Recorded Map Review

Also known as Plat Review

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A recorded map is a legal instrument referred to in deeds and other legal documents. A recorded map shows the configuration of a parcel of land, including boundaries, easements, roads, rights-of-way, and other significant features. Maps may be related to a preliminary subdivision per Section 10.2.5.F. or Section 10.2.6.

The Recorded Maps Review Process ensures that plats are recorded in the Wake County or Durham County Register of Deeds Office:

  • The plat meets state and local regulations;
  • Accurately reflect approvals associated with Preliminary Subdivision Plans, Recombinations, Administrative Site Reviews, or Master Plans that may precede them;
  • Establishes boundaries and addresses that affect the construction of buildings on the property.

A staff review officer coordinates review and approval. The review may be a single track or a multi-track.

Single track – Certain maps typically require review by Planning and Development and no more than one other department. These include boundary surveys, exempt maps, recombinations, tree conservation areas, transit easement maps, and right-of-way dedications not related to an approved or pending development plan.

Multi-track - A map related to an approved development plan, subdivision, site plan or master plan typically requires review by Planning and Development and at least two other departments.


  • Applicants for recorded maps require Preliminary Subdivision Plan approval or Administrative Site approval (if applicable) prior to plat review submittal.
  • Some maps require prior approval of Site Permit Review (SPR) drawings under the conditions of approval for subdivisions or site plans.
  • Approved Site Permit Review (SPR) drawings and required copies shall be submitted to the Planning and Development Department prior to plat review submittal.
  • If legal documents (such as the Transit Easement Template) are required to be approved prior to staff signing off on the preliminary plat, they must be submitted to

Approvals or Permits Issued

City of Raleigh signed maps approved for recordation at Wake or Durham County Register of Deeds and must be done within 14 days of signatures.

Key Steps in the Process

  1. The applicant submits the map to the Planning and Development Customer Service Center. A licensed North Carolina professional land surveyor must prepare, stamp, and seal a map for recording. Consult a surveyor well in advance of the need to record the map. For maps that required approval of legal documents related to an approved preliminary subdivision, the legal documents are required to be submitted with the recorded map.
  2. Plans are reviewed in accordance with the Unified Development Ordinance and North Carolina state statutes. Maps receive a technical review by staff in Planning and Development and other departments.
  3. The use of public rights-of-way may require the approval of an encroachment agreement by the City Council.  
  4. The applicant is notified by telephone to pick up the marked-up copy and comment sheet at the Planning and Development Customer Service Center.
  5. After the map receives final approval, the applicant is notified by telephone and may pick up the map at the Planning and Development Customer Service Center.
  6. Once mylars are signed by the review officer, the applicant receives approval to record the plat in addition to any required legal documents at the Wake County Register of Deeds Office. Both recorded maps and legal documents must be recorded within 14 days of City approval to record. Legal documents are required to be recorded within 1 business day of the plat recordation in accordance with Section 10.2.5.f.5 of the Unified Development Ordinance. If the applicant does not record the plat within 14 days, the mylars of the plat must be resubmitted to the coordinating review officer. The officer ensures that no changes have been made and reauthorizes the recording, starting another 14-day window to record.
  7. The applicant receives one mylar from the Wake County Register of Deeds Office. The Register of Deeds keeps a copy, and the City of Raleigh obtains the third copy.

Submittal Requirements

Type Description
Required for Submittal
  • Recorded Map Application
  • Fee (see Development Fee Guide)
  • Applications, plan sets, and supporting documents will be accepted via email as separate PDF files only.
    • Plan sets (combined) must be one PDF file. Plans must be the same sheet size.
    • PDF is the only accepted file format.
    • If multiple supporting documents are required, each document must be its own PDF file.
  • Submit to (Original submittal as well as resubmittals).
Required for Recorded Map Mylars (RCMP) Submittal Only
  • A general appointment must be scheduled online and the following items must be provided (NOTE: If all four of these items are not submitted at the same time, the submittal cannot be processed and another appointment must be scheduled):
    • Three sets of physical mylar copies signed by the property owner(s).
    • One written response to all outstanding comments.
    • One digital copy of signed mylars and the written responses (in PDF format) on a flash drive (required since not all reviewers view physical copies).
    • A form of payment at the time of submittal (check or debit/credit card).
Required for Some Projects

Expected Processing Time

10 business days for all legal docs


Next Steps

Return all recorded maps and related recorded documents to Planning and Development.



Current Planning Team
phone: 919-996-2492


Lead Department:
Planning and Development
Service Categories:
Land / Site DevelopmentPermits - Zoning

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