Fees-in-Lieu and Infrastructure Reimbursements

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Fee-in-Lieu Infrastructure Reimbursements

As part of the subdivision and Administrative site plan review processes, infrastructure improvements may be required to bring adjacent infrastructure up to City of Raleigh and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) standard.  As part of the engineering review process for subdivisions and site plans, a determination will be made whether to require construction of the necessary improvements or to require a fee-in-lieu of construction.


When a fee-in-lieu of construction is required, an estimate will be calculated for the necessary improvements based upon the Development Fee Schedule and provided to the applicant. This determination may be done during the review process in accordance with the UDO Section 8.1.10.

These fees are required to be paid prior to recordation of a plat during subdivision review or prior to issuance of building permits for Administrative site plan review.

Infrastructure Reimbursements

When construction of infrastructure improvements is required, the owner or developer is responsible to meet maximum improvement responsibilities based upon the classification and size of the development for the following infrastructure:

  • Greenways;
  • Minor Utility Lines;
  • Streets; and,
  • Stormwater Infrastructure.

In some cases, the required improvements may exceed the maximum responsibility of the owner or developer; in this case, any required improvements exceeding the owner or developer's responsibility, in accordance with Article 8.6 of the UDO, the owner or developer is eligible for reimbursement based upon the Development Fee Schedule.

Reimbursement application packets are presented for City Council approval twice a year. Applications must be submitted to the Engineering Review group by the deadlines indicated below:

Application Deadline Presented to City Council
June 1 July
November 1 January

Upon approval of the reimbursement by the City Council, the owner or developer will enter into a reimbursement contract with the City of Raleigh Finance Office at which time the payment terms and conditions will be agreed upon.



Rene Haagen
Senior Transportation Reviewer

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