Screened In Porch, Deck, or Balcony

Last updated Jul. 01, 2019 - 1:10 pm

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. This ensures that projects are safe, comply with building codes, and helps protect your property value as well as your neighbors’. 

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, which may require the finished work to be torn out costing you time and money.

Step One | Is This a Historical Property?

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

Step Two | Complete Your Application.

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

Step Three | Submit Your Application & Other Documents

You can submit your Residential Permit Application:

  • By email to
  • In person to our Litchford Road Satellite Office, located at 8320 Litchford Road, Suite 130 in North Raleigh
  • In person to the Development Services Customer Service Center located on the 4th floor of One Exchange Plaza in Downtown Raleigh.

 You must also complete the Residential Plot Plan Checklist.

Small sites undergoing development or redevelopment may need to meet additional Stormwater requirements.

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. Re-inspections will be automatically scheduled for the next business day after the payment has been processed unless otherwise requested.

Additional Helpful Information for Your Project

Download our Deck Brochure for everything you need to know before building an attached or self-supporting deck for your home.

Click here for information on project review times.

Fee Information

Permit fees are due when permits are issued. 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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