Site Accessibility, Travel Lane and Sidewalk Closures
These are permits that are issued when work is proposed in the public right of way. Construction projects that affect property owned or controlled by the City, such as streets, sidewalks and parking lanes, generally require Right-of-Way Permits. Commercial projects that involve closing traffic or parking lanes for more than 30 days must have City Council approval.
Multiple City departments are involved in issuing Right-of-Way Permits.
The Inspections Department issues Right-of-Way permits for projects that require pedestrian tunnel construction. Contact Steve Luxton 919-996-2183, Tom Baird 919-996-2187 or Charles Hill 919-996-2188 for questions regarding the following permits:
- Retaining walls
- Construction site safeguards for pedestrians
- Covered walkways (pedestrian sidewalk re-routing)
- Construction fencing
Public Utilities Department
Public Works Department
The Public Works Department issues permits for:
- Temporary street closures involving parking lanes - Contact Sherry Beville at 919-996-3030 located at Raleigh Municipal Building 222 W. Hargett Street, 4th floor, Raleigh NC. Most projects requiring parking lane closure for less than four weeks do not require City Council approval. If expected project duration requires parking lane closure to extend beyond four weeks, please allow 6-8 weeks for City Council approval.
- Temporary street closure permits - Contact Terry Phinizy or Brandon Watson at 919-996-4043 located at Raleigh Municipal Building 222 W. Hargett Street, 4th Floor, Raleigh NC. Lane closures that do not completely close the street can be approved administratively by staff and do not require City Council approval
- Driveways - Contact Rene Haagen at 919-996-2483. Reviews of site and plot plans cover these elements: driveway locations and quantities, thoroughfare conflicts, parking lot layout, dumpster operation and placement, traffic signing, striping and control devices, vehicular stacking space areas, parking structures and internal traffic circulation details. See Driveway Cuts for information regarding right-of-way permits for residential driveways.
Transportation Field Services Division
- Street Cut Permits
- Pedestrian Street Crossing
- Sidewalk Access and Closures
- Barricade enforcement
- Handicap accessibility
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department issues:
- Tree Impact Permits for activities affecting trees on City property and rights-of-ways. This includes activities such as planting, removal, pruning, trenching, boring, excavating, filling, fertilizing, treating for disease or insects, installing decorations and planting.
Approvals or Permits Issued
Permit to commence with proposed work in the Right-of-Ways
|Required for Submittal|
For commercial projects, submit documents to the Development Services Customer Service Center. Applications for Right-of-Way Permits associated with Commercial Building projects may be submitted in advance or as part of the Building Plans Submittal Package.
|Required for all projects|
|Required for some projects|
- Accommodating Pedestrians in Work Zones - Type III Barricades Brochure
- N.C. State Building Code Section 1104 (Accessible Route); Section 3306 (Protection of Pedestrians)
- ANSI A117.1 Accessible and Useable Buildings and Facilities
- Call NC 811
- 2003 Edition of the MUTCD with Revision
- 2003 Edition Rev. 1 Change List
Expected Processing Time
Same day as requested, often 30 minutes
Six to eight weeks for street closures requiring City Council approval
Obtain other applicable site permits.