Non-Residential Alteration or Repair

How to Get a Minor Permit for a Non-Residential Project


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Before You Start Your Project Projects that Do Not Require Plans Projects that Require Plans When + Where To Submit Paperwork Expected Processing Time for Projects Fees Monitor Your Project Additional Helpful Information


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.


This page will help you navigate the permit process non-residential projects such as apartment buildings, condos, schools, restaurants, churches, mixed-used, and other commercial buildings. Some of these projects may require plans when you submit your permit application. It is important to note that upon review, staff may determine that more information is needed for your project.

NOTE: Email submittals will only be accepted for minor alterations and repairs that DO NOT require plans.

Before You Start Your Project

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

  1. 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 may be required prior to submitting your permit application. 
  2. If your property contains a private well or septic services, you may need approval from Wake County prior to applying with the City of Raleigh.
  3. Your property may be subject to Residential Infill Compatibility standards. Click here to learn more about residential infill development and verification.

Projects that Do Not Require Plans

Projects that fall under this category MUST submit a non-residential permit application. The projects listed in this section can be submitted in-person or via email.

These lists are not inclusive of all project work types.

Work Type Description/Examples
Alterations + Repairs
  • add a short wall (less than six feet)
  • siding
  • windows (add or repair)
  • doors (move or repair)
  • roofing
Replacements
(replacing existing with new) 
  • Electrical
    • switches, receptacles, fixtures, etc.
  • Plumbing
    • toilets, sinks, etc. 
  • HVAC units
Temporary Power Boards Temporary electrical board for construction

Projects that Require Plans

Projects that fall under this category MUST submit a non-residential permit application, as well as the required documentation listed below. The projects listed in this section are NOT ELIGIBLE FOR EMAIL SUBMISSION.

These lists are not inclusive of all project work types.

Work Type Description Additional Required Documents
Demolition Any removal/demolition to an existing structure
  • Pre-construction meeting (contact Seth Langdon to schedule)
  • Site plan
Fences
  • A zoning permit is required when a fence is installed on any property
  • A building permit is required when the fence is over six feet
  • Site plan
  • Structural plans are required if the fence is over six feet
Generators Replacement
Plumbing Utility Installation of water, irrigation, and/or sewer services Please visit the Water + Sewer Service Connection page for more information.
Service Upgrade Electrical service upgrade
  • Electrical power plan
Vehicle Charging Station (single unit) Single car charging station
  • Site plan
  • Electrical power riser plan
  • Cut sheets for charging station
Zoning Permits for Businesses Please visit the zoning permits page for more information on what is required for your project.  

When + Where To Submit Paperwork

Please submit your application and all necessary paperwork to:

Planning and Development Customer Service Center
One Exchange Plaza | Suite 400 | Downtown Raleigh
Applications are accepted Monday thru Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Resubmittals are accepted until 4:30 p.m.

If you're project does not require plans, your application is eligible for acceptance via email: downtownDS@raleighnc.gov

 

Expected Processing Time for Projects

Please click here to download information on our standard review times.

Fees

The Development Fee Schedule can help you estimate the cost of your project.

Monitor Your Project

The Permit and Development Portal is a great way to manage your project activity online. Once you have registered an account, you are able to view your project work flow, pay fees, or schedule inspections.

Visit our permit portal help center for a list of frequently asked questions and a direct link to the portal.

Additional Helpful Information

It is important to know that depending on the scope of work, one or more inspections may be required before a final approval is granted. For more information on the inspection process, click here.

Need assistance or have questions about your project? Please contact the Development Services Customer Service Center:
By phone: 919-996-2495
Via email: ds.help@raleighnc.gov