To build a better Raleigh by promoting and ensuring quality, safety, usability, sustainability and compliance in the
The Development Services Department works to promote and ensure quality, safety, usability, compatibility,
sustainability, predictability and compliance in the built environment. Through plan review, field inspections and
customer service the department ensures that development projects meet all applicable code and standards, from
the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and Raleigh Street Design manual to all applicable state and federal
building codes. By providing central intake functions for development projects, coordinating inter-departmental
services and providing project oversight, the department works to ensure a high quality development process with
flexible, cost effective solutions and excellent customer service.
Additional information regarding Development Services may be obtained by contacting Thomas Hosey,
Development Services Director, at (919) 996-2701 or via email atThomas.Hosey@raleighnc.gov
As part of the Public Works reorganization, 20 positions in Development Engineering Services are
transferred to the Development Services Department. Moving the unit, which provides services for all
proposed development and construction within public rights-of-way, aligns this work with similar review and
inspections services provided by the Development Services Department. An additional Project Engineer I
($54,000) is included in this program to address increased right-of-way development review needs.
Transferred three Conservation Foresters positions mid-year to Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources.
Transferred one Development Services Technician and two Zoning Inspectors from the City Planning
Two additional Senior Multi-Trade Code Enforcement Inspectors ($138,000) will complete a new major
projects inspections team that will be dedicated to large, complex projects. By providing this focused
guidance from beginning to end, code compliance issues will be addressed earlier, helping development
projects to maintain their timelines and more efficiently using staff resources.
A new project advocacy program was created in FY16 to provide additional customer support developing
approval timelines, track projects and work with customers as a single point of contact. One Project
Coordinator ($76,000) is added to fully implement this program.
Workload for preliminary plan review is anticipated to increase substantially when the UDO is fully
implemented. One new Planner II will support this need, while an additional Zoning Inspector will ensure
adequate staffing to provide next-day inspection services ($130,000).