Residential Zoning Codes in Wake County NC - Make Sure You Can Build What You Want to Build

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What Does Zoning R-10 Mean on that Listing?

Basic Residential Zoning Types in Wake County, NC

If you've spent any time looking at land or lots, you've probably wondered what those different values mean.  What's an R-10 or an R-40?  Here's a quick guide to basic residential zoning codes in Wake County, NC.

raleigh nc residential zoning codes R-10 building a home in raleigh NCResidential-80W District (R-80W)

Land that is zoned R-80 (W) is rated for very low density residential development.  Only one residence is allowed per every 2 acres.  This type of zoning applies only to land that is within the watershed of an existing or planned source of public drinking water.

Residential-40W District (R-40W)

The R-40W zoning allows low density residential development, or one home per every 40,000 square feet.  An acre is 43,560 sq ft, so this is just about 1 home per acre.  R-40W zoning applies to land that is in a watershed, but beyond the critical area.

Residential-80 District (R-80)

R-80 zoning is nearly identical to R-80W, except the land is outside of a watershed area.  Such land may be divided into a "cluster subdivision" with homes on lots of 40,000 sq ft, but then an equal amount of land must be set aside within the subdivision as open space.

Residential-40 District (R-40) 

R-40 zoning is again the same as R-40W, except this land is outside of a watershed. 

raleigh nc residential zoning codes R-10 building a home in raleigh NCResidential-30 District (R-30) 

R-30 zoning is low density residential.  Each lot, on average for the subdivision, must be 30,000 sq ft, or .69 acres.

Residential-20 District (R-20) 

Any division of land into separate building lots must be approved by the Planning Board as part of either a lot-by-lot subdivision - where each lot contains at least 20,000 square feet of land area - or a cluster subdivision - where lots may be reduced to as small as 6,000 square feet in area if at least 10% of the subdivision site is set aside as permanent open space, but the number of lots may not exceed the site acreage times 2.17 lots per acre.  This is low to moderate density residential development.

Residential-15 District (R-15)

Any division of land that is zoned R-15 must average 15,000 sq ft per lot, or about .344 acres per lot.

Residential-10 District (R-10)

You may have guessed by now, but an R-10 zoning means moderate-density residential development, with an average lot size of 10,000 sq ft, or .23 acres.

Need more details?  Click here to read more about Wake County NC Zoning Districts. 

Why is it Important to Understand Residential Zoning?

If you're looking to build two or more homes on a particular piece of land, you'll need to be aware of residential zoning requirements. 

You may also want to be aware of current zoning for land around the lot or neighborhood you're looking at, to get an idea of what your future neighbors might be like.   

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Great Post!!  I will share with my Agents!!

Sep 17, 2008 04:45 AM #1
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Brian - glad to be of help.
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