​Under State law, any "subdivision" proposed in Wake County's planning jurisdiction must first be approved in accord with County subdivision regulations and review procedures. The term "subdivision" generally refers to any division of a parcel of land for the purpose of sale or building development (whether such sale or development is immediate or future). The following land divisions, however, do not fall within State laws and the Unified Development Ordinance's definition of "subdivision" and are, therefore, exempt from the County subdivision regulation and review:

  1. The division of a tract or parcel of land already in single ownership whose entire area is no greater than two acres into not more than three lots, when no road right-of-way dedication is involved and the resulting lots are equal to or exceed the standards in the Unified Development Ordinance
  2. The division of land into parcels greater than 10 acres apiece where no right-of-way dedication is involved
  3. The combination or recombination of portions of previously subdivided and recorded lots where the total number of lots is not increased, the resulting lots are equal to or exceed the standards in the Unified Development Ordinance, and no nonconformities are created
  4. The division of land into cemetery plots
  5. The public acquisition by purchase of open space parcels or strips of land for the widening of or opening of streets or the establishment or widening of greenway or rail corridors, or reserved conservation parcels.

Note that qualification for several of the exemptions requires compliance with lot standards in the Unified Development Ordinance. Thus, any persons considering the division, combination or recombination of parcels should first contact Subdivision Administration staff to determine whether such action is a subdivision or is exempt from County subdivision regulation.

Note: State law requires any plat showing the division, combination or recombination of parcels of land located in Wake County's planning jurisdiction to be certified either as approved in accord with County subdivision regulations or as exempt from such regulation before the plat can be recorded with the Wake County Register of Deeds. Any plat purported to show a land division exempt from County subdivision regulations must first be submitted to, reviewed by and certified as exempt by County Subdivision Administration staff before it may be recorded.

Exempt Subdivision Plat Application

Improvement Permit Application

Exempt plat review fee is $100, payable when the map is submitted.

For more information about subdivision regulation, contact:

Wake County Zoning and Subdivision Administration.....919-856-6216
336 Fayetteville St., PO Box 550
Raleigh, NC 27602-0550
FAX: 919-856-5824

Subdivision Administration staff are located at the Permits/Plans Review Center, Mall level, Wake County Office Building, 336 Fayetteville St., Downtown Raleigh.