Infrastructure Surety

Learn more about the process for securing public improvements in the right-of-way.


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General Information Step 1: Submitting an Infrastructure Estimate Posting a Surety | Step 2: Submitting the Surety Packet Posting a Surety | Step 3: Review & Execution of the Surety Agreement Expected Processing Time Surety Release

Development projects in Raleigh may require public improvements in the right-of-way (such as street trees and street and sidewalk construction). A surety is a way to secure funding for these public improvements.

For reference, please see Section 8.1.3 of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).

General Information

The City accepts sureties in the form of:

  • Letter of Credit;
  • Performance bond;
  • Certified check; or, 
  • Cash

A letter of credit or performance bond should be for a minimum term of two years, plus one two-year renewal, if needed.

Step 1: Submitting an Infrastructure Estimate

Before posting a surety the amount to be secured has to be determined with an approved estimate. Clients may create an estimate with this Infrastructure Surety Estimate Template or submit their own Surety estimate. This estimate can be submitted through the Permit and Development Portal as part of a Development Plan (ASR or SUB) case at any time prior to recorded map or building permit submittal. For submittal, please check your sub-records on your portal account for the case and follow the application steps.

Residential Projects

Your surety should be posted prior to recording your map. The estimate amount should reflect the total construction cost of all remaining public infrastructure required per the approved construction drawings.

  • Submit your estimate to the Permit and Development Portal for review
  • The estimate should be completed by a licensed professional (i.e. Engineer, Architect, or contractor)
  • The applicant will receive confirmation if the estimate is acceptable and may then proceed to STEP 2
  • NOTE: Projects submitted prior to September 1, 2013 are subject to a different process, and must contact the Engineering Specialist via the Infrastructure Surety Mailbox

COMMERCIAL PROJECTS
Your surety should be posted prior to recording your map or obtaining your building permit issuance, whichever occurs first. The amount of the estimate should reflect the total construction cost of all proposed public infrastructure, per the approved construction drawings.

  • The estimate must be sent to the Permit and Development Portal for review.
  • The estimate should be completed by a licensed professional (i.e. Engineer, Architect, or contractor). 
  • The applicant will receive confirmation if the estimate is acceptable and may then proceed to STEP 2

Posting a Surety | Step 2: Submitting the Surety Packet

With the surety amount known, please include the following in the submittal packet:

Surety packets can be delivered:

  • Via FedEx
    • Development Services Dept., ATTN: Debbie Wyatt, One Exchange Plaza, Suite 500, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • In-person
    • One Exchange Plaza, 5th Floor, Downtown Raleigh

Incomplete submittal packets will not be processed. 

Posting a Surety | Step 3: Review & Execution of the Surety Agreement

Upon receipt of the submittal packet, the Engineering Specialist will route all documents to the City Clerk's office, City Manager's office, and City Attorney's office for review and execution. If changes to the agreement are required, the Engineering Specialist will contact the specified representative. Revised agreements will be returned immediately.

Note: At any point during the life of the project, the City reserves the right to withdraw any active permits or hold Certificates of Occupancy as needed to ensure that sureties and associated agreements are adequate and in good standing.

Once the agreement is executed by the City, the Engineering Specialist will send a copy to the contact person for their record.

Expected Processing Time

The average time to process a surety is three weeks.

Surety Release

After public improvements are completed, the surety is released. 

Contact

 

Debbie Wyatt
Engineering Specialist
debbie.wyatt@raleighnc.gov

Lead Department:
Permits and Inspections
Service Categories:
Land DevelopmentStreets and Sidewalks

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