How To Finish An Enclosed Space

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Important Notice:

The processes below may have changed due to COVID-19. Please visit our Planning and Development information page for the most up to date processes and procedures.

Before you start construction to finish an enclosed space in your home, you must obtain the proper permits from the City of Raleigh. Permits are required whether you are doing the work yourself or employing a contractor. The work also must pass inspection to ensure that the project complies with all applicable construction codes. Below is a helpful step by step process for enclosing a space on your home.

Before Getting Started

There are a few important things to review prior to submitting your permit application:

  1. If you are a homeowner acting as the contractor for your project, the Homeowner Exemption Affidavit is required.
  2. Is your home located in a historic district or designated as a Raleigh historic landmark? If so, you are required to submit a Certificate of Appropriateness to the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC). Approval from the RHDC is required prior to submitting your permit application.
  3. If you have requested a variance, it needs to be approved by Board of Adjustment, if applicable.
  4. If you property contains a private well or septic services, you may need approval from Wake County prior to applying with the City of Raleigh. Visit the Wake County Private Well and Septic Permit information page.
  5. You should have a legally recorded map at the Durham or Wake County Register of Deeds
  6. Your property may be subject to Residential Infill Compatibility standards. Learn more about residential infill development and verification.

What You'll Need

This type of project falls under the category of Minor Permitting. Please visit this page for what is required, including how and where you can submit your application for this project.

Scheduling an Inspection

Inspections should be scheduled via a registered account on the Permit and Development Portal.

Fee Information

The City of Raleigh Development Fee Schedule is available online for information regarding specific fees. Fees can be paid at either of our locations using cash, Mastercard, Visa, or check may payable to the City of Raleigh. You can also make payments online via the Permit and Development Portal. 

Project Turnaround Times

View information on project turnaround times.



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