How To Finish An Enclosed Space

Last updated Nov. 28, 2018 - 3:20 pm

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. Below is a helpful step by step process for enclosing a space on your home. 

You can always contact Development Services Staff at 919-996-2500 or with any questions you may have regarding your project, permits, or the application process.

Step One | Is This a Historical Property

If the structure is in a historic district or designated as an historic landmark, you may need Certificate of Appropriateness before proceeding with this project.

Step Two | Complete Your Application

Complete the Residential Permit Application to obtain your building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits.

Step Three | Submit Your Application

For same day processing, submit your Residential Permit Application (in person) to our Litchford Road Satellite Office, located at 8320 Litchford Road, Suite 130 in North Raleigh. Learn more about the requirements and processing time for a same day permit by clicking here.

You may also submit your application (in person) to the Development Services Customer Service Center located on the 4th floor of One Exchange Plaza in Downtown Raleigh.

Step Four | Schedule an Inspection

To schedule an inspection, please call 919-996-2500 for staff assistance, or visit either of the locations mentioned in Step Three. Please have the permit number and project address when scheduling an inspection. In order to keep your permit active, at least one inspection must be scheduled within six months of permit issuance. Construction inspections are generally conducted the following business day after they are schedule, unless otherwise requested.

Please note, 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.

Step Five | Schedule a Reinspection (if necessary)

It is possible that during an inspection, a code violation may be discovered. If this happens, the inspection will result in a rejection and the violation will need to be corrected. After the correction is made, you may schedule a reinspection.

You are required to pay your reinspection fee before scheduling a reinspection. The fee can be paid in person at either of the locations mentioned above, 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. Reinspections will be automatically scheduled for the next business day after the payment has been processed unless otherwise requested.

Fee Information

The City of Raleigh Development Fee Schedule is available online for information regarding specific fees. Fees can be paid at either of our locations using cash, Mastercard, Visa, or check may payable to the City of Raleigh.

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