Next Day Permitting

Last updated Jul. 12, 2018 - 10:04 am

The Next Day Permitting process is designed for commercial and residential projects that meet the criteria below. If it is determined that the scope of work exceeds the allowed thresholds, a different type of review may be required.

Commercial project submittals should be delivered to the Development Services Customer Service Center (DSCSC) or emailed to

Residential project submittals should be delivered to the Litchford Road Satellite Office or emailed to


  • If a property is located within one of Raleigh's Historic Districts, or is designated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark, a Certificate of Appropriateness must be obtained before applying for any other permits. Please utilize iMaps to determine whether or not this is applicable.
  • If a Variance from the code is being requested, approval must be granted by the Board of Adjustment prior to permit application.
  • Parcels located outside of Raleigh's city limits may require a Wake County Private Well and Septic Permit.
  • Review Section 2.2.7 of the UDO for Residential Infill Compatibility. This may be applicable to a building in an R-4, R-6, or R-10 District.

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Building
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Stormwater
  • Zoning
  • Right-of-Way
  • Demolition
  • Existing Private Well and Wastewater (Septic) Systems

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal
Required for Some Projects
  • Engineered Drawings and Specifications - reviewers and inspectors may require details, computations, stress diagrams or documentation sealed by a registered design professional to ensure code compliance during the review process or upon inspection
  • A signed and sealed as-built survey may be required by the inspector before final approval if, upon inspection, it is determined that conformance with the required regulations cannot be determined
  • Homeowners Exemption Affidavit - required when a homeowner is acting as the contractor
  • Alternate Energy Requirements - if submittal involves solar equipment, geothermal systems or any other alternate energy sources, relevant documents and electrical diagrams will be required
  • Mobile home requirements - a plan of the Mobile Home Park must be submitted with permit application
  • HVAC units - Illustration of roof-top screening required for roof-top units
  • Accessory Structures - Plan that shows setbacks, height of the building (per Section 1.5.7 of the UDO), and elevations
  • Fences - Plan that show the height and material of the fence
Recommended for a Successful Review

Applicable Work Types

The following examples below are projects that can be processed as Next Day Permitting:

Residential Projects

Work Type


Documents Required


City of Raleigh ordinance requires protection of Stormwater buffers and areas of disturbance

Survey Plot Plan

Right-of-Way Permits

Installing new driveway
Installing new sidewalk or

Modifying or replacing an existing driveway or sidewalk

Survey Plot Plan(new installation or modification)

Right-of-way Services Application (replacement like for like)

House Moves

Moving home into Raleigh City Limits or Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)

Survey Plot Plan

Solar Equipment
Geothermal Systems
Alternate Energy Sources*

Installing of photovoltaics, new solar equipment on the property

Survey Plot Plan; Doc for Solar panels; Electrical Diagram


A fence permit is required when installed on any property

Survey Plot Plan (Plan showing height and material)

Decks and Porches (for townhomes and 1 & 2 family dwellings)

Screened porches

Survey Plot Plan

Accessory Structures

Garages, sheds, greenhouses, workshops
(adding impervious area)

Survey Plot Plan, (Plans for setbacks, height and elevations if Sec. 2.2.7 of UDO applies)

Mobile Homes

New mobile homes


Plan of Mobile Home Park

Parking Pads in Front yard

Any parking expansion in a front yard

Survey Plot Plan

Pools and Hot Tubs

Above-ground pool, new area for hot tub

Survey Plot Plan

Water and Sewer Services and
Irrigation Services
Installation of Water and Sewer Services, and IrrigationSee Water and Sewer Service Connections
Zoning Permits for BusinessesDay Care Homes, Home Occupation, Front Yard Parking, etc.Business Zoning Permits

Commercial Projects

Work Type


Document Required


Any demolition to an existing structure

Survey Plot Plan


A fence permit is required when installed on any property

Survey Plot Plan

HVAC Units*

Changing size of exterior HVAC units
New HVAC units
Relocating existing units on the roof and ground

Survey Plot Plan with screening; Roof Top illustration for screening

Charging Stations (single unit)

Single car charging station

Survey Plot Plan

Water and Sewer Services and
Irrigation Services
Installation of Water and Sewer ServicesSee Water and Sewer Service Connections
Zoning Permits for BusinessesABC Inspections, Amplified Entertainment, Food trucks, etc.Business Zoning Permits

* See additional requirements under Submittal Requirements

Additional Information

  • Contractors must have a valid license in the trade that the permit is applied for AND an active Workers Compensation policy or exemption form if applicable
  • Performance Bond and General Liability Insurance must be valid if work occurs in the public Right-of-Way
  • If any dimension of an accessory structure is more than twelve (12) feet, a building permit or zoning permit is required
  • If, upon inspection, conformance with the required regulations cannot be determined, an as built signed and sealed plot plan may be required by the inspector before final approval
  • Any project located in a Special Flood Hazard Area will be reviewed by Stormwater under the Permitting Next Day process

Please refer to the following resources for helpful information:

Expected Processing Time

Applications submitted in person prior to 4:00 p.m. will be processed the next business day. Applications submitted after 4:00 p.m. will be processed within 48 business hours. If it is determined that a project does not meet the Next Day permitting criteria, clients will be notified that the project will be moved to an alternative permitting process.

Electronic submittals will be processed within 48 business hours.

Project submittal deadlines for Development Services will be changing on August 1, 2018.

  • Applications for all NEW submittals will be accepted Monday- Friday until 4 p.m.
  • Resubmittals with a transaction number will be accepted Monday-Friday until 4:30 p.m.

This operational change provides staff sufficient time to assist customers with questions and ensure each submittal meets review standards.

Projects allowed through Same Day and Next Day permitting may submit electronically at any time (24/7) to,, and, respectively.


Next Steps

An approved copy of the survey information will be returned to the applicant or contact person. The approved survey information and inspection cards must be visible at the work site at all times.

After a permit is obtained and work has begun, the next step is to schedule an inspection. Depending on the scope of work, one or more inspections may be required before a final approval is granted.

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