Title 5 Banking
700 Corporation Law for State Banks and Trust Companies
708 Establishment of a Branch Office by a Bank or Trust Company
5 Del.C. §770(a)
Formerly Regulation No.: 5.770.0009
Effective Date: January 12, 1998
1.1 This regulation establishes procedures for the filing of an application to establish a branch office of a bank or trust company pursuant to Section 770(a) of Title 5 of the Delaware Code and states the manner in which the State Bank Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) will review and act upon such applications. An application to establish a mobile branch office pursuant to Section 770(c) of Title 5 is covered separately under Regulation No. 714.
2.1 An application pursuant to Section 770(a) of Title 5 of the Delaware Code shall be in writing; shall be submitted on such forms the Commissioner may designate from time-to-time for that purpose, and shall include the following:
2.1.1 Name of applying bank or trust company.
2.1.2 Location of proposed branch, including address.
2.1.3 Explanation of the necessity for the opening of the branch office.
2.1.4 Name, address and phone number of the person(s) to whom inquiries may be directed.
2.2 The Commissioner may designate portions of the application as non-public and confidential.
2.3 The Commissioner will not deem any application to be filed until the Commissioner has determined that all of the information and documents required by the application have been provided, that the application has been properly executed, and that all fees have been paid.
3.1 The application shall be accompanied by a non-refundable investigation fee of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00). Checks shall be made payable to the Office of the State Bank Commissioner.
4.1 Upon notification by the Commissioner that the application conforms to the requirements for applications pursuant to Section 770(a) of Title 5 of the Delaware Code and this regulation, the applicant shall cause a single notice of such application to be published in at least two Delaware newspapers of general circulation. The notice shall provide a brief synopsis of the application and state that interested persons may present their views in writing to the Office of the State Bank Commissioner, and shall be in a form to be approved by the Commissioner before publication.
5.0 Additional Information, Investigation and Hearing
5.1 In addition to the documents filed in accordance with this regulation, the Commissioner has discretion to require additional information, conduct an investigation, or hold a public hearing in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 101 of Title 29 of the Delaware Code.
6.1 No earlier than 20 days after publication of the Notice described in section 4 of this regulation, the Commissioner shall issue a written Order approving or disapproving the application. In determining whether to approve the application, the Commissioner shall consider the convenience of the public of this State, and whether there is good and sufficient reason that the bank or trust company should have the branch office.
7.0 Certificate of Authority
7.1 A Certificate of Authority shall be issued by the Commissioner for each approved branch office.
8.0 Time to Open Approved Branch Office
8.1 Branch offices approved in accordance with Section 770(a) of Title 5 of the Delaware Code and this regulation shall open within one year of the date when the Commissioner issues the Certificate of Authority. The Commissioner may upon review of the application for such branch office extend the initial opening date to a date greater than one year upon a determination that the proposed completion date will exceed one year. In no instance shall the initial opening date exceed the planned completion date by ninety (90) days. Any Certificate of Authority issued by the Commissioner shall be void and of no effect at the expiration of the initial opening date prescribed on approval of the branch office unless that office is actually opened for business. Unavoidable delay in opening the branch office due to construction problems or other matters beyond the control of the bank or trust company may be taken into consideration and the Commissioner may extend the Certificate of Authority for periods of six months in the event of such circumstances.
1 DE Reg. 866 (01/01/98)
8 DE Reg. 472 (09/01/04)