Commercial Express Review

Last updated Jul. 16, 2014 - 11:31 am

The Express Permitting Process is an expedited commercial plan review in which project managers, design professionals and trade plan reviewers are present and work together. This optional, face-to-face service is for applicants seeking permits following the review.

The following projects are eligible for Express Permitting:

  • New construction
  • New construction with Final Site review
  • Addition
  • Alteration
  • Interior completion (fit-up)
  • Change of use
  • Final Site review
  • Mass grading

The following project types are considered on a case-by-case basis for Express Permitting:

  • Institutional occupancies
  • Hazardous-use facilities
  • Single-family residential
  • Townhomes
  • Group housing

Prerequisites

These items must be complete and submitted at least five business days prior to the review:

  • Recorded Map approved and filed with the Department of City Planning and the Wake County Register of Deeds. This applies to right of way dedication, tree conservation areas or other requirements that are to be conveyed through a recorded map. If a recorded map is not required to meet a code requirement, a copy of the current survey in addition to the property description on file with the Wake County Register of Deeds is acceptable
  • Approved Site Plan
  • Infrastructure Construction Plans must be approved but are not required for submittal
  • NC Department of Transportation driveway or Encroachment Permits if property abuts a state road
  • Security or letter of credit in the amount of 1.25 times the cost of public improvements and applicable stormwater devices

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Flood
  • Land Disturbance
  • Neuse River Buffer
  • Stormwater Tracking
  • Watershed
  • Zoning

Key Steps in the Process

1. Contact a Scheduling Coordinator by email or call 919-996-2571; 919-996-2570 to schedule a tentative review date.

Scheduling:
Appointments may be scheduled as follows, depending on availability:

New Building, Addition, Change of Use, Alteration with Site Work

  • Monday at 9 a.m.
  • First and third Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m.
  • First Thursday of each month at 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday through Friday (except first and third Wednesday and first Thursday) at 8:30 a.m.

Alterations and Interior Completions without Site Work

  • Monday at 9 a.m.
  • Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. (except the first and third Wednesday and first Thursday)
  • First and third Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m.
  • First Thursday of each month at 10 a.m.

Grading with Site Work

  • Monday at 9 a.m.
  • Tuesday thru Friday at 8:30 a.m. (except the first and third Wednesday and first Thursday)
  • First and third Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m.
  • First Thursday of each month at 10 a.m.

Submit completed Express Review Application within two business days of scheduling the review

Applications may be faxed to 919-516-2686 or emailed to the scheduling coordinator. You will receive confirmation of the transaction number and the date and time of the review. The confirmation will instruct you to print and complete a submittal package.

2. Submit deposit to Scheduling Coordinator

A deposit equal to one hour of review time is due immediately following confirmation of Express Review date. If the deposit is not received within two business days of confirmation, the review date will be cancelled. See Fees.

3. Submit completed Permit Application and all required documentation

The Permit Application and documentation must be submitted to the scheduling coordinator at least five business days before the review. Failure to submit all documents by this deadline will result in cancellation of review and loss of all or part of deposit.

4. Arrive at or before the scheduled review time to ensure a timely review

Meeting participants must check in at the front desk of the Development Services Customer Service Center. All design professionals required to attend must be present or the review will be rescheduled and the deposit will be forfeited.

Review staff will meet before taking the plans to their workstations to begin their review. Reviewers will report back following this initial review. In some cases, the review may be conducted in the conference room.

If additional time is needed, the review will continue after a lunch break lasting from noon to 1 p.m. Reviews end at or before 4 p.m.

Submittal Requirements

TypeDescription
Required for Submittal
  • Express Review Application
  • Permit Application (doc) (pdf) including contractor information
  • Phasing plan and application for each phase if project is being phased
  • City of Raleigh Building Code Summary (doc) (pdf) on commercial plans
Required for Some Projects

Additional requirements for new building, addition, change of use, alteration with site work:

  • Two copies of the plan (signed and sealed plot plan or site plan by a registered North Carolina Surveyor)
  • Two copies of the Recorded Map
  • Two copies of the Financial Responsibility Form (doc) (pdf) if grading is part of the project
  • Two copies of proposed Suite Layout (for multi-tenant buildings)
  • Responsibility for Utility Form
  • Stormwater Express Permitting Data Form
  • Accessibility Compliance Form (doc) (pdf) for buildings that have been issued a Certificate of Occupancy
  • Demolition, tree conservation and encroachment permits, if applicable
  • Copies of all pertinent recorded legal documents

Additional requirements for alterations and interior completions (fit-ups) without site work:

Additional requirements for site review or mass grading:

Recommended for a Successful Review
  • Commercial Building Permitting Checklist (doc) (pdf)

Expected Processing Time

  • Permits are typically issued in two to five business days following the review when there are no unresolved issues.
  • Permits for projects with multiple applications are usually issued within five to ten10 business days, depending on the complexity of the project.

Fees

Building plan review or re-review with site review (new buildings and additions):

  • $1,200 for a minimum of one hour
  • $300 per additional 15-minute increment

Building plan review or re-review without site review (alterations and interior completions):

  • $800 for a minimum of one hour
  • $200 per additional 15-minute increment

Site review or re-review without building plan review (grading):

  • $800 for a minimum of one hour
  • $200 for each additional 15-minute increment

Cancellation fees:

  • If you cancel a review within five business days of the scheduled date, you forfeit your deposit. If you fail to cancel and are a no-show for the review, you forfeit your deposit and the project is eliminated from Express Review
  • If you cancel a review five or more days before it is scheduled, the cancellation fee is equal to 15 minutes of review time. The fee for a second cancellation is equal to one-half hour of review time. Upon a third cancellation, you forfeit your deposit and the project is eliminated from Express Review
  • The Development Services Customer Service Center processes payments
  • Payment types include cash, MasterCard, Visa or check made payable to the City of Raleigh

Next Steps

  • Approved plans are held at the Development Services Customer Service Center for no longer than ten business days
  • If the Express Review results in unresolved issues or excessive redlines, a re-review is necessary prior to permit issuance

- View project review comments online at the Online Development Center. Click on the Plan Review tab, enter the project transaction number and click "Submit" (The form also allows searches by address)

- Contact the Scheduling Coordinator to schedule a re-review. All follow-up reviews must continue in the Express Permitting path

- All revisions must be clouded on the plans so that changes are easily discernible. A transmittal letter listing unresolved issues and how they were corrected must be stapled to the top left corner of each set of plans. Re-review of plans without a transmittal letter and clouded revisions will be rejected. A one-hour minimum review fee will be charged and the re-review will be rescheduled, if rejected

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