Typical Townhouse Review

A streamlined plan submittal process for repetitive townhouse developments.

Last updated Sep. 28, 2019 - 1:45 pm

Under the typical townhouse review process, Building and Safety staff conduct an initial review of architectural and structural plans for a townhouse development. During this review, a builder identifies the townhouse variations to be offered. Custom builders can use this program if they identify upfront the townhouse options they will offer.

Once plans and designated as “typical” a builder may submit them for subsequent developments without the need for repeated reviews.

An early review option is also available, which allows builders to submit architectural and structural plans while the site plan is under review. This early review option may save time for a builder who has complete building and architectural plans but it not yet ready to apply for permits.

Key Steps in the Process

  • The applicant completes an initial submittal package for each building and receives a case number
  • Once everything is approved, the case number becomes the typical number which can used in all future submittals involving the same building plans
  • The applicant provides a digital copy of the approved building and truss drawings on a CD to the Development Services Customer Service Center

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal

Submit all documents to the Development Services Customer Service Center.

  • Four full sets of architectural plans, elevations and details. Submit every option to be available and show the options on the drawings. All drawings, including truss drawings, must be sealed and signed by a North Carolina registered professional architect and North Carolina registered professional engineer.
  • Four full sets of structural plans and one copy of truss drawings or stick-built drawings for all possible scenarios. Include sealed walls bracing details for each unit type.
  • Permit Application (one per unit) with name of contact person and phone number. Include Grading Permit number on the application.
  • Approved site plans. Plans must include all permit numbers for utility work. Plans also must show all buildings and unit numbers and indicate whether driveways will be public or private.
  • Recorded plat/map.
  • Plot plans for each building with all units shown, plus an individual sheet for each unit. Individual sheets can be individual plot plans or a plot plan for an entire building on which each unit is highlighted.
  • Landscape plans. Highlight all existing units and landscaping. With a separate pattern, highlight all proposed units and landscaping. Use black and white patterns, not color, to highlight.
Required for Some Projects

Required for developments with building plans already approved as “typical:”

  • Permit Application (one per unit), including Typical Number and Grading Permit number.
  • One copy of architectural and structural drawings as approved by the City of Raleigh. The documents must include the Typical Number and the words “for reference only."
  • Approved site plans.
  • Recorded plat as approved for the initial submittal.
  • Plot plans including the Typical Number and Building Data Box
  • Landscape plans.

Expected Processing Time for Development Projects


  • See Development Fee Schedule for specific fees.
  • The Development Services Customer Service Center processes payments.
  • Payment types include: cash, MasterCard, Visa or check made payable to the City of Raleigh.

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

Additional Information

Include the following "box" on each plot plan:

Typical Plan # ______________________

Building Data

First Floor, Foot Print (Incl. Garage and Opt.)       ________SF

Total SF of Unit w/ all Options                            ________SF

Stories     ________#

Basement ______  Slab ______  Crawl _______

Incl. Options:          __________________________________


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