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Minor Permitting

Formerly known as Same Day & Next Day permitting

Last updated Jul. 01, 2019 - 1:47 pm

This page will help you navigate the permit process for residential and non-residential projects. Some of these projects may require plans when you submit your permit application. It is important to note that upon review, staff may determine that more information is needed for your project.

NOTE: Email submittals will only be accepted for minor alterations and repairs that DO NOT require plans.

Before You Start Your Project

There are a few important things to review prior to submitting your permit application:

  1. If you are a homeowner acting as the contractor for your project, the Homeowners Exemption Affidavit is required.
  2. Is your home located in a Historic District or designated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark? If so, you are required to submit a Certificate of Appropriateness to the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC). Approval from the RHDC may be required prior to submitting your permit application.
  3. If your property contains a private well or septic services, you may need approval from Wake County prior to applying with the City of Raleigh.
  4. Your property may be subject to Residential Infill Compatibility standards. Click here to learn more about residential infill development and verification.

Minor Alterations and Repairs (No Plans Required)

Projects that fall under this category MUST submit a residential or non-residential permit application. The projects listed in this section can be submitted in-person or via email.

The Development Services Customer Service Center accepts new submittals for both residential and non-residential projects.

Monday thru Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Resubmittals are accepted until 4:30 p.m.
In-person: One Exchange Plaza | Suite 400 | Raleigh, NC 27601
Email: downtownDS@raleighnc.gov

The Litchford Road Satellite Office only accepts residential projects.
Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. 2 p.m.
In-person: 8320 Litchford Road | Suite 130 | Raleigh, NC 27615
Email: litchfordDS@raleighnc.gov

RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS | single-family homes, one- and-two-family dwellings, townhomes

These lists are not inclusive of all project work types.

Work TypeDescription/Examples
Alterations + Repairs
  • moving walls
  • renovations to rooms inside the home: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, etc.
  • existing water and sewer line replacement
    • city-installed irrigation meters
  • mobile home repair
  • siding, windows, doors
  • roofing
Circuits
  • electrical service upgrade
  • adding circuits or outlets
  • interior vehicle charging stations
  • switches
  • lights
Fuel Piping
  • changing electric to gas
  • changing gas to electric
  • running gas lines to gas equipment
Replacements
(replacing existing with new)
  • water heater replacement
  • HVAC replacement
  • generators
  • driveways
NOTE: Installation of new equipment requires a plot plan.
Residential Power Turn OnFor any single-family dwelling, duplex, or townhome that has been vacant for six months or longer

NON-RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS | apartment buildings, condos, schools, restaurants, churches, mixed-used, etc.

Work TypeDescription/Examples
Alterations + Repairs
  • add a short wall (less than six feet)
  • siding
  • windows (add or repair)
  • doors (move or repair)
  • roofing
Replacements
(replacing existing with new)
  • Electrical
    • switches, receptacles, fixtures, etc.
  • Plumbing
    • toilets, sinks, etc.
  • HVAC units
Temporary Power BoardsTemporary electrical board for construction

Minor Alterations and Repairs (Plans Required)

Projects that fall under this category MUST submit a residential or non-residential permit application, as well as the required documentation listed below. The projects listed in this section are NOT ELIGIBLE FOR EMAIL SUBMISSION.

The Development Services Customer Service Center accepts both residential and non-residential projects.

  • Monday thru Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Resubmittals accepted until 4:30 p.m.
  • In-person: One Exchange Plaza | Suite 400 | Raleigh, NC 27601

The Litchford Road Satellite Office only accepts residential projects.
  • Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • In-person: 8320 Litchford Road | Suite 130 | Raleigh, NC 27615

RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS | single-family homes, one- and-two-family dwellings, townhomes

These lists are not inclusive of all project work types.

Work TypeDescriptionAdditional Required Documents
Accessory Structures
  • garages
  • sheds
  • greenhouses
  • carports
  • pool houses
  • workshops
Additions
  • adding new space on an existing structure
  • adding to the footprint
  • adding a second floor
  • enclosing a garage
  • attached mother-in-law suites
  • sunrooms
  • dormers
Changing Space Inside an Existing Structure
  • Non-air conditioned space to air conditioned/heated space
  • Uninhabitable to habitable space
  • Floor plan of entire floor with changes shown
  • NOTE: If a new HVAC unit is installed for this purpose, a signed and sealed survey showing existing conditions, and a supplemental drawing showing purpose of the unit, is required.
Decks + Porches
  • Covered or screened porches
  • Decks
  • Patios
  • Porticos
  • Gazebo
  • Three-season room
DemolitionRemoval of existing structure(s).
NOTE: Stormwater buffers or tree protection may be required.
FencesA zoning permit is required when installing a fence
Front Yard Parking PadAny parking expansion in the front yard
HVAC + GeneratorsInstallation of NEW HVAC units or generator
Mobile HomesReplacing a mobile home
  • Site plan of mobile home park
Moving a HouseMoving a home into Raleigh city limits or the Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)
Pools + Hot Tubs
  • Above ground pool
  • Pool
  • New area for hot tub
Right-of-Way Work
  • installing a new driveway or sidewalk
  • modifying an existing driveway or sidewalk
Solar Equipment
Geothermal Systems Alternate Energy Sources
  • installing photovoltaics
  • new solar equipment on the property
Vehicle Charging Stationexterior vehicle charging station
Water, Sewer, and Irrigation Services (stubs and meter connections)
  • new water, sewer, or irrigation services
  • removal of water and sewer services
Zoning Permits for BusinessesPermits are required to operate a business from your home. Please visit the zoning permits page for more information.

NON-RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS | apartment buildings, condos, schools, restaurants, churches, mixed-used, etc.

Work TypeDescriptionAdditional Required Documents
DemolitionAny removal/demolition to an existing structure
  • Pre-construction meeting (contact Seth Langdon to schedule)
  • Site plan
Fences
  • A zoning permit is required when a fence is installed on any property
  • A building permit is required when the fence is over six feet
  • Site plan
  • Structural plans are required if the fence is over six feet
GeneratorsReplacement
Plumbing UtilityInstallation of water, irrigation, and/or sewer servicesPlease visit the Water + Sewer Service Connection page for more information.
Service UpgradeElectrical service upgrade
  • Electrical power plan
Vehicle Charging Station (single unit)Single car charging station
  • Site plan
  • Electrical power riser plan
  • Cut sheets for charging station
Zoning Permits for BusinessesPlease visit the zoning permits page for more information on what is required for your project.

Expected Processing Time for Development Projects

Please click here to download information on our standard review times.

Fee Information

The Development Fee Schedule can help you estimate the cost of your project.

Additional Helpful Information

It is important to know that depending on the scope of work, one or more inspections may be required before a final approval is granted. For more information on the inspection process, click here.

Need assistance or have questions about your project? Please contact the Development Services Customer Service Center:
By phone: 919-996-2495
Via email: ds.help@raleighnc.gov

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