Encroachments

How to request the placement of permanent or temporary items in the public right-of-way.


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What is a Major Encroachment? What You'll Need for a Major Encroachment Encroachments for Lawn Irrigation Minor Encroachment - Private Use of Public Spaces Encroachments for Pole Banners Encroachments on NCDOT Roads

The encroachment process is available for customers that request the placement of structures or temporary items in the public right-of-way. The right-of-way includes, sidewalks, streets, and street shoulders. Applications must be submitted approximately one month before the requested Council date. 

What is a Major Encroachment?

Major Encroachments are permanent assets or structures that are installed in the public right-of-way. Major encroachments require City Council approval, following staff review. Permits for the installation are issued after Council approval.

    What You'll Need for a Major Encroachment

    Required documentation for this process are only accepted via the Permit and Development Portal. Please note document must be submitted in a single PDF file. 

    Requirement

    Description
    Documentation

    A single PDF file containing the following:

    After your encroachment is approved by City Council, you must provide two copies of the executed Encroachment Agreement (PDF) to:

    Right-of-Way Services
    Attn: Lenny Wallace 
    Exchange Plaza, Suite 500
    Raleigh, NC  27601

    Alternatively, encroachment agreements may be submitted electronically (Docusign, Adobe). Please contact Lenny Wallace for more information on electronic submittal.

    Encroachments for Lawn Irrigation

    An encroachment is necessary for anyone (residential and non-residential) that wishes to install an irrigation system within the public right-of-way.

    Required documentation for this process are only accepted via the Permit and Development Portal. Please note document must be submitted in a single PDF file. 

    Requirement Description
    Documentation

    A single PDF file containing the following:

    Residential encroachments for lawn irrigation are approved by staff. Non-residential encroachments are approved by Council.

    After your encroachment is approved, you must provide two copies of the executed Lawn Irrigation Encroachment Agreement to:

    Right-of-Way Services
    Attn: Lenny Wallace 
    Exchange Plaza, Suite 500
    Raleigh, NC  27601

    Minor Encroachment - Private Use of Public Spaces

    The Downtown PUPS regulations were first adopted by the City Council in 2007 and amended once in 2008. The current regulations apply to specific Downtown limits only. Citywide outdoor seating and pushcart vending ordinances have been adopted and those supersede PUPS regulations for those uses citywide.  Information for submittals can be found on the Private Use of Public Spaces page.

    For additional information please contact the Planning and Development Department at 919-996-2682.

    Encroachments for Pole Banners

    Pole Banner displays promote events or activities in areas throughout the City. The message must represent or promote a cultural or community activity of the general public’s interest or a special event. Banners shall not be used for political parties, issues, or candidates, or to advertise or promote any type of service or sale for any commercial business.

    Requirement Description
    Documentation
    • Pole Banner Application completed and signed
    • Application Fee
    • Maintenance Security in form of Revolving Bond, Escrow, or Letter of Credit
    • Map showing location of proposed banners
    • Signed maintenance agreement between organization and installation company
    • Approval letter from utility pole owner for installation on the pole(s)
    • Approval letter from NCDOT for banner(s) installed on a State maintained road
    • Right-of-Way Performance Bond
    • General Liability Insurance

    NOTE: Documentation must be submitted at least ten business days prior to placement must include:

    Where to Submit

    Right-of-Way Services
    Attn: Lenny Wallace 
    Exchange Plaza, Suite 500
    Raleigh, NC  27601

    Encroachments on NCDOT Roads

    Any major encroachment on NCDOT roads in Raleigh  requires an encroachment from NCDOT. If you have an NCDOT encroachment, you do not need one from the City of Raleigh. Once the NCDOT has granted encroachment approval, you can then apply for all permits for construction, and street, lane and sidewalk closures in Raleigh.

    Contact

     

    Lenny Wallace
    Right-of-Way Reviewer
    lenny.wallace@raleighnc.gov

    Lead Department:
    Permits and Inspections
    Service Categories:
    Streets and SidewalksResidential PermitsNon-Residential Permits