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The Primary Street Determination Request form is now available on the City of Raleigh website. This form will help Development Services customers with project design by providing guidance prior to plan submittal. This form can be used to determine the primary street(s) for a project, as the primary street dictates the placement and orientation of a building on a lot and its relationship to the street. The new request form can be found on the Administrative Site Review page or in the Development Services Form Directory.

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2017 was a historic year for tragic natural disasters, and scientists predict that we will see more natural disasters occurring in areas that previously thought they were immune. These predictions call for proper planning to help prevent loss of life, property damage, and unnecessary post-disaster expenses. Building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores, and entertainment venues from such devastations. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe. As such, they require the most advanced and sophisticated training and education to safeguard the public from such disasters. Code officials are expected to be experts in building code, but citizens should also have a working knowledge of how building structures can indeed help save lives.

Week five of Building Safety Month focuses on improving education and training standards for a safer tomorrow through knowledge gained from the plethora of training resources. Today’s code officials are expected to be certified on ICC approved disciplines including building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire. Furthermore, a major focus on yearly continuing education is required to keep these certifications active and compliant on the ever-changing building codes.

With powerful advancements in technology and frequent discoveries of new methods for solving age-old problems, the building industry, like many industries, is constantly changing. For building safety professionals worldwide, education and training are valuable and essential aspects of professional development. Much like code officials, private citizens are also encouraged to seek learning opportunities to help improve knowledge of building code safety. Below is a list of resources that can help both building code officials and private citizens alike build strong knowledge of building code safety. This joint effort of increased knowledge and awareness of building code can help prepare us for Mother Nature’s inevitable fury!


ICC Learning Center

ICC Preferred Provider Program

National Safety Council (NSC) Workplace Safety Training

Certified Code Safety Professional Exams

NFPA Certified Electrical Compliance Professional (CESCP)

BOMA Educational Resources

ICC-ES Educational Tools

S.K. Ghosh Seminars

IAS Training Programs

General Code Webinars

OSHAcademy Professional Training Courses

National Association of Safety Professional (NASP) Training Resources

ANSI Education and Training

Board of Certified Safety Professional (BCSP) Certifications

Certified Code Safety Professional Certification

Contractor/Trades Testing

Specialty Programs

UST/AST Certification

Certification Renewal

This blog was written by guest blogger Lazaro Perez, Training & Development Analyst for the Development Services Department

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The Development Services Department would like to alert you to the following changes to the Concurrent Site Mylar Revision Process: 

¨Please include a submittal narrative which describes the plan revisions and lists the revised sheets.

¨Revision pages should be inserted into the full approved plan set, preceding the original sheets being revised.

¨A visible “VOID” watermark, accompanied by a large, visible X should be on all original sheets being revised.

¨Changes on revision sheets need to be clouded or highlighted.

¨The plan set will have a new cover sheet included with each revision and require a blank signature stamp.

¨A new revision table shall be included on the new cover.

¨Revised sheets are to be physically tabbed by the applicant.

¨All mylar revisions need to include the latest approved version of every sheet, including revised sheets from previous mylar revisions.

¨Please note only one mylar revision will be allowed in an active plan review cycle.

For more information, and to download the Concurrent Site Mylar Revision checklist, visit and search "Concurrent Site Review." Select the "Concurrent Site Review" page and scroll down to "Revisions to Approved Plans."

