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How To Finish An Enclosed Space

Last updated Jul. 12, 2018 - 7:50 am

Before you start construction to finish an enclosed space in your home, you must obtain the proper permits from the City of Raleigh. Permits are required whether you are doing the work yourself or employing a contractor.

The work also must pass inspection to ensure that the project complies with all applicable construction codes.

Feel free to contact a plans examiner at 919-996-2500 with any questions you may have regarding your project, permits, or the application process.

Are There Any Prerequisites for this Type of Project?

A Certificate of Appropriateness may be needed if the structure is in a historic district or designated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.

What Permits Do You Need?

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing

What Are the Submittal Requirements?

For same day processing, submit a City of Raleigh Permit Application listed below by 3:30 p.m. to the Litchford Road Satellite Office. Permit applications can be found at the top of the Forms Directory in the "Most Popular Selections" box.

Application documents may also be submitted to the Development Services Customer Service Center, One Exchange Plaza, Raleigh, Suite 400 in Downtown Raleigh.

How To Schedule an Inspection

  1. Call 919-996-2500 for staff assistance;
  2. Use automated voice response system at 919-857-4412;
  3. Visit the Customer Service Center or Litchford Satellite Office, referenced in the submittal requirements section.

Please have the permit number and project address when scheduling an inspection.

To keep a permit active, at least one inspection must be scheduled within six months of permit issuance.

An inspection scheduled out of sequence may result in the inspection being rejected and a reinspection fee charged.

When a final inspection is scheduled, any pending inspections for that permit number will automatically be scheduled for the same date.

See our field inspections sequencing page for more information about inspections.

How To Schedule a Reinspection

A code violation may result in an inspection status of "rejection." Check out the Top 10 Inspection Rejection reasons listed by trade. After the code violation is corrected, you may schedule a reinspection.

You need to pay your reinspection fee before scheduling a reinspection. The fee can be paid at the Development Services Customer Service Center, the Litchford Road Satellite Office, or by calling 919-996-2500 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please have the permit number, project address, and credit card information available when you call.

What is the Expected Processing Time?

  • A permit for a project that qualifies for Same Day Permitting submitted by 3:30 pm.
  • Construction inspections are generally conducted the next business day after they are scheduled, unless requested otherwise.
  • Reinspections will automatically be scheduled for the next business day after the payment has been processed, unless otherwise requested.

Are There Fees Associated with this Type of Project?

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