A recorded map is a legal instrument referred to in deeds and other legal documents. A recorded map shows the configuration of a parcel of land, including boundaries, easements, roads, rights-of-way and other significant features. Maps may be related to a preliminary subdivision per Section 10.2.5.F. or Section 10.2.6.
The Recorded Maps Review Process ensures that plats are recorded in the Wake County or Durham County Register of Deeds Office:
- The plat meets state and local regulations;
- Accurately reflect approvals associated with Preliminary Subdivision Plans, Recombinations, Administrative Site Reviews, or Master Plans that may precede them;
- Establishes boundaries and addresses that affect construction of buildings on the property.
A staff review officer coordinates review and approval. The review may be single track or a multi-track.
Single track – Certain maps typically require review by Development Services and no more than one other department. These include boundary surveys, exempt maps, recombinations, tree conservation areas, transit easement maps, and right-of-way dedications not related to an approved or pending development plan.
Multi-track - A map related to an approved development plan, subdivision, site plan or master plan typically requires review by Development Services and at least two other departments.
- Applicants for recorded maps require Preliminary Subdivision Plan approval or Administrative Site approval (if applicable) prior to plat review submittal.
- Some maps require prior approval of Concurrent Review drawings under the conditions of approval for a subdivisions or site plans.
- Approved Concurrent Review drawings and required copies shall be submitted to the Development Services Department prior to plat review submittal.
- If legal documents (such as the Transit Easement Template) are required to be approved prior to staff signing off on the preliminary plat, they must be submitted to LegalDocumentReview@raleighnc.gov
Approvals or Permits Issued
City of Raleigh signed maps approved for recordation at Wake County or Durham Register of Deeds.
Key Steps in the Process
- The applicant submits the map to the Development Services Customer Service Center. A licensed North Carolina professional land surveyor must prepare, stamp and seal a map for recording. Consult a surveyor well in advance of the need to record the map. For maps that required approval of legal document related to an approved preliminary subdivision, the legal documents are required to be submitted with the recorded map.
- Plans are reviewed in accordance with the Unified Development Ordinance and North Carolina State statutes. Maps receive a technical review by staff in Development Services and other Departments.
- Use of public rights-of-way may require approval of an encroachment agreement by the City Council.
- The applicant is notified by telephone to pick up the marked-up copy and comment sheet at the Development Services Customer Service Center.
- After the map receives final approval, the applicant is notified by telephone and may pick up the map at the Development Services Customer Service Center.
- Once mylars are signed by the review officer, the applicant receives approval to record the plat in addition to any required legal documents at the Wake County Register of Deeds Office. Both recorded maps and legal documents must be recorded within 14 days of City approval to record. Legal documents are required to be recorded within 1 business day of the plat recordation in accordance with Section 10.2.5.f.5 of the Unified Development Ordinance. If the applicant does not record the plat within 14 days, the mylars of the plat must be resubmitted to the coordinating review officer. The officer ensures that no changes have been made and reauthorizes the recording, starting another 14-day window to record.
- The applicant receives one mylar from the Wake County Register of Deeds Office. The Register of Deeds keeps a copy, and the City of Raleigh obtains the third copy.
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Expected Processing Time
5 business days
Mylar review and signature – 3 business days
10 business days
Mylar review and signature – 5 business days
Return all recorded maps and related recorded documents to Development Services.