Auto Dealer

Last updated Jul. 01, 2019 - 2:03 pm

Business owners must first obtain a permit to sell automobiles within the City of Raleigh and its area of extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). An auto dealer must obtain this permit before installing any type of sign.


Contact the Development Services Customer Service Center (Site Review Specialist) to determine whether the property is properly zoned for an automobile dealership. The Site Review Specialist may determine that plans are required for review. If this is the case, applicants will be notified and advised about the process.

Approvals or Permits Issued

Automobile Dealer Permit

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal
  • Submittal packages should be hand delivered to the Development Services Customer Service Center, One Exchange Plaza, Suite 400, Raleigh, NC 27602
  • Submittal packages can also be delivered by mail to:
    City of Raleigh
    Development Services Customer Service Center
    One Exchange Plaza, Suite 400
    PO Box 590
    Raleigh, NC 27602
  • Automobile Dealer Application, printed in color
  • Scaled drawing of auto dealer proposed parking and display area.
  • Landlord Approval for Automobile Dealer (required if applicant does not own the space)
    • required parking (to include details about customers, handicap, employees, display)
    • driveways
    • streets
    • landscaping
    • location of building(s)

Expected Processing Time

Approximately 48 business hours.


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