Two operate from May 1 through September 30 annually, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Bicycles

No person shall ride any bike over or upon any sidewalk within the City of Lewes, except when going to or coming from a street upon which a bicycle may be lawfully operated.

Beach Rules

  • It shall be unlawful for any person to be on Lewes Beach (from Roosevelt Inlet to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal) between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m.
  • Sleeping: It shall be unlawful to sleep, lie, loiter on, occupy as sleeping quarters or be under the guise or pretending to sleep on any part of the public beaches within the corporate limits of the city between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
  • Fires: No open burning
  • Alcohol: None allowed
  • Permits: Required for activities on the beach
  • Dogs: No dogs are allowed on any beach strand between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. any day between May 1st and September 30th.
  • Horses: It shall be unlawful for any person to ride, walk or exercise a horse upon any public beach located within the corporate limits of the city from April 1st thru September 30th.
  • Fishing: It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to fish or permit or cause any person, firm or corporation to fish in that area of Lewes Beach extending from the eastern boundary of the development known as Pilot Point to 340 feet eastward of the westerlymost boundary line of the property of Lewes Yacht Club and for a distance offshore of 300 feet from the mean low water line from 10:00 a.m., prevailing time, until 5:00 p.m., prevailing time, on the same day from May 1 to September 15, both dates inclusive, of each year. Personal Watercraft: It shall be unlawful for any person to operate personal watercraft within a distance of 300 feet of any beach strand within the City of Lewes.

Boat Docks

It shall be unlawful for any person to dock, tie up, or berth any boat owned or operated by such person at any dock, pier, or wharf owned or operated by the City of Lewes without paying to the City of Lewes a document fee of $2 per linear foot of the overall length of the vessel for each twenty-four-hour time period or part thereof that the boat of such person is docked, tied up, or berthed at any dock, pier, or wharf owned or operated by the City of Lewes. Short stays of up to three hours are $10 per hour.

A. No boat shall be docked, tied up, or berthed at any dock, pier, or wharf owned or operated by the City of Lewes in excess of seven consecutive days.

B. No commercial vessel shall be docked, tied up, or berthed at any dock, pier, or wharf owned or operated by the City of Lewes between April 15 and October 15, both dates inclusive, of any year.

Marina

The marina at Canalfront Park includes transient slips and slips for Lewes residents/property owners chosen by a lottery. Reservations for up to seven days may be made by phone (302-644-1869), in person Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Net House (211 Front Street) or online – click forms, then Canalfront Park Marina agreement. Contact the City Manager for updated information at 302-645-7777.

Dogs

The owner or the person in control of a dog shall keep the dog under leash, and shall carry and use a bag or other device to pick up and remove from property any excrement which said dog shall drop.

Cats

Please report feral cats to the following organizations:

  • Lewes Historical Cat Society | (302) 645-1575
  • Marietta Virden Animal Foundation | (302) 645-1732

Rollerskates / Skateboards / Rollerblades

A. Persons under twelve (12) years of age may use or employ rollerskates, rollerblades/inline skates, skateboards, or similar devices on any sidewalk within the City of Lewes. No person twelve (12) years of age or older shall use rollerskates, rollerblades/inline skates, skateboards, or similar devices on any sidewalk within the City of Lewes except the sidewalk on the east side of the Savannah Road drawbridge.

B. On any sidewalk where persons are using or employing rollerskates, rollerblades/inline skates, skateboards, or similar devices, such persons shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

C. No person shall use rollerskates, rollerblades/inline skates, skateboards, or similar devices within the areas of any City Parks, except George H. P. Smith Park.

D. Persons using or employing rollerskates, rollerblades/inline skates, skateboards, or similar devices shall conduct their activity as far to the right of the traffic lane as possible, in a single file and flowing with traffic.

E. Any persons employing rollerskates, rollerblades/inline skates, skateboards, or similar devices shall follow the rules of the road established for bicycles pursuant to Title 21 of the Delaware Code.

F. No person shall use rollerskates, rollerblades/inline skates, skateboards, or similar devices on any ramps, jumps, or other devices to perform stunts upon any public sidewalk, parking lot, or in the restricted public parks.

G. No person shall use rollerskates, rollerblades/inline skates, skateboards, or similar devices so as to injure public or private property.

H. No person using rollerskates, rollerblades/inline skates, skateboards, or similar devices shall attach himself or herself to any moving motor vehicle upon any street, parking lot, or public right-of-way.

I. Any person using rollerskates, rollerblades/inline skates, skateboards, or similar devices between sunset and sunrise shall wear reflective markings or material of sufficient reflectivity to be visible from both sides from six hundred (600) feet when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head-lamps on a motor vehicle.

Garbage Collection

Household garbage collection is offered to residents of the City of Lewes. Garbage is collected once a week, October through May. Twice-a-week garbage collection begins the first full week in June through September. Bulk trash collection is the fourth Wednesday of each summer month (June-July-August-September) and the fourth Wednesday of every other month (November through May).

Recycling Igloos

Recycling igloos are located on American Legion Road. For additional information, or questions, please contact City Hall at 645-7777.

Contact Chamber

Phone 302-645-8073
Toll-Free 877-465-3937

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Chamber Hours of Operation

Year Round
M-F 10am - 4pm
Memorial Day thru Sept. 30th
Saturday 9am - 3pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm