Public Records Requests
Please be specific and thorough about what you are requesting. The more information you provide the quicker and more accurate the response will be. You may be asked to clarify your request. Please submit your request only once. Submitting duplicate requests or submitting a request to more than one person will delay the response.
Public Records Requests can be made one of three ways:
Public Records Requests - Three Ways to Submit
Public records requests must include: Requestor name, Company Name, Address, Phone Number, Email Address and Request Descriptions. This information must be included with all requests.
Please include as much detail as possible to help assure the completeness and accuracy of the City's response. The complexity of the request and the amount of City resources required to fulfill the request will determine the amount of time needed to compile the response. Simple requests usually take six or fewer work days to fulfill.
Please download our form to ensure all pertinent information is included, then send the completed form by one of these three ways:
- Email | David Blount, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax | 919-996-7621
- USPS mail | City of Raleigh, PO Box 590, Raleigh, NC 27601
Attention: David Blount
Many frequently-requested items are available online.
The City of Raleigh has building permits and Certificates of Occupancy going back to 2000. They are available through the City of Raleigh Online Development Center.
Once a building has received a Certificate of Occupancy, the Fire Marshal’s office is responsible for conducting inspections. You can check for fire code violations through their website. The Fire Marshal’s Office also handles above and underground storage tanks.
If you are interested in obtaining a zoning verification letter, please complete a Zoning Verification Request Form and include a $44 ($42 + a surcharge) fee and submit it to the Development Services Customer Service Center.Learn more about Zoning Verification
If you are interested in obtaining general site information about a particular parcel, please schedule a FREE Due Diligence Session (DDS) to learn what you need to know before starting the development process.Learn more about Due Diligence
Expected turn around time is within 48 business hours. If staff foresees that more time will be required, you will be notified and advised as to why more time may be required and given an estimate of how much more time will be needed.