Before You Start Your Project Application Submission Approvals or Permits Issued Key Steps in the Process Mailed Notification Requirement Submittal Requirements Expected Processing Time for Development Projects Fees
An Administrative Site Review (ASR) is a Tier Two or Tier Three Site Plan as described in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Section 10.2.8. ASR's are administratively approved by city staff before approvals and permits can be processed for construction, development activity, or other work that does not qualify as a Tier One Site Plan, which is reviewed through the Residential Permit or Non-Residential Permit review process.
Before You Start Your Project
Is the use allowed?
The project must be zoned in a district that allows the proposed use. The zoning district can be found by using the City of Raleigh Zoning Map, and permitted uses by zoning district can be found in UDO Section 6.1.4.
Site Plan Tier Verification
The Site Plan Tier classification should be identified prior to submitting for review of any proposed development activity. The Site Plan Tier impacts which UDO regulations are applicable to a development proposal. For more information about Site Plan Tiers see UDO Section 10.2.8.B.
If assistance determining a Site Plan Tier is needed a Site Plan Tier Verification request can be submitted online via the Permit and Development Portal. (Note: There is a fee for this verification service.)
A Sketch Plan Review is recommended prior to submitting your Administrative Site Review. Sketch Plan Review is a voluntary, paid service in which applicants meet with a multi-departmental team of reviewers to discuss site plan design.
Verify that the parcel(s) are properly recorded at the Wake County Register of Deeds Office with an assigned PIN (parcel identification number) and address.
Approvals or Permits Issued
An entitlement or approval of an Administrative Site Review in accordance with the UDO, Chapter 10 will be provided once all applicable regulations and policies have been met. No permits are issued.
Modifications to an Approved Site Permit Review Plan or Administrative Site Review Plan
Changes to an approved SPR or ASR must be evaluated by Staff prior to undergoing the intake process review. Please follow the Modifications to an Approved Site Plan Application Packet for guidance.
Key Steps in the Process
- Applicant submits required information and related documents to the Planning and Development Customer Service Center.
- Based on complexity, projects may be assigned to a Coordinating Planner to act as the point of contact and assist with managing the project through the process.
- Plans are reviewed by a team of staff with expertise in planning, transportation, urban design, comprehensive planning, transit, stormwater, utilities, fire, zoning, forestry, and greenways. Additional staff may be involved, depending on the type and location of the project. The team reviews plans in accordance with regulations in the Unified Development Ordinance as well as other policies, procedures, and regulations in the Comprehensive Plan, Public Utilities Handbook, Street Design Manual, Stormwater Design Manual, and Solid Waste Handbook.
- If the review results in unresolved issues, the applicant must resubmit for review.
- When all issues are resolved, an approval letter documenting the action of the site plan with any conditions of approval is provided.
- If the project includes land disturbance 12,000 sq ft or greater, requires public improvements, or a new recorded map, then see Site Permit Review for more information.
Mailed Notification Requirement
Unsealed, stamped, and addressed envelopes need to be submitted with your plan application. It is a requirement that mailed notice be provided to all property owners within 100 feet of all sides of the subject property. Each envelope should contain a letter with information about your project. An infill notification letter template (see below for template) is available to download in order to assist with this requirement.
The City of Raleigh Label Maker is a helpful resource that can be used to identify addresses within 100 feet of the subject property.
Effective 5/2/19, ASR’s meeting the following criteria will have to provide the notice listed above:
Administrative Site Review projects meeting the following criteria are required to send mailed notice to all property owners within 100 feet of all sides of the subject property.
- New buildings greater than 25,000 square feet, or additions that represent a 10% increase in building area or 25,000 square feet, whichever is greater; AND,
- The subject property is located within 100 feet of a property that is zoned R-1, R-2, R-4, R-6, or R-10.
Mailed notification requires:
- One copy of a list of all property owners and tenets within 100’ of the subject parcel(s) with address and PIN of each property (obtain from iMaps)
- One copy of a map (obtained from iMaps) showing all properties within one 100’ of the subject property
- Stamped, unsealed envelopes addressed to all property owners and tenets within 100’ of the subject parcel(s), each containing:
- One copy of a completed notification letter (download template)
- A site plan of the proposed project
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Expected Processing Time for Development Projects
Please see our development review turnaround times.