Assistance is available by calling the Customer Service Center at 919-996-2495 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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This May marks the third year that the City of Raleigh is participating in Building Safety month. Building Safety Month (BSM) is celebrated by jurisdictions worldwide during the month of May to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. 
The theme of this year’s BSM is “Building Codes Save Lives,” but what does that mean to citizens of Raleigh? Well, all communities need building codes to protect people from disasters like fires, weather-related events and structural collapse. Building codes are society's best way of protecting homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues. Code officials work day in and day out to keep the public safe.
Each week of BSM has a theme, and this week’s theme is advancing resilient communities through science and technology. Research shows that planning and being prepared for extreme changes can greatly reduce the long-term impacts on a community.
A city that reduces its vulnerability to dramatic change or extreme events and responds creatively to economic, social and environmental change to increase its long-term sustainability is knows as a resilient community. Creating a resilient community requires diligent planning and innovative thinking. Science and technology are leading the way for designing and constructing safe, efficient and resilient homes and buildings. Up-to-date building safety codes and standards enable technology to be incorporated into buildings while ensuring safety for lives, properties and investments.
Using Technology to Improve Safety
Resilience starts with strong, regularly updated, and properly implemented building codes. So, whether you’re considering renovating, remodeling or building from the ground up, look for the latest technology and make sure it is based on the codes and standards that put safety and efficiency first. Check out these future home technologies from 
Smarter, Connected Homes: Electronic devices and appliances can now be linked to the Internet to provide real-time data that makes it easier to understand and lower our energy use. New wireless sensors developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will boost home energy efficiency through automated control systems for heating and cooling units, lighting, and other systems that access data such as outside air and room temperature, humidity, light level and occupancy.
Ultra-Efficient Heat Pumps: The Building Technologies Office of the US Energy Department is ushering in the next generation of heat pump systems, which warm and cool your home by moving heat from one space to another. These include: 
  • A fuel-fired, multi-function residential heat pump that can reduce primary energy consumption by 30%.
  • A natural gas heat pump and air conditioner that uses an ultra-low-emission combustion burner and other equipment to provide home heating, cooling and hot water.
  • A low-cost gas heat pump designed to reduce heating costs by up to 45% compared to conventional gas furnaces and boilers.
Carbon-Fighting Clothes Dryers: The same concept behind heat pump technologies that keep your home comfortable can also be used for another important application: drying your clothes. Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric are developing a new type of clothes dryer that uses a heat pump cycle to generate hot air needed for drying. The result: a more efficient dryer that has the potential to lower energy consumption by 60% compared to conventional ones on the market today.
Magnetic Refrigerators (That’s Right, Magnets!): Oak Ridge National Laboratory and General Electric have teamed up to create a revolutionary new type of refrigerator that uses magnets to create cold. For the past 100 years, refrigerators have relied on a process called vapor compression that uses coolants which can be harmful to the environment. The new refrigerator is a revolutionary technology that uses a water-based cooling fluid, making it better for the environment and more efficient, which means lower energy bills and less carbon pollution.
Advanced Window Controls: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pella Windows are working on new highly insulated windows that use sensors and microprocessors to automatically adjust shading based on the amount of available sunlight and the time of day to ensure proper lighting and comfort, saving consumers energy and money.
Next-Gen Insulation: Insulation is one of the most important ways to reduce your home heating and cooling costs. The Industrial Science & Technology Network is developing new foam insulation made with environmentally friendly and advanced composite materials that ensure heat doesn’t escape from the attic, walls and other areas of the home during cold winter months.
Reflective Roofing Materials: Cool roofs coated with materials containing specialized pigments reflect sunlight and absorb less heat than standard roofs. Expect these types of roof systems to get even “cooler” due to new fluorescent pigments that can reflect nearly four times the amount of sunlight of standard pigments.
Brighter, Better Lighting: LED lighting has come a long way, with today’s highest-performing lights consuming 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs. In fact, LED efficiency is expected to double from the current in the next few years.
Even in Raleigh
A new, premier, mixed-use development is being planned in the heart of Downtown Raleigh’s innovation district. A first-of-its-kind development for the Triangle region, Phase I at City Gateway will be the area’s first energy-positive building, producing all the energy it needs on site. With smart building technology, information from various building systems can be leveraged to optimize energy and operational performance. The building includes a geothermal HVAC system, high performance lighting and glass, natural daylight, superior insulated building envelope, digital energy dashboard, and solar panels.
Written by Guest Blogger Jeremiah Weckesser, Senior Mechanical Inspector III in the Development Services Deparment
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The City of Raleigh Development Services Department has replaced the face-to-face Due Diligence Session with a new online version: Due Diligence Online Service (DDOS). Just like before, this service is free of charge and will help you to learn what development is and isn’t possible on a specific property. DDOS will continue to address high level questions and issues related to the development of property, and Review staff will only comment on site review trades (current planning, urban forestry, stormwater, fire and transportation). In other words, information related only to the parcel(s) and any general regulatory items that may be applicable based on project parameters.

How do I submit for a DDOS?

  • To submit a DDOS go to the online form and fill out the property data.
  • Once staff has completed the DDOS review, each applicant will receive an email containing staff comments, based on a predetermined scope of review.

What do I need to keep in mind when submitting for a DDOS?

  • Only contiguous properties are allowed to be submitted, and multiple parcels will be reviewed as a combined assemblage.
  • Comments generated during the DDOS are based solely on existing zoning of the property.
  • If a formal development application is submitted after a DDOS, and any development details or site information have changed, it is possible that staff comments may be different from those provided during a DDOS.
  • Information received should be considered advisory-only, no approvals or permits are issued with a DDOS. If a formal regulatory-based review is desired, please consider one of our other face-to-face services.
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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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