Code Interpretation

How to get interpretations of regulations, codes, and ordinances.

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During the development review process it is not uncommon for applicants to have questions about regulations, codes, or ordinances related to their project. If you have questions you should direct them to the staff person conducting your review or their immediate supervisor.

Contact information for a review staff member is typically provided with the “Corrections Report” associated with the review.

Request for Interpretation

Requests for a formal written interpretation of specific UDO provisions can be made by completing the Request for Interpretation Form (pdf).  The applicant, and subject property owner if other than the applicant, will be notified in writing of the Zoning Administrator's decision.

Should you find that you have a question pertaining to:

  • The NC building code; or,
  • The NC fire code

You may contact the following as appropriate:
Seth Langdon, Chief Building Inspector
Steve Berry, Assistant Fire Marshal

Field Interpretations

To request a field interpretation contact the appropriate trade group supervisor listed below. Field interpretations will be resolved by the next business day.

Contact Title Office Phone Mobile Phone
Steve Berry Fire New Construction Supervisor 919-996-5972 919-796-9731
Seth Langdon Chief Building Inspector 919-996-2693 919-796-7268
Jim Scerenescko Chief Electrical Inspector 919-996-2447 984-296-7642
Dick Flowers Chief Mechanical & Plumbing Inspector 919-996-2449 919-278-6187

Official Zoning Code Interpretations

Section 10-2101(b)(2) Cluster unit development
UI-1-13 Site access | Grace's landing
UI-1-14 Non-conformity determination | Hanson quarry
UI-2-14 Height & neighborhood transitions
UI-3-14 Zoning non-conformities | Manufactured homes
UI-4-14 Oberlin Village NCOD height
UI-5-14 Off-premise signage
UI-6-14 Cluster unit development regulations
UI-7-14 Street facing entrance
UI-8-14 200 E. Six Forks Road parking structure
UI-9-14 Infill regulation schedule
UI-10-14 2021 Prescott PI | S-5-14
UI-11-14 3500 Horton Street lot creation
UI-12-14 Definition of story
UI-13-14 DX district
UI-1-15 Tree conservation
UI-2-15 MP-1-12 Master Plan
UI-3-15 Vehicular surface area landscaping
UI-2-16 Student housing as an accessory use to a school in an R-1 zoning district
UI-4-16 OX zoning 15% retail limitation
UI-6-16 Preliminary site plan
UI-7-16 1522 Jones Franklin Road Hand of Hope operation
UI-9-16 Build-to requirements
UI-1-17 Multi-unit housing
UI-2-17 Stormwater tree conservation areas
UI-3-17 Building wall height
UI-4-17 Amenity area
UI-5-17 Section 9.1.4.B typos
UI-6-17 Gable height
UI-7-17 CX3-PK zoning amenity area
UI-8-17 Alleys
UI-9-17 Tree conservation area
UI-10-17 Building massing and step backs
UI-11-17 NCOD regulations
UI-12-17 TCA, frontages, & subdivision design
UI-13-17 3014 Churchill side gables
UI-14-17 1604 Jarvis Street
UI-15-17 Setback encroachment
UI-1-18 TCA & frontages subdivision
UI-2-18 TCA & easements
UI-1-20 1522 Jones Franklin Road Use Classification



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