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"Day care, home" is an in-home facility providing care, protection, and supervision of children or adults on a regular basis away from their primary residence. "Day care, home" is a limited use in residential properties zoned R-1, R-2, R-4, R-6, and R-10 (Unified Development Ordinance).



A home day care must obtain approval from the City of Raleigh prior to starting operation (Unified Development Ordinance Chapter 6)

  1. The day care must be carried out by a resident of the structure as either a sole proprietorship or a corporation that is wholly owned by residents of the structure, or a partnership where all partners are residents of the structure.
  2. The use of any accessory building or accessory structure for a day care is not allowed.
  3. Any outdoor play equipment stored throughout the day and night shall not be permitted in the front yard area nor shall it be situated closer than 15 feet from any adjoining lot containing a dwelling.
  4. No person, other than members of the family residing on the premises, shall be engaged or employed. This shall not apply to a substitute non-resident person providing care on the premises while the owner/operator is sick or otherwise unable to provide care.
  5. No more than eight persons shall be cared for at any given time.
  6. Must comply with all state and local standards.

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • "Day care, home" permit

Submittal Requirements

Type Description
Required for Submittal
  • "Day care home" application
  • Site plan drawn to scale showing parking, playground area, principal structure, accessory buildings, and other site information
  • Submittal packages should be hand delivered to:
    Development Services Customer Service Center
    One Exchange Plaza, Suite 400
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Submittal packages can also be delivered by mail to:
    City of Raleigh
    Development Services Customer Service Center
    One Exchange Plaza, Suite 400
    PO Box 590
    Raleigh, NC 27601
Required for Some Projects
  • Landlord approval, if the applicant is not the property owner

Expected Processing Time

Approximately 48 business hours.


  • Zoning permits are a minimum fee permit. Please see the Development Fee Schedule.
  • The permit fee is paid at the end of the process when the permit is picked up.

Next Steps

After approval from Development Services, an Inspection / Fire Watch Request is required from the Office of the Fire Marshall.



Lead Department:
Permits and Inspections
Service Categories:
Zoning Permits



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