Housing & Neighborhood Preservation Division

Last updated Aug. 11, 2014 - 1:49 pm

The Housing & Neighborhood Preservation Division is committed to improving and maintaining the quality of life and environment for all City of Raleigh citizens by enforcing City Codes.

The City of Raleigh's Health, Sanitation and Public Nuisance Code (Part 12 Chapters 6 and 7) requires property owners to maintain their premises in a safe and sanitary condition. These violations include high weeds, high grass, accumulation of trash or junk, junk automobiles, etc.

Our team of inspectors work with City residents to make them aware of City Codes and assist them in resolving existing code violations.

You may view code enforcement activities on specific property addresses by exploring our Public Access window.  This is also the location used by property owners to register their Rental Dwellings under the Rental Registration link.  Property Owners will be asked to set up their individual registration accounts with log in and password privacy.

Contact the Housing & Neighborhood Preservation Division by completing a Code Enforcement Request Form or by calling 919-996-2444 to report any suspected code violation.  With your help, we can ensure that the City of Raleigh continues to be a safe, more attractive place to live, work and play.

Public Nuisances

The Public Nuisance Code is enforced for ALL residential and commercial property in the City of Raleigh, including Rights-of-Way, in order to promote a healthy and sanitary environment for our citizens.

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Rental Dwelling Registration

The Rental Dwelling Registration program is enforced because it is unlawful for an owner to rent, to receive rental income from, or offer for rent, any rental residential dwelling without first registering the dwelling (Article H. Section 12-2177(a). The annual renewal fee shall be due and payable between March 1st and April 30th each year.

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Rooming Business

A rooming house (also known as a short-term residential occupancy) is any house, dwelling, building or structure, constructed originally as a single family dwelling, that now contains a type of equivalent dwelling unit consisting of five or more rooms, without cooking facilities or private baths within the rooms that are rented to the general public as a whole.

The City of Raleigh requires a property owner to

  • attend a yearly Rooming Business seminar
  • submit a yearly renewal application for a rooming business license
  • meet the requirements mandated by the Zoning Compliance Division
  • pass a Housing Division inspection to ensure conditions meet all applicable codes

prior to the issuance of the annual rooming business license. Failure to comply with these requirements and uphold the standards prescribed in Raleigh Municipal Code 12-2157 can result in civil penalties, injunctions, criminal charges or license revocation.

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Housing & Building Standards

The Minimum Housing Code is applied to residential property only in the City of Raleigh to assure its citizens a safe place to live. Existing vacant buildings on property pending development must be kept secure against unauthorized entry and present no unsafe conditions. Vacant buildings subject to Code enforcement orders are required to have all openings securely boarded against unauthorized entry and may be subject to City Code Ordinances (Chapter 10 Sections 6121-6138) requiring they be repaired or demolished. If the buildings are occupied, they are required to meet the City of Raleigh Housing Code requirements for continued habitation.

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PROP (Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit)

The Probationary Rental Occupancy Permit ordinance applies to all residential rental property only throughout the City of Raleigh and is intended to decrease the number of repeat code offenses on properties not occupied by their owners.

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Contact Information

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. (excluding all scheduled holidays)

Location: One Exchange Plaza, Suite 504, Raleigh, NC 27601

Mailing Address: PO Box 590 Raleigh, NC 27602

Telephone Numbers: Main line number for the H/NP Division 919-996-2444.

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