As the City of Raleigh continues to grow you may have heard the term "infill" used when referring to projects in your neighborhood. Residential infill development often occurs in neighborhoods throughout the city. It can also occur on vacant parcels within previously built areas. Residential infill accommodates and encourages compatible development in existing residential neighborhoods, while reinforcing the established character of the neighborhood and mitigating adverse impacts on adjacent homes.
This page is here to assist applicants with the residential infill development requirements in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).
NOTE: These residential infill development standards may also apply to non-residential projects.
How Do I Know if My Property is Residential Infill?
It is strongly recommended that an applicant verify the infill status of their property prior to submitting a permit application. Failing to verify the infill status will result in review process delays.
There are two ways to find out if infill applies to a property:
- Submit an Infill Verification Request via the Permit and Development Portal to determine if a property is subject to residential infill compatibility standards. A status letter indicating the property is or is not subject to infill will be provided via email after the Verification Request is processed. *Please note there is a $45 fee for this service.
- Review the Residential Infill applicability standards of UDO Section 2.2.7.B.
What is Required if My Property is Subjected to Residential Infill?
Residential infill development is subject to setback, side wall height, and building height regulations that differ from those of the property's designated zoning district.
Infill and the UDO
Section 2.2.7 of the UDO contains details on residential infill compatibility. The intent of this information is to accommodate and encourage compatible development in existing residential neighborhoods. It also assists with reinforcing the established character of the neighborhood while protecting impacts on adjacent properties.
Other Helpful Resources
The following information may also be helpful for residential infill projects:
Unified Development Ordinance
Adopted Text Changes
Text Change Cases
How to Get a Residential Permit
How to Get a Commercial (Non-Residential) Permit