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The Raleigh City Council has scheduled public hearings for the following times and dates. The hearings will be a part of the regularly scheduled City Council meeting that date. Use web form below to sign up to speak. Web form will only be posted when agenda is finalized and sign up period has begun.

Public Hearing Process 

Note: For rezoning Public Hearings, registering to speak does not guarantee the opportunity to do so.  

The UDO provides that at the public hearing, those in favor of the rezoning will be allowed a total of 8 minutes to explain their support and those opposed to the rezoning will be allowed a total of 8 minutes to explain their opposition. The amount of time allotted to each speaker will be determined based upon the number of persons who are signed up to speak. Therefore, registering to speak does not guarantee the opportunity to speak, due to these limitations. If you want to make sure that your position is communicated to the City Council, proponents and opponents are encouraged to choose one or two spokespersons and/or present their concerns in writing prior to or within 24 hours following the hearing.

Written Comments

Because the upcoming City Council meeting will be an electronic Webex event meeting and to allow staff time to assist citizens in preparing for such a meeting format, persons wishing to speak during Public Comments must sign up in advance using the online form below or call the Clerk’s office at 919-996-3040, no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting.  The web form will appear on this page when the sign up window is open. Please send presentations to

Written Public Comments can be submitted to the City Clerk's Office, PO Box 590 Raleigh, NC 27602, or via email to, up and until 1 hour prior to the meeting. All written Public Comments timely received will be read into the record or summarized during the Public Comment period.  Copies of the written comments will be provided to the Council members at or before the meeting.  Others can be obtain copies from the Clerk upon request.


Various public hearings have been carried over from a previous City Council meeting. Anyone desiring to speak at a public hearing must sign up for each meeting where a specific hearing is scheduled; previously submitted requests to speak are not valid for subsequent meetings. Web form will be active at the bottom of this web page once agenda is finalized and sign up period has begun.

Public Hearing Deadlines for Council Meetings:
Deadlines to sign up to speak: 5 p.m. the Friday before council
To send presentations:

5 p.m. the Thursday before council

To send written comments:

24 hours following the public hearing

Upcoming Public Hearings

For more information regarding a request to speak at a public hearing, please contact the City Clerk's office at or 919-996-3040.


Jan. 19

  • Public Nuisance Abatements
    - 1000 Bunch Drive
    - 5617 Deblyn Avenue
  • Petition Annexations
    - 3732 & 3851 Louisbury Road
    - - 951 & 1001 Corporate Center Drive
    - 4022 Ebenezer Church Road

Feb. 2

  • STC-14-2020 - Sawyer Road
  • STC-15-2020 - Mulberry Street Alley
  • Petition Annexation
    - 5000 Beckhom Street
  • Z-24-19 - Raleigh Beach Road PD (Held open from 1/5/21)
  • Z-29-20 - 320 & 328 West South Street

March 2

  • Petition Annexation
    - 6125 Buffaloe Road (Re-scheduled from 10/6/20)

Sign Up to Speak at Public Hearing


The State of North Carolina, Wake County, and the City of Raleigh have all declared States of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cooper has also imposed Executive Orders which are intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus by, among other things, requiring individuals to remain in their homes except when engaging in certain activities, and prohibiting any gatherings which do not comply with their terms.

The various in-person meetings and hearings regularly held by the Raleigh City Council, as well as the multiple City appointed boards and commissions (collectively “City Boards”), generally involve the physical attendance of the Council or City Board members, who in turn encourage physical public participation and input during those meetings. It is not uncommon for meetings to have a large attendance which could make compliance with the Executive Orders and currently recommended social distancing practices impossible. 

The General Assembly has approved the use of remote meetings during the statewide COVID-19 state of emergency pursuant to Session Law 2020-2, N.C. Gen. Stat. § 166A-19.24.  The remote meetings of the City Council and the City Boards will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of that statute. 

Citywide COVID-19 Information

Quasi-Judicial Evidentiary Hearings

Please visit Quasi-Judicial Evidentiary Hearings at City Council for information and to obtain information on current cases.

Z-13-20 Downtown South

The Raleigh City Council has called a Special Meeting on December 15 at 7:00 P.M. to conduct a public hearing on Rezoning Case Z-13-20, Downtown South, located northeast, northwest, and southeast of the South Saunders Street and I-40 interchange with frontage on Maywood Avenue, Gilbert Avenue, Green Street, Penmarc Drive, South Saunders Street, Walker Street, Bluff Street and South Wilmington Street. (District D).

The hearing will be for a two (2) hour period and, pursuant to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), equal time will be allotted for those desiring to speak in support of the rezoning request and those that oppose the rezoning request.

Following staff presentation of the rezoning request, Council will hear from the applicant, followed by those in support of the rezoning request. Next, the Council will hear from those opposed to the rezoning request. 

It is anticipated that not everyone desiring to speak will be heard due to the time limitation.  Persons representing a group or organization may wish to consider appointing one spokesperson, who may be allotted additional time to speak on behalf of that organization.

Advance sign up is required to speak to the City Council. Sign-up to speak during this meeting closed at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 11.



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