Screened In Porch, Deck or Balcony

Last updated May 23, 2017 - 9:36 am

If you are planning to add a screened porch, deck or balcony to your home, you must obtain the proper permits before you start construction. The project also must be inspected by the City after you start construction.

The City requires permits and conducts inspections to make sure construction projects comply with building codes. This ensures the safety and quality of the work and protects your and your neighbors’ property values.

It can be a costly mistake to add a screened porch, deck or balcony without obtaining permits and inspections. If you sell your house, you will be required to get permits and inspections before closing on the sale. This may require the finished work to be torn out so that the rough-in and framing can be properly inspected.


Watch our video! Please note that, due to the update of the UDO, all Plot Plans must now be signed and sealed by a NC Registered Land Surveyor.


Certificate of Appropriateness if structure is in a historic district or designated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark.

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Building
  • Electrical, for screened porch, balcony or deck that is 20 square feet or larger or has an electrical outlet or light fixture
  • Zoning

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal
Required for Some Projects

Required Inspections


  1. Footing inspections are conducted after trenches are excavated, all grade stakes are installed, all reinforcing steel and supports are in place and appropriately tied and all necessary forms are in place and braced, before any concrete is placed.
  2. Framing inspections are conducted after the roof - excluding permanent roof covering - wall, ceiling and floor framing are complete with the appropriate blocking, bracing and fire stopping in place. Framing inspections must be complete before a final inspection. If electrical work is being done, the electrical rough-in inspection must be approved before scheduling the building framing Inspection.
  3. Final inspection must be made for each trade after all prerequisite inspections are approved, indicating completion of authorized work as determined by the technical codes.


  1. Rough-in inspections are conducted before any wall, ceiling finish or building insulation is installed. This gives the inspector an opportunity to view work that will be hidden in the finished building, such as building framing, electrical wiring, plumbing, fire protection and heating, ventilation and cooling systems. This inspection must be approved prior to scheduling the building framing inspection.
  2. Final inspection must be made for each trade after all prerequisite inspections are approved, indicating completion of authorized work as determined by the technical codes.

How To Schedule An Inspection

  1. Call 919-996-2500 for staff assistance or
  2. Use automated voice response system at 919-857-4412 or
  3. Visit Development Services Customer Service Center, Suite 400, One Exchange Plaza, 1 Exchange Plaza, Raleigh, NC 27601

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

Inspections scheduled out of sequence may result in the inspection being rejected with a re-inspection fee charged.


A code violation may result in an inspection status of "rejection." See Top 10 Inspection Rejection reasons listed by trade.

After the code violation is corrected, you may schedule a re-inspection.

A re-inspection fee must be paid before scheduling the re-inspection. You may pay the fee at the Development Services Customer Service Center or Litchford Road Satellite Office or by phone at 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.

To schedule a re-inspection, call a customer service representative at 919-996-2500 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or use the automated voice response system, available 24 hours per day, at 919-857-4412.

Additional Information

Expected Processing Time

  • Permits will be issued the next business day for applications submitted by 4 p.m.
  • Permits will be issued 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. You will receive comments via email when there are issues with the plan during review. Plans must be resubmitted after comments are received and corrected
  • Inspections are generally conducted the next business day after they are scheduled, unless requested otherwise
  • Re-inspections will be scheduled for the next business day after payment has been processed, unless requested otherwise


Next Steps


Was this page helpful? named Raleigh

Nation's Leading "Baby Boomtown"

View our accolades >>