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We are nearing the start of a new fiscal year here at the City. Council has approved next year’s budget and we are putting the finishing touches on the Development Fee Schedule to reflect the fee increase of 1.6%. This increase is based on the average annual prior calendar year US Department of Labor Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers.

For those that regularly purchase permits from the City, you'll notice that this equates to an increase in the minimum permit fee of one dollar. The minimum permit fee will be $82, up from $81. All other development-related fees have been adjusted accordingly and will be available for viewing on July 4th, the date the new Development Fee Schedule takes effect.

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Good morning! With this being the end of our fiscal year, there is a lot going on. This week I’ll be publishing two blog posts. This one includes some important updates, so please take a moment to review the following information.

The first update is regarding the process for submitting applications for sign permits. Effective July 1, all applications for sign permits must be submitted to the DSCSC electronically, by mail, or in person. An intake sign specialist will ensure that the package is complete, including all submittal requirements as described on the signs webpage, before accepting it for review and assigning it a transaction number. Once the reviewer has made comments, customers will be able to view them via the Online Development Center.

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Happy June! This is going to be another busy month here in Development Services. Be sure to bookmark DSinsider so you can stay up to date on all current activities.

Several re-organizations are currently underway at the City, including the relocation of the Public Works Street and Lane Closure program. Until recently, Right-of-Way permits for streets/lane closures had been issued by the Transportation Operations division at the Raleigh Municipal Building. Effective May 18, the program transitioned to the Transportation Field Services division on the third floor of One Exchange Plaza. Customers will now submit applications to this location. Upon review, staff will determine what type of permits are required. If additional permits are needed (ie. street cut or electrical), customers will be directed to the DSCSC which is conveniently located on the fourth floor of OEP.

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Welcome back! I hope that you were able to enjoy the gorgeous weather we had over the Memorial Day holiday. It will be heating up soon!

This week’s post will be short, but provides some important updates including changes to some of our forms and an introduction to the Planning Communication office's summer intern.

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From left, Hamid Dolikhani, Marilyn Libby, and Jack Newsome

Whew, April was a busy month in DS! This blog has really helped us get the word out about all the things that are happening. Thanks for reading!

You may recall that last week I blogged about the importance of obtaining permits for home improvement projects. Well this post is a great follow-up…

If you follow City of Raleigh news, you may already know that Curt Willis, Deputy Inspections Director, has retired and that Hamid Dolikhani has assumed that role in an interim capacity. You may have also heard about a new program that launched last week. The Permit Notification Program is intended to improve customer service and further ensure that construction in Raleigh is permitted and completed in accordance with the law.

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During the past few months, I have been searching the real estate listings for the perfect home for my family. I think we finally found it! While I was searching, I was surprised at how many homes were described as having possible unpermitted square footage.

Having worked alongside building inspectors for many years, I know that there are some major safety concerns associated with this. With no one inspecting the work, there is no way to ensure that it is code compliant and properly constructed. Not to mention that it could seriously affect one’s ability to sell their house in the future as banks are typically not willing to lend money for homes with unpermitted work. This usually results in permits and inspections being requested before closing the sale. Permits issued after the work has been done are double the normal fee. And what many people don’t realize is that the finished product will have to be torn out to reveal rough-in and framing work, which will have to meet the current code to be approved. This can be a very costly mistake.

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