Building a Screened-in Porch, Deck, or Balcony

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Before Getting Started What You'll Need Scheduling an Inspection Deck Brochure (PDF) Fee Information

If you are planning to add a screened porch, deck, or balcony to your home, you must obtain the proper permits before you start construction. 

The project also must be inspected by the City. This ensures that projects are safe, comply with building codes, and helps protect your property value as well as your neighbors’. 

It can be a costly mistake to add a screened porch, deck, or balcony without obtaining permits and inspections. 

If you sell your house, you will be required to get permits and inspections before closing on the sale, which may require the finished work to be torn out costing you time and money.

Before Getting Started

If the structure is in a historic district or designated as an historic landmark, you may need a Certificate of Appropriateness before proceeding with your project. 

What You'll Need

Complete the Residential Permit Application and Residential Plot Plan Checklist.

Small sites undergoing development or redevelopment may need to meet additional Stormwater requirements.

You can submit your required documentation:

  • In person to our Litchford Road Satellite Office, located at 8320 Litchford Road, Suite 130 in North Raleigh
  • In person to the Development Services Customer Service Center located on the 4th floor of One Exchange Plaza in Downtown Raleigh.

Scheduling an Inspection

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

Deck Brochure (PDF)

Download our Deck Brochure for everything you need to know before building an attached or self-supporting deck for your home.

Fee Information

Permit fees are due when permits are issued. 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 pay online via the Permit and Development Portal.



Planning + Development Customer Service Center

Litchford Road Residential Office

Lead Department:
Permits and Inspections
Service Categories:
Development Services Customer Service CenterResidential Permits

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