Street Name Changes

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This is a process by which
names of existing city streets are changed at the request of citizens. This
process requires the review and approval of both the City of Raleigh
Planning Commission and the Raleigh City Council.
The City Council makes the final decision to approve street
name changes.

Why should a street name be

• Street name duplications
may be carryovers from historical street names or may be due to new road
construction, or to realignment, connection of roads that were previously
separate, or disconnection of existing roads that previously formed one
continuous route

• There may be cases where a
street name is desired by adjoining property owners. Unless there is a public
purpose to be served, requesting a name change is not encouraged, for it
requires considerable cost to the residents and to service providers such as
the City and private utility companies


Street names must be approved
before a change can be made. If a street name has not been established, a New Street
Name Application
must be submitted for approval. The new street
name must be unique on a Wake County wide basis and cannot duplicate another street
name or approximate the phonetic pronunciation of that name within Wake County.
Emergency service response (i.e. law enforcement, fire services, EMS, etc.) and mail delivery can be affected by duplicate
names in different locations.

Approvals or Permits Issued

Approval by City Council

Submittal Requirements

Type Description
Required for Submittal

Submit documents
to the Development Services Customer Service Center.

Additional Information

If the reason for a street name change is
to eliminate or reduce problems associated with a street address or to
facilitate emergency service delivery, then the City will initiate and process
the street name petition.

If the City is initiating the
process and has not received a petition from one or more of the adjoining
owners, the Planning staff will notify all affected property owners and tenants
to solicit suggestions for a unique county-wide street name. Upon receipt of
the responses, the Planning staff will review them for duplications, and
resurvey the affected property owners and tenants to determine the most
acceptable names from among the non-duplicate suggestions.

Once an acceptable name is determined, Planning staff will draft a
recommendation to be forwarded to the Raleigh Planning Commission for
review and consideration. If one or more property owners have submitted a
petition, it will accompany the recommendation.

The Raleigh Planning Commission will forward this
recommendation to the Raleigh City Council for
consideration. If the staff survey or the petition submitted by a property
owner reflects 100% property owner agreement with the proposed street name,
then the Raleigh Planning Commission will make a recommendation to
the City Council to adopt a resolution changing the name of
the street to the proposed name without the necessity of a public hearing.

If there is not 100% property owner agreement with the proposed street name,
the Raleigh Planning Commission will make a recommendation to
the Raleigh City Council
to adopt a resolution of intent authorizing a public hearing. A notice will be
sent to all affected property owners and tenants, and the hearing will be
advertised in the legal section of the newspaper. At the public hearing, City
Council will either adopt a resolution changing the name and
set an effective date, deny the request, or send it to a City Council
committee for further discussion.

Once the City Council changes a street name, when does it become
effective and who does the City notify?

In most cases the effective date will be either the July 1 or January 2
following City Council action. In many instances, after
communication with residents and property owners, an effective date agreeable
to all parties can be reached. In some instances, the adopted street name
change resolution by Raleigh
City Council will
require a plat with the old and new street names on it to be recorded at the Wake
County Register of Deeds

The City will notify the local utility companies, all City of Raleigh
Departments, Wake County Government, North Carolina Department of
Transportation -Division of Highways, local utility companies, U.S. Postal
Service, residents and property owners of the street name change and the
effective date set by Raleigh City Council in the resolution changing the
street name. The individual property owners must notify all other parties.
Parties to notify may include the Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security
Administration, banks and credit card companies, as well as others whom may
regularly send mail to the previous address.

Expected Processing Time

This process takes approximately eight (8) to ten (10) weeks.
After receiving the necessary documents, city staff will conduct a review to
determine the effect of the closing on utility lines in the right-of-way, the
need to keep the street open for general circulation, and if any person will be
denied access to their property due to the closing.

A staff recommendation is made to the City Manager
about whether to hold a public hearing or not. If the City Manager adopts the
staff recommendation not to hold a public hearing, the applicant is informed,
and may appear before City Council to request authorization for a hearing on
the closing. If the City Manager adopts the staff recommendation to hold a
public hearing, he makes a recommendation to the City Council to hold a

If City Council elects to hold a public hearing, they will adopt
a resolution of intent which authorizes the City Clerk to advertise as
specified by law and notify the abutting property owners of the date, time and
place of the public hearing. The City is also required by law to post two signs
in the area of the closing serving notice of public hearing. Following the
public hearing, the City Council will make a decision or refer the item to a
committee for further discussion before final action.

If the City Council adopts a resolution to close the street or
alley, then the petitioner will be assessed by the City of the cost of
advertisement - less the filing fee - and be required to record a plat
officially closing the street at the Wake County Register of Deeds Office
within one year of the City Council action date. The plat may include easements
for utilities that are to be reserved as well as making note of other
conditions that may be attached to the closing, such as maintaining the entire
closed area as a shared driveway. Other conditions such as building an
appropriate turnaround on a dead-end street before the plat is recorded may be
possible. The petitioner will be responsible for the cost of surveying and
recording fees.

All closed right of way is split evenly between property owners
adjacent to the street or alley being closed resulting in a new property line
down the center line of the closed roadway unless other arrangements are made
by the affected property owners.

This process takes approximately six (6) to eight (8) weeks.


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