Residential Standard Review

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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.

Residential Standard Review is a full structural review of one and two-family dwelling construction projects. This is the process most often used by builders of new single-family homes and duplexes.

Individuals wishing to build a single-family residential plan design more than one time, or submit a set of fully sealed structural plans may use the Certified Review process to submit.

Before You Begin Your Project

The following information is important to review before submittal:

  • Is the project on a legally created lot with an established address? 
  • Have you validated your contractor licensing and public improvement compliance?
  • If house is to be built in a historic district you may need a Certificate of Appropriateness,
  • You may need NC Department of Transportation driveway or encroachment permits if the property is on a state road
  • Variance approved by Board of Adjustment, if applicable
  • Annexation Application (pdf) if the project is outside the City limits and you wish to tap onto City water and sewer

Submittal Requirements


Type Description
Required for Submittal
  • Submit plans to the Development Services Department’s Litchford Satellite Office
  • City of Raleigh Permit Application (located at the top of the Forms Directory in the "Most Popular Selections" box).
  • Two copies of Plot Plan, signed and sealed by a North Carolina licensed surveyor (Residential Plot Plan Checklist)
  • Two paper sets of plans and one copy of electronic plan - City of Raleigh will retain one set for official records
  • Additional set of paper plans if submitting a NFPA 13D Multi-Purpose, or "Combination," Fire Sprinkler System
  • One and Two Family Log Sheet (pdf)
  • Standard Residential Review Requirements (pdf)
Required for Some Projects


Use this Fee Calculator to obtain an estimate of Building and Trade Permit Fees.

Next Steps

Schedule all applicable inspections.