Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)
The Unified Development Ordinance, or UDO, contains most local regulations concerning the use and development of land and buildings, including zoning, subdivision, stormwater, and natural resource conservation. The UDO was adopted in 2013.
The UDO is updated via text changes.
City Council may amend the City Code, or laws of the City, through text changes to address new development trends or to correct issues with existing language in the code. These changes are also known as text amendments.
Citizens, City staff, and members of City Council can request changes in the City Code. City Council must hold a public hearing before amending the code.
Find adopted text changes here.
The City of Raleigh implements Character Preservation Overlay Districts in targeted areas to supplement the base zoning districts. Overlay districts are meant to achieve a specific purpose, such as preservation of existing neighborhood built characteristics, protecting public safety and welfare, or conserving natural areas.
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CoR Planning and Zoning: A service unit responsible for planning and visioning for the future growth of Raleigh.
CoR Planning and Development is responsible for permitting and inspections for residential and non-residential development projects.