Homestays give Raleigh residents the opportunity to provide lodging to local area visitors. A homestay operator may provide up to two guest rooms in their home for no longer than 30 days for compensation.

Beginning Monday, August 19, 2019 residents interested in operating a homestay can submit a homestay application and supplemental documents at either Downtown Raleigh or North Raleigh Development Services office.

Full details on the requirements for operating a homestay are now available online.

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The City of Raleigh is undertaking a study to gather information and make recommendations on construction of new residential houses within existing neighborhoods. The study will result in the development of policies and guidelines for infill development. The initial step in this process is to conduct a community survey to identify existing issues and opportunities around infill development. In September we will host a public meeting followed by a council presentation in October. The recommendations will be posted to the web for public comment period with the final recommendation going to council early 2020.

Please take a few minutes to complete our survey between now and Sept. 30. For additional information and to sign up for any updates on the Infill Development Study please visit our webpage.


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A tutorial video for how to schedule and cancel inspections in the permit portal is now available for users. The video provides a step by step view of how to navigate this process in a registered account.

A few important notes about inspections:

  1. Inspections can be cancelled or rescheduled via the Permit and Development Portal at any time until the day of. If you need to cancel/reschedule an inspection the day of, please email [email protected] as soon as possible.
  2. A reinspection fee will be charged for any inspection that is cancelled or rescheduled the day of. 
  3. Your inspector information will be available in your portal account the morning your inspection has been scheduled. Please check your account on the day of for this information.
  4. We are not able to provide the exact time your inspector will arrive. Please plan accordingly. 

If you are experiencing technical issues with the Permit and Development Portal, please complete the Portal Help Form (pdf) and email it to [email protected]

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A new Portal Help Form is available for Development Services customers who may be experiencing technical issues with the Permit and Development Portal. This form provides all information needed for staff to more quickly assist those who submit it.

The completed form can be submitted:

  • Via email to [email protected] ; or,
  • In-person at the Development Services Customer Service Center (One Exchange Plaza, 4th floor, Downtown Raleigh)
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If you have an active development project with the City of Raleigh, don’t forget to register for the Permit and Development Portal. Why register?

  • Review project status, comments, and inspection results;
  • Schedule inspections;
  • Apply for some stand-alone simple permits; and
  • Pay fees.

Click here to view a tutorial video on how to register. A Spanish tutorial video is also available.

Technical Issues

Experiencing technical issues with the permit portal? Send us an email at [email protected] or visit our Downtown Raleigh office in One Exchange Plaza (4th floor) for in-person assistance.

Account Access and Authorization

A form is now available to assist you with granting third party access to your development projects. Click here for more information and instructions on how to submit this form.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information about the Permit and Development Portal, including answers to frequently asked questions, please visit

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A form is now available to assist you with granting third party access to your development projects. This form ensures protection of your account and that access is authorized for only specific individuals. Click here to download the form.

To authorize account access, all parties need to be registered in the Permit and Development Portal. The authorization form should be submitted via email to [email protected] from the email address of the primary account holder.

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    Raleigh, NC 27602
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    8320-130 Litchford Road
    Raleigh, NC 27615
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