Green Raleigh Review

A convenient way to make land development more environmentally friendly

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Green Raleigh Review is a plan review process specifically for adding green stormwater infrastructure and energy efficient practices to a developed site. This process works with site review, bundled site review, and building plans express commercial review.


  • You're assigned to a City plan reviewer who will work directly with you on your site plans;
  • You get feedback and support from the “Green Team" - stormwater, transportation, urban forestry, public utilities, and development services experts; and,
  • You receive reimbursement for sketch plan and express review fees.

Site Review

There are two site review options through Green Raleigh Review:


1. A prerequisite sketch plan review

2. Green stormwater features included in plans that capture and absorb stormwater runoff, like:

  • Bioretention/rain gardens;
  • Green roofs;
  • Permeable pavement;
  • Features in the right-of-way;
  • Credits for planting existing and proposed trees; and,
  • Directing stormwater runoff from the sidewalk to natural or permeable area.

3. Calculations that show the volume of stormwater runoff leaving a site after development is less than or equal to the volume of runoff before development for the 90th percentile storm event. This is collected in the preliminary site plan phase and the level of detail required may vary depending on your site and the GSI practices that you use.

4. All site review documents should be submitted electronically by either disc or flash drive (preferred) and delivered to the Development Services Customer Service Center on the 4th floor of One Exchange Plaza.

5. The fees for these final review processes can be reimbursed:

  • Sketch plan review; 
  • Concurrent mylar signature review; and,
  • Plat mylar signature review. 

Fees are reimbursed after final mylar review and approval. A reimbursement request and proof of final approval should be sent to

Bundled Site Review Process (Only)

This site review process includes a preliminary site plan, concurrent review, and plat/recorded map review. The preliminary, concurrent plans, and permitting are handled in one continuous process , which may reduce overall review cycles compared to the standard site review processes.

The time it takes for these site review processes to be completed may vary based on the project details (i.e., the complexity of the project and applicant engagement, in addition to the number of corrections, comments, and permitting requirements).

Building Plans Express Commercial Review

Site plans must be approved to qualify for this express commercial review.

This express commercial review process allows you to use green stormwater practices and green building energy practices, like geothermal systems, photovoltaic panels, and/or solar thermal panels on your site.

While this commercial review is voluntary, it allows you to get building plans approved more quickly and encourages you to include environmentally friendly elements in new and re-development.  

Prior to submitting plans through this express review, major projects must go through one of the following:

  • One standard commercial review cycle; or,
  • A building comments-only review.


  1. A pre-submittal conference is required.
  2. Stormwater volume matching for your site plan and energy efficient elements, such as green roof or solar panels, are required for your building plans.