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Express Review: Updates due to COVID-19 as of July 2020 Overview of Express Review Process Next Steps Cancellation Policy Fees

Express Review: Updates due to COVID-19 as of July 2020

We are excited to be able to continue to offer the Express Review service to our clients during this challenging time. Currently, all Express Reviews are being conducted via the virtual platform Zoom. Updates to the Express Review process are listed below. Please take a minute to review changes and if you have any questions or concerns please email ExpressCoordinator@RaleighNC.gov.

Key Changes in the Express Review Process:

  • An initial kickoff meeting is hosted at the scheduled Express Review time.
    • The intent of the meeting is to allow the client to scope the project and provide initial comments. Review staff will each have an opportunity to ask initial questions or provide initial feedback. All engineers and design professionals are required to attend the virtual kickoff meeting.
  • At the conclusion of the kickoff meeting review staff will have two (2) business days to conduct the review.
    • During the review period, City of Raleigh staff will reach out to the appropriate engineer or architect to discuss the plans.
  • At the conclusion of the two-day review plans will either be approved, or comments will be entered and can be viewed via the Permit and Development Portal.
    • If plans require resubmittal clients will have 3 business days to submit the clouded changes for review.

Fees: Standard Express Review fees apply to all reviews. The deposit covers the first hour of review, as well as the re-review cycle if required. Additional fees, if applicable, for review time will be applied at the conclusion of the first review cycle. If the project requires a formal resubmittal a new date would be selected, and review fees would apply.

Current Express Review fees can be found on the Development Services Fee Guide.

Overview of Express Review Process

The Express Permitting Process is an expedited commercial plan review in which project managers, design professionals and trade plan reviewers are present and work together. This optional, face-to-face service is for applicants seeking permits following the review.

Projects eligible for Express Review:

Building

  • New Construction*
  • Additional
  • Alteration
  • Change of Use
  • Interior Completion

*These projects must meet specific scheduling thresholds prior to scheduling an Express Review. Review the thresholds.

Site - All projects MUST complete one round of Standard Review before being eligible for Express.

Site Review Permits

  • Mass Grading
  • Recorded Map Blueline

Scoping Review - These reviews not considered formal reviews and will not result in plan or permit approval.

Projects Currently not Eligible for Express Review:

  • Institutional occupancies
  • Hazardous-use facilities
  • Single-family residential
  • Townhomes
  • Group housing
  • Preliminary Site Review

Next Steps

To schedule your Express Review please visit our online calendar at www.RaleighExpressReview.com.

Cancellation Policy

Reviews that are cancelled or rescheduled fifteen (15) or more business days prior to the review will not be charged a fee.

Reviews that are cancelled or rescheduled between five (5) and fourteen (14) business days prior to the review will be charged a $250 fee.

Reviews that are cancelled or rescheduled less than five (5) business days prior to the review will forfeit deposit. 

Fees

Current Express Review fees can be found on the Development Services Fee Guide.

Use this Fee Calculator to obtain an estimate of Building and Trade Permit Fees.