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Residential Infill Development

Everything you need to know about residential infill development in Raleigh

Last updated Feb. 06, 2019 - 5:09 pm

As the City of Raleigh continues to grow, you may have heard the term "infill" used when referring to projects in your neighborhood. Residential infill development often occurs in neighborhoods throughout the city. It can also occur on vacant parcels within previously built areas.
This page is here to assist applicants with the infill development requirements in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).
NOTE: These residential infill standards may also apply to non-residential projects.

As the City of Raleigh continues to grow, you may have heard the term "infill" used when referring to projects in your neighborhood. Residential infill development often occurs in neighborhoods throughout the city. It can also occur on vacant parcels within previously built areas.

This page is here to assist applicants with the infill development requirements in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

NOTE: These residential infill standards may also apply to non-residential projects.

Residential Infill Compatibility

Section 2.2.7 of the UDO contains details on residential infill compatibility. The intent of this information is to accommodate and encourage compatible development in existing residential neighborhoods. It also assists with reinforcing the established character of the neighborhood while protecting impacts to adjacent properties.

How Do I Know if My Property is Residential Infill?

It is strongly recommended that an applicant verify the infill status of their property prior to submitting a permit application. Failing to verify the infill status will result in review process delays. Completing the Infill Verification Request form will determine if a property is subject to residential infill compatibility standards. Please note there is a $45 fee for this service.
Infill Verification Request form
Residents and property owners who do not wish to fill out the verification request can use iMaps as a resource to assist them with identifying this information on their own.

It is strongly recommended that an applicant verify the infill status of their property prior to submitting a permit application. Failing to verify the infill status will result in review process delays. Completing the Infill Verification Request form will determine if a property is subject to residential infill compatibility standards. Please note there is a $45 fee for this service.

Infill Verification Request form

Residents and property owners who do not wish to fill out the verification request can use iMaps as a resource to assist them with identifying this information on their own.

What is Required if My Property is Residential Infill?

If the subject property is meets residential infill compatibility standards, a few things are required.
MAILED NOTICE
Unsealed, stamped, and addressed envelopes need to be submitted with your permit application. It is required to send mailed notice to all property owners with 100 feet of all sides of the subject property. Each envelope should contain a letter with information on your project. An infill notification letter template (click here) is available to download in order to assist with the requirement.
The City of Raleigh Label Maker is a helpful resource that can be used to identify addresses within 100 feet of the subject property.
SIGN POSTING
A sign is required to be posted for 30 consecutive days, beginning the day your zoning permit it issued (or the next business day). The sign needs to be visible from the nearest public street, or streets if the property fronts multiple streets. UDO Section 10.2.7.E.3 provides more details on the sign notification. You can also read text change TC-3-18.
VERIFICATION
A signed, notarized letter containing at least one photo of the posted sign should be sent to the Development Services Department, located on the 5th floor of One Exchange Plaza. This can be mailed or delivered in person.
Mail your verifications to:
Development Services Department
ATTN: Zoning
One Exchange Plaza
Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27601

If the subject property is meets residential infill compatibility standards, a few things are required.

  1. MAILED NOTICE
    Unsealed, stamped, and addressed envelopes need to be submitted with your permit application. It is required to send mailed notice to all property owners with 100 feet of all sides of the subject property. Each envelope should contain a letter with information on your project. An infill notification letter template (click here) is available to download in order to assist with the requirement.

The City of Raleigh Label Maker is a helpful resource that can be used to identify addresses within 100 feet of the subject property.

2. SIGN POSTING
A sign is required to be posted for 30 consecutive days, beginning the day your zoning permit it issued (or the next business day). The City of Raleigh is happy to provide these sign to the property owner. The sign needs to be visible from the nearest public street, or streets if the property fronts multiple streets. UDO Section 10.2.7.E.3 provides more details on the sign notification. You can also read text change TC-3-18.

3.VERIFICATION
A signed letter containing at least one photo of the posted sign should be emailed to currentplanning@raleighnc.gov. Notarized verification is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Other Helpful Resources

The following information may also be helpful for residential infill projects:
Unified Development Ordinance
Adopted UDO text changes
Pending UDO text changes (scroll to "text changes")
UDO interpretations
Residential permit application
Non-residential permit application

The following information may also be helpful for residential infill projects:
Unified Development Ordinance
Adopted UDO text changes
Pending UDO text changes (scroll to "text changes")
UDO interpretations
Residential permit application
Non-residential permit application

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