We’ve recently completed a first draft of the stormwater design manual. We have completely re-written the manual to include current and new stormwater requirements for development during and after construction. You’ll use the manual to complete development projects and make sure that stormwater runoff is managed correctly within local and state regulations.

Comment Period

Please review Chapters 1-8 of the manual. Plus relevant checklists and site plans. We’d like to know:  

  • How easy it is to understand the manual; 
  • How comfortable you would be using the manual;
  • Specific comments on the clarity and quality of the manual; and,
  • Content that you think should have been included.

We're accepting comments online until July 17.

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In addition to the social distancing requirements that we put in place earlier this month, the Stormwater Management Division is also making modifications to social distancing requirements for stormwater inspections at construction sites. Please follow these requirements until further notice:

  • Avoid the inspection area before and during the inspection. This includes contractors, sub-contractors, property owners, and any other workers/laborers.
  • Vehicles/crews should stay away from the construction entrances and the street in front of a single-family lot closest to the inspection. This will allow our inspectors to follow social distancing while accessing the site.
  • We may not complete the inspection if the area is not cleared. Once the inspector can safely access the site you can reschedule the inspection.

If you have questions for the stormwater inspector on-site, please contact them at the number provided to you by the City of Raleigh. Please send general questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 919-617-7829. Thank you for your patience.

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This is a reminder that Planning and Development customers who have approved digital plans are required to have a paper copy of the plans on site for inspections staff.

If you have digitally submitted your plans for review, please be certain to print or plot the digitally certified plans and have them on site.

We appreciate your assistance!

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A new digital signature block is now available online for customers who have submitted projects for site permit review. The signature block is required on the lower right corner of all plan sheets, with the exception of recorded maps. The new document can be found on the City of Raleigh website.

For questions contact:

Cesar Sanchez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 919-996-2673

Kim Pruitt, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 919-996-2434

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The Planning and Development Department continues to take steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while still providing services. With that in mind, we continue to expand our remote inspection program and we are excited to offer the following new inspections beginning Monday, April 6, 2020:


  • Footing, slab, foundation
  • Trade inspections (plumbing, mechanical, electrical)
  • Insulation


  • Partial inspections (footings, partial walls, slabs, etc.)

For currently scheduled inspections, you or your contractor will be contacted via telephone and offered the option for a remote inspection. This will allow field staff to perform the inspection without entering your home. Field staff will guide you through the process via your video conferencing tool of choice (Facetime, Skype, etc.).

Please note that remote inspections are not mandatory and customers who do not wish to participate in this voluntary program can discuss options with field staff once they are contacted. We appreciate your patience during this time.

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The Planning and Development Department continues to modify its operations to protect customers, staff, and the community from the spread of COVID-19. Among these new modifications are increased social distancing requirements for Residential and Non-Residential projects.

Effective immediately, before an inspection can begin, the area of inspection must be clear of all contractors, subcontractors, property owners, or any other workers/employees/laborers associated with the project. This includes the entrance to and exit from the area of inspection. (Example: if stairs are needed to access the area of inspection, the stairs should be cleared.)

Failure to clear the area of inspection may result in the denial of inspection services and you will have to reschedule. Thank you for your patience.

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