The Raleigh Street Design Manual serves as a design guide for the City's streets, sidewalks, and pedestrian facilities. We are working to update this manual and would like to get feedback from residents. 

A draft of the manual is currently available for public review until January 14, 2019. You can download a copy of the draft here

Please submit your comments to [email protected]

Specific questions about the manual? Contact:
Rene Haagen: [email protected] | 919-996-2483
Daniel King: [email protected]  | 919-996-2408

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Coming in 2019! Projects involving accessory structures and infill development will have a change in process. These changes are due to recently approved text changes. A text change is a proposal to modify an adopted ordinance. 

TC-2-18 | Accessory Buildings 

Starting on January 1, 2019 submittal requirements will increase for accessory structures:

  • Intake staff will need to see documentation for wall height, elevations, and percentage of yard the structure occupies.
  • Regulations for placement have also changed.

We will be updating our checklist as soon as possible. Before you submit, please reach out to staff for more information on the new requirements.

TC-3-18 | Infill Notice

Starting on February 4, 2019 projects that involve infill development will be required to notify anyone living within 100 feet of the property. This applies to:

  • New single-family homes;
  • Additions, and;
  • Accessory structures (seven feet or more in height) for single-family homes.

More information regarding the infill notice change will be available soon.

TC-7-17 | Residential Infill Compatibility Setbacks

To protect the integrity of existing residential developments, the rules for determining setbacks for new and redevelopment of residential lots are changing. As a result of this text change new processes will be in place by April 2019.

For questions or concerns about any of these text changes, please contact: Justin Rametta, Current Planning Manager at 919-996-2665.

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As of January 1, 2019, all current Typical Townhome plans will no longer be valid. New plans will need to be resubmitted and recorded under the 2018 NC Residential Building Code.

Questions? We're here to help! Call the Development Services Customer Service Center at 919-996-2495 or email us at [email protected]

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Beginning this week, developers who incorporate Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) and energy efficient practices into their building or site plans can take advantage of the Green Raleigh Review process. Benefits include:

  • An assigned City plan reviewer to help direct plans through the process;
  • Feedback and support from an assigned Green Team (staff from Stormwater, Transportation, Urban Forestry, Public Utilities, and Development Services); and,
  • Reimbursement for Sketch Plan and Express Review fees.

To qualify for benefits associated with site plan review:

  1. Site plans must include GSI practices that capture and absorb stormwater runoff;
  2. Calculations are provided showing that the volume of stormwater runoff leaving the site after development will be no more than the volume of runoff before development (for a specified storm event).

To qualify for benefits associated with building plans:

  1. Site plans must qualify;
  2. Building plans incorporate green building energy practices such as geothermal systems, photovoltaic panels, and/or solar thermal panels.

Click here for more information on how you can make your development project more environmentally friendly through Green Raleigh Review. 



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To assist in efforts to update the current Solid Waste Collection Design Manual, the Development Services Department is seeking feedback from the non-residential development community on designing for trash and recyclable pickup. A survey is available now until October 19. This is a collaborative effort with the Solid Waste Service Department.

Respondents who qualify may be asked to participate in a more detailed discussion with City staff the week of October 28. 

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The Development Services Department will have very limited service availability on Friday, September 14. Please call to inquire if the services you need are available prior to arriving.

  • Development Services Customer Service Center (One Exchange Plaza, 4th floor): 919-996-2500
  • Litchford Road Satellite Office (8320 Litchford Road, Suite 130): 919-996-4200
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Get In Touch

  • Development Services
    Customer Service Center
    1 Exchange Plaza
    Raleigh, NC 27602
  • 919-996-2495
  • Litchford Road
    Satellite Office
    8320-130 Litchford Road
    Raleigh, NC 27615
  • 919-996-4200