Residential Certified Review

Last updated Nov. 03, 2014 - 8:48 am

Certified Review is available for residential structural plans that have been fully sealed by a design professional who affirms that all structural sheets and details conform with the North Carolina Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings. This includes architectural, structural, truss layout, schematics and I-joist layout.

This process bypasses a general building plans review. It includes a review of Zoning Plot Plan and administrative issues.

If your project is not eligible for Certified Review, other residential plan review options are available. These include Standard Review - Residential and Redi Review.


  • Legally created lot with an established address, contractor licensing validation and public improvement compliance.
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, if house is to be built in a historic district
  • NC Department of Transportation driveway or encroachment permits, if the property is on a state road
  • Variance approved by Board of Adjustment, if applicable
  • Annexation Petition if the project is outside the City limits and you wish will tap onto City water and sewer

Approvals or Permits Issued

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Building
  • Building for site accessibility and retaining walls over five feet in height
  • Right-of-Way (driveway and site)
  • Zoning
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, if house is to be built in a historic district
  • Flood, for property within a flood hazard area
  • Land Disturbing, if applicable
  • Stormwater Tracking, if applicable
  • Tree Conservation
  • Neuse River Buffer, for property within the Neuse River buffer watershed
  • Other permits and approvals as required for a particular project

Submittal Requirements

Required for Submittal

Submit plans to the Inspection Department Litchford Satellite Office.

  • City of Raleigh Permit Application
  • Two copies of plot plan, signed by a NC professional land surveyor
  • Two paper sets of plans and one copy of electronic plans
  • Additional set of paper plans if submitting a NFPA 13D Multi-Purpose, or "Combination," Fire Sprinkler System
  • One And Two Family Log Sheet (doc) (pdf)
  • Certified Plan Review Checklist (doc) (pdf)
  • Certified Plan Statement. must be superimposed onto the plans.

Required for Some Projects

Additional Information

Expected Processing Time

Four business days for initial review cycle

Four business days for subsequent reviews


Next Steps

Schedule all applicable inspections.

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