Supportive Housing Residence

Last updated Oct. 12, 2018 - 10:35 am

Supportive housing residences are dwelling units for more than four unrelated people who are battered individuals, abused children, pregnant women and their children, runaway children, persons with temporary or permanent disabilities (mental, emotional or physical) or individuals recovering from drug or alcohol abuse. This includes anyone with a disability protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 USC 12101 or N.C.G.S. Article 3, Chapter 168, as they may be amended, along with family members and support and supervisory personnel.

Supportive housing residences must be at least 1,125 feet away of another multi-unit supportive housing residence or supportive housing residencve to ensure that they are not concentrated in individual neighborhoods. Before the City Council adopted this regulation in 1994, there was no minimum spacing requirement. Consequently, some areas of the City have a greater concentration of supportive housing residences than the City Code currently allows.

Supportive housing residences must comply with the following:

  • No supportive housing residence may be established, constructed, expanded, altered, changed, occupied, or increased in the number of occupants except in accordance with the Housing Code, UDO Chapter 11;
  • The number of individuals occupying a supportive housing residence must not exceed 12;
  • No supportive housing residence may be established or maintained without a resident manager permanently residing on premise;
  • A supportive housing residence must provide off-street parking in accordance with Part 10A of the UDO; and,
  • No supportive housing residence may locate within 1,125 feet of another multi-unit supportive housing residence or supportive housing residence determined by a straight line from property line to property line. 

 A supportive housing residence must:

  • Be licensed by the federal or state government; or
  • Be funded in part by government grants or loans.

Registration and other requirements  do not apply to  four or fewer people with disabilities who are unrelated by blood, marriage or adoption as set forth in the definition of family in Part 10A of the UDO and are occupying any lawful dwelling as a family.



Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal
Required for
Some Projects
  • Scaled drawing
  • Photo of parking spaces showing vehicles
  • Length and width of all parking spaces

Expected Processing Time

Approximately 48 business hours.


  • $390 for inspections if initial application is approved
  • Payment types include cash, MasterCard, Visa or check made payable to the City of Raleigh

Next Steps

The City building inspector will contact the applicant to schedule the inspections after permits are issued.

Contact the Fire Marshal's office to schedule a fire inspection.

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