Residential Standard Review

Last updated Jun. 21, 2017 - 9:01 am

The Residential Standard Review is a full structural review of one and two-family dwelling construction projects.

This is the process most often used by builders of new single-family homes and duplexes. Other review paths are available; for builders wishing to build a single-family residential plan design more than one time use either Redi Review, e-plan Review or Certified Review. Individuals and builders may use Certified Review to submit a set of fully sealed structural plan.


  • Legally created lot with an established address, contractor licensing validation and public improvement compliance
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, if house is to be built in a historic district
  • NC Department of Transportation driveway or encroachment permits if the property is on a state road
  • Variance approved by Board of Adjustment, if applicable
  • Annexation Application (doc) (pdf) if the project is outside the City limits and you wish to tap onto City water and sewer

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Building
  • Building for site accessibility and retaining walls over four feet of unbalanced fill.
  • Right-of-Way (driveway and site)
  • Zoning
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, if house is to be built in a historic district
  • Flood, for property within a flood hazard area
  • Land Disturbing, if applicable
  • Stormwater Tracking, if applicable
  • Tree Conservation, if applicable
  • Neuse River Buffer, for property within the Neuse River buffer watershed

Other permits and approvals as required for a particular project.

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal
  • Submit plans to the Development Services Department’s Litchford Satellite Office
  • City of Raleigh Permit Application
  • Two copies of Plot Plan, signed and sealed by a North Carolina licensed surveyor (Plot Plan Checklist)
  • Two paper sets of plans and one copy of electronic plan - City of Raleigh will retain one set for official records
  • Additional set of paper plans if submitting a NFPA 13D Multi-Purpose, or "Combination," Fire Sprinkler System
  • One and Two Family Log Sheet (pdf)
  • Standard Residential Review Requirements (pdf)
Required for Some Projects

Expected Processing Time

  • Eight business days for initial review cycle
  • Four business days for subsequent reviews


Use this Fee Calculator to obtain an estimate of Building and Trade Permit Fees.

Next Steps

Schedule all applicable inspections.

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