Accessory Structures and Additions

Learn more about requirements for one- and two-family additions and accessory structures.


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Before You Start What You'll Need Review Turnaround Time for Development Projects Fees

As a homeowner, you may one day find yourself building an addition or accessory structure to your home.

Accessory structures include but are not limited to:

  • Detached garages and carports
  • Storage sheds and gazebos
  • Greenhouses
  • Pool houses

Additions include but are not limited to:

  • Adding new space to an existing structure
  • Adding to the footprint
  • Adding a second floor
  • Enclosing a garage
  • Attached mother-in-law suites
  • Sunrooms
  • Dormers

Before You Start

What You'll Need

Applications and additional documentation must be submitted via email to DowntownDS@raleighnc.gov. 

  Description
Required for Submittal

Plans must be drawn to architectural scale and submitted with the permit application. The Addition + Accessory Structures Checklist is a helpful guide for this submittal process. 
Minimum allowable scale: 1/4 inch = 1 foot

Required for Some Projects
  • Wake County Well and Septic permits, if applicable

Note: When the seal of a design professional is required, the seal must include a dated, wet signature of the design professional. 

Review Turnaround Time for Development Projects

Click here for a breakdown of projects and review times.

Fees

  • Fees must be paid prior to permit issuance. See Development Fee Schedule for specific fees
  • Payments can be made online via a registered account in the Permit and Development Portal. They can also be paid in-person at either customer service location.

Contact

 

Planning and Development
Customer Service Center
919-996-2500

Lead Department:
Planning and Development
Service Categories:
Permits - Residential

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