Accessory Structures and Additions

Learn more about requirements for one- and-two-family additions and accessory structures.


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Before You Start What You'll Need Review Turnaround Time for Development Projects Fees

As a homeowner, you may one day find yourself building an addition or accessory structure to your home.

Accessory structures include but are not limited to:

  • Garages and carports;
  • Storage sheds and gazebos;
  • Greenhouses; or,
  • Pool houses.

Additions include but are not limited to:

  • Adding new space on an existing structure;
  • Adding to the footprint;
  • Adding a second floor;
  • Enclosing a garage;
  • Attached mother-in-law suites;
  • Sunrooms; or,
  • Dormers.

Before You Start

What You'll Need

Applications and additional documentation must be submitted via email to DowntownDS@raleighnc.gov. 

  Description
Required for Submittal

Plans must be drawn to architectural scale and submitted with the permit application. The Addition + Accessory Structures Checklist is a helpful guide for this submittal process. 
Minimum allowable scale: 1/4 inch = 1 foot
Minimum allowable sheet size: 8.5 x 11

Required for Some Projects

Note: When the seal of a design professional is required, the seal must include a dated, wet signature of the design professional. 

Review Turnaround Time for Development Projects

Click here for a breakdown of projects and review times.

Fees

  • Fees must be paid prior to permit issuance. See Development Fee Schedule for specific fees
  • Payments can be made online via a registered account in the Permit and Development Portal. They can also be paid in-person at either customer service location.

Contact

 

Planning and Development
Customer Service Center
919-996-2500

Lead Department:
Planning and Development
Service Categories:
Permits - Residential

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