Preliminary Subdivision Plans

Last updated Nov. 03, 2014 - 8:45 am

The preliminary subdivision plan approval process is a review of subdivisions by the City staff to ensure conformance with the regulations related to lot layout, extension of public infrastructure, such as roads and utilities, as the City grows and property is subdivided.

The Department of City Planning administratively reviews subdivision plans per City Code Part 10 Chapter 3, or under the Unified Development Ordinance per Section 10.2.5 for conformance to lot size and dimensions and for access for utility lines, services and streets, depending on the zoning district.

Most subdivisions are approved administratively without review or approval by public boards or commissions, unless considered Infill per Section 10-3032 of Part 10, which requires a public hearing by the Planning Commission.


Approvals or Permits Issued

Letter of decision signed by the City of Raleigh planning director.

Key Steps in the Process

  1. Schedule a Pre-Application Conference by filling out the Pre-Application Conference form and email the form to the appropriate staff member listed on the form.
  2. The applicant submits the plan to the Development Services Customer Service Center.
  3. The Development Services Customer Service Center routes the plan to the Department of City Planning, where a coordinating planner is assigned to manage the review by a team of staff. Members of the team have expertise in planning, transportation, zoning, zoning enforcement, urban design, comprehensive planning, transit, stormwater, utilities, fire, forestry and greenways. The team reviews the plans in accordance with applicable codes, depending on the zoning district, either Part 10 Chapter 3 or the Unified Development Ordinance, as well as the policies, procedures and regulations in the Comprehensive Plan, Public Utilities Handbook, Street Design Manual, Stormwater Manual and the Solid Waste Handbook.
  4. The coordinating planner emails review comments to the applicant, designer or project coordinator and property owner.
  5. The applicant addresses each staff comment in writing and submits a revised plan for review.
  6. The coordinating planner prepares a staff report for final review by the Planning Director.
  7. The applicant receives a letter of decision, which provides the official action on the preliminary subdivision plan and any conditions of approval, at which time a 20 day appeal period begins. During this appeal period, ICPS and preliminary plats may be submitted for review; however, they cannot be approved until the appeal period expires. An applicant may not obtain permits or record a plat until the Department of City Planning has issued an approval letter and the applicant has met all conditions of approval.
  8. After an applicant receives approval, preliminary plats may be prepared for staff review and where new addresses are established, and the property is ready for next steps.

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal
Required for Some Projects
Recommended for a Successful Review

Expected Processing Time

The overall administrative approval process takes approximately 10 to 12 weeks, which includes on the average two to three review cycles and a response time of one week by the applicant. Each review cycle takes ten (10) business days.


Next Steps

Submit application for infrastructure or final site review individually or as a concurrent review.

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