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With spring fast approaching we want to remind everyone about all the changes and updates that are happening during this time. Don’t forget you can always email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions!

 

New Site Inspection & Infill Requirement
Beginning March 1, 2018, a zoning site inspection must occur prior to foundation inspection. A zoning site inspection is required once forms for foundations are completely in place (preferably before concrete is poured). However, the owner and/or builders (at their discretion) may schedule the site inspection at the foundation stage (after concrete is poured, but prior to any framing or vertical construction occurring).

Additionally, and as part of this inspection, a survey performed by a professional land surveyor licensed in the state of North Carolina must be completed and submitted to the City of Raleigh zoning for all residential infill construction projects. The completed survey must be made available on site for examination by zoning inspections staff.

Note: Building foundation inspections will only be allowed to be scheduled once the site inspection has been completed and approved. For more details on this new requirement, click here.

 

New Visible Permit Requirement
Beginning March 1, 2018, a new visible permit will be required for all Right-of-Way (ROW) obstructions. The goal of this additional permit is to reduce the number of complaints and questions for both City staff and the contractor. Upon receiving a ROW obstruction permit, the City will issue a visible permit which is required to be posted onsite in a central location for the duration of the work. The permit will contain:
• City contact information (email and phone)
• Date work expires (to inform citizens of the duration of the project)
Contractors will be responsible for affixing the permit to a structure or signage onsite. For questions or concerns regarding the new visible permit, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Building Code Summary
The below schedule will help clarify the new required NC Building Code Summaries:
January 1, 2018 thru June 30, 2018:
 We accept the City of Raleigh Building Code Summary.
 We accept the 2012 NC State Building Code Summary.
× We reject the 2018 NC State Building Code Summary.

July 1, 2018 thru December 31, 2018:
× We reject the City of Raleigh Building Code Summary.
 We accept the 2012 NC State Building Code Summary.
 We accept the 2018 NC State Building Code Summary.

January 1, 2019:
× We reject the City of Raleigh Building Code Summary.
× We reject the 2012 NC State Building Code Summary.
 We accept the 2018 NC State Building Code Summary.

Important Note: Designers must use the 2012 Building Codes with the 2012 Building Code Summary, and the 2018 Building Codes with the 2018 Building Code Summary.

 

Due Diligence Online Service (DDOS) Available Now!
We have replaced the face-to-face Due Diligence session with a new online version. Just like before, this service is free of charge and allows clients to learn what type of development is and isn’t possible on a specific property. It also addresses high level questions related to development. Review staff will comment on site review trades (current planning, urban forestry, stormwater, fire and transportation) only. In other words, information related only to the parcel(s) and any general regulatory items that may be applicable based on project parameters. For more information and access to the scheduling tool, click here.

 

New Locked Forms Available
New locked forms are available online for Utility Placement Easement, Sidewalk Easement and Slope Easement. The form templates can be found in the Development Services Department form directory under “S to Z.”

 

Design Adjustment Process Changes
A new design adjustment application is now available which is intended to guide applicants through all UDO-required findings associated with their request and help streamline the process. Additionally, all requests are now submitted to a central point of intake at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with notification provided to the applicant upon receipt of a complete application. Please make note that upon receipt of this message, all required mailed notifications should be hand delivered to the coordinating reviewer on the 5th floor of One Exchange Plaza. For further information, please see the Design Adjustments webpage.

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