Zoning Compliance Permits
LEASING AN EXISTING TENANT SPACE
For all business owners who wish to lease a space in an already developed building, there are several steps that need to occur before you open your doors for business. First, you will need to determine if your business is allowed in your desired location. Excellent resources to begin your research are Wake County iMAPs and the Town of Knightdale Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). To determine if your business would be permitted at the desired location, use iMAPs to determine the zoning of the property and then cross reference the zoning with the UDO's Use Matrix in Section 2.3(C).
Once you have determined that the use is permitted, you must complete and submit a Zoning Compliance Permit application to the Town of Knightdale Development Services Department for review and approval. Depending on the use, modifications to the tenant space may be required and you would need to apply for a building permit. If you desire to make changes to the exterior of the site, contact the Development Services Department to discuss those modifications and determine what approval process is required.
If you desire either an exterior wall sign or a monument sign, please click here to review the process and ordinances.
**Please note that this process is different for new businesses locating in newly constructed buildings. Please reach out to Senior Planner Current at 919-217-2243 for additional information.
If a home occupation is the best option for you at this time, it is necessary to determine whether or not your particular use is permitted as a home occupation. Prior to operating a small, accessory business from your home, please contact the Town of Knightdale Development Services Department to determine if a home occupation is permissible. Home occupations are regulated by the Town of Knightdale Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and depending on your proposed business, it could also be regulated by other local, state or federal agencies as necessary.
If permitted, it will be subject to additional standards, which are available here. Please also check with the property owner, property manager or Homeowners' Association (HOA) to determine if they will allow you to operate a home occupation from your residence.