Last updated Aug. 22, 2018 - 2:34 pm

If you are planning to add a fence to your yard, you must first obtain permits from the City before beginning construction. Once permitted and construction is underway, the project must be inspected by the city.

The city requires permits and inspections to ensure that construction projects comply with building codes. With regard to fences, this ensures safe and quality construction, which in turn protects property values.

It can be a costly mistake to add a fence without securing permits and undergoing the proper inspections. For example, if you sell your home without a properly permitted fence, you will be required to get permits and inspections before closing on the home. This may require finished work to be torn out so that the rough-in and framing can be properly inspected.


If the fence will be placed on property that is in a historic district, or is designated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark, then a Certificate of Appropriateness shall be required.

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal

Expected Processing Time

Permits will be issued the next business day for applications submitted by 4 p.m., and within two business days for applications submitted after 4 p.m.

If a problem surfaces during the intake or review, permit issuance may be delayed until the issue is resolved. Customers will receive comments via email whenever such issues arise. Plans must be resubmitted after comments are received and corrected.


Permit fees are due when permits are issued. For current fees, see the Development Fee Schedule.

Fees are paid at the Development Services Customer Service Center, located at One Exchange Plaza, Suite 400, Raleigh, NC 27602.

Acceptable forms of payment include cash, check made payable to the City of Raleigh, Visa, or Mastercard.

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