Commercial Express Review


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Online Scheduling Prerequisites Approvals or Permits Issued Key Steps in the Process Additional Information Expected Processing Time for Development Projects Fees Next Steps

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.

The following projects are eligible for Express Permitting:

  • New construction*
  • Addition
  • Alteration
  • Interior completion (fit-up)
  • Change of use
  • Mass grading
  • Concurrent
    • Concurrent mylar
  • Recorded map
    • Recorded map mylar
  • Preliminary Development Plan 
  • Building Comments Only*

            *Projects must meet established thresholds: Review Here.

The following project types are considered on a case-by-case basis for Express Permitting:

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

Online Scheduling

To schedule your Express Review online, go to Raleigh Express Review.

Prerequisites

These items must be complete and submitted at least five business days prior to the review:

  • Recorded Map approved and filed with the Department of City Planning and the Wake County Register of Deeds.  This applies to right of way dedication, tree conservation areas or other requirements that are to be conveyed through a recorded map. If a recorded map is not required to meet a code requirement, a copy of the current survey in addition to the property description on file with the Wake County Register of Deeds is acceptable
  • Approved Concurrent Site Review
  • NC Department of Transportation driveway or Encroachment Permits if property abuts a state road
  • Security or letter of credit in the amount of 1.25 times the cost of public improvements and applicable stormwater devices

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Building
  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Land Disturbance
  • Neuse River Buffer
  • Stormwater Tracking
  • Watershed
  • Zoning

Key Steps in the Process

Complete the Express Review Scheduler online.  

Please arrive at or before the scheduled review time to ensure a timely review

Meeting participants must check in at the front desk of the Development Services Customer Service Center. All design professionals required to attend must be present or the review will be rescheduled and the deposit will be forfeited.

Review staff will meet before taking the plans to their workstations to begin their review. Reviewers will report back following this initial review. In some cases, the review may be conducted in the conference room.

If additional time is needed, the review will continue after a lunch break lasting from noon to 1 p.m. Reviews end at or before 4 p.m.

Expected Processing Time for Development Projects

Click here to download our standard review times.

Fees

Building plan review or re-review with site review (new buildings and additions):

  • $1,500 for a minimum of one hour
  • $375 per additional 15-minute increment

Building plan review or re-review without site review (alterations and interior completions):

  • $900 for a minimum of one hour
  • $225 per additional 15-minute increment

Concurrent and Concurrent Mylar:

  • $900 for a minimum of one hour
  • $225 per additional 15-minute increment

Recorded Map and Recorded Map Mylar:

  • $900 for a minimum of one hour
  • $225 per additional 15-minute increment

Cancellation fees:

  • 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
  • The Development Services Customer Service Center processes payments
  • Payment types include cash, MasterCard, Visa or check made payable to the City of Raleigh

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

Next Steps

  • Approved plans are held at the Development Services Customer Service Center for no longer than 10 business days
  • If the Express Review results in unresolved issues or excessive redlines, a re-review is necessary prior to permit issuance
  • View project review comments online in the Permit and Development Portal
  • Contact the Scheduling Coordinator to schedule a re-review. All follow-up reviews must continue in the Express Permitting path
  • All revisions must be clouded on the plans so that changes are easily discernible. A transmittal letter listing unresolved issues and how they were corrected must be stapled to the top left corner of each set of plans. Re-review of plans without a transmittal letter and clouded revisions will be rejected. A one-hour minimum review fee will be charged and the re-review will be rescheduled, if rejected.
Lead Department:
Development Services
Service Categories:
Express Services Non-Residential Permits