Administrative Site Review

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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.)

Pre-application Discussion

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.

Application Submission

Use the Administrative Site Review Packet to determine the drawings and supporting documentation they need to be submitted to start the review process. 

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

  1. Applicant submits required information and related documents to the Planning and Development Customer Service Center.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If the review results in unresolved issues, the applicant must resubmit for review.
  5. When all issues are resolved, an approval letter documenting the action of the site plan with any conditions of approval is provided.
  6. 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

Administrative Site Review projects meeting the criteria below are subject to UDO Section 10.2.1.C.1 and UDO Section 10.2.8.D.1.d, where all property owners and tenants within 100 feet of all sides of the subject property are notified of the development by mail.

  • 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 submittal requires:

  • One copy of a list of all property owners and tenants within 100’ of the subject parcel(s) with address and PIN of each property (obtain from iMaps)
  • One copy of a map (obtain from iMaps) showing all properties within one 100’ of the subject property
  • Stamped, unsealed envelopes addressed to all property owners and tenants within 100’ of the subject parcel(s), each containing:
    • One copy of a completed notification letter (download template)
    • A map of the development

The applicant shall comply with the mailed notice requirements for multi-tenant properties except if the individual mailing addresses of tenants in any multi-tenant properties are not readily available. The multi-tenant property shall be posted with a sign in accordance UDO Section 10.2.1.C.4.f

The notices are to be packaged and mailed to the following address for processing: 

Planning and Development Dept.
Attn: Jeff Caines (Senior Planner)
One Exchange Plaza, Suite 400 
Raleigh, NC 27602

Submittal Requirements

Type Description
Required for Submittal
Required for Some Projects

Expected Processing Time for Development Projects

Please see our development review turnaround times.




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