Newsrack art displayed on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh


A newsrack is defined as a self-service, container or other dispenser used for distributing of newspapers or additional printed material. Newsracks are often placed on City sidewalks. Use of such newsracks requires a Private Use of Public Spaces permit.

How to Apply

Step  Description 
1. Review Hospitality Guide  

Review the hospitality programs planning guide to learn about necessary requirements. Not sure if you qualify for a newsrack permit or do you have questions? Reach out to us

2. Gather Required Documents Gather the following documents in order to apply: 
3. Register and Submit Documents 

Register or login to your Permit and Development Portal account, apply for Newsrack Permit, and submit all documents for approval.

4. City Review & Notification 

The City will review submissions and reach out with any comments or feedback. An electronic Indemnity Agreement will be sent by staff upon review of submitted items for DocuSign signature. The fee will be charged after completion and review of all requirements before the City will issue your permit.



Lead Department:
Emergency Management and Special Events
Service Categories:
Hospitality Programs