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    Knightdale ranks in Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities in North Carolina with a population that has more than doubled since 2000.  With the growth, the Knightdale community has experienced improved prosperity for business development and new housing options --- making it a great place to live, work and play.

  • About Us - Knightdale, NC

    Knightdale is located in eastern Wake County, just minutes away from Raleigh, North Carolina’s state capital. The Town is home to nearly 16,000 residents with a robust transportation system to support our emerging business base. Incorporated in 1927, Knightdale's jurisdiction covers approximately 17.85 square miles.   We are a vibrant and youthful community located in one of the fastest growing regions in the country.

    Being strategically located just east of Raleigh and close proximity to the Research Triangle Park area, the Town of Knightdale is well-positioned for continued growth and development.  Knightdale enjoys strong population growth, easily out-pacing the county, state, and nation. Knightdale’s growth ranks 11th among North Carolina’s 553 incorporated cities and towns. Over the past five years, the Town has added an average of 545 new residents each year. Residents are relatively young, with more than 58% under the age of 40. Higher household incomes reflect a highly educated population. More than 40% of Knightdale’s residents age 25 and over have earned a bachelor’s or advanced degree.  

    Knightdale ranked in Money Magazine's Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2017 based on healthy economy, affordable homes and a high quality of life.  One of the fastest growing suburbs of Raleigh, Knightdale has experienced improved prosperity for business development, new residential homes and entrepreneurial businesses starting something new --- making it a great place to live, work and play.

    Knightdale strives to be a Safe, Transparent, Active, Green, and Engaged Community (STAGE).  According to the National Council for Home Safety Security, Knightdale was named among the top 15 Safest Tows in 2018.  Knightdale's 2035 Comprehensive Plan states the vision of the downtown area as the heart of the community with plans to create a striving mix of businesses and homes. Committed to preserving a sense of a well-connected community, the Town of Knightdale strives to create interconnected green spaces that conserve these areas, provide recreational linkages, protect water quality and quantity, and celebrate nature as a centerpiece of the Town’s identity and sense of place.

    Learn more detailed information about Knightdale from our 2018 Data Sheet. (PDF)
    The Quick Fact Data Sheet (QFDS) is an annual publication of the Town of Knightdale's Planning Department that assembles a brief sampling of facts and statistics from various sources about the health and vibrancy of the Town. 

    Additional Resources

    We are committed to providing access to valuable resources to new residents, citizens, business owners and the community-at-large.  The following resources are provided to assist in your development-related needs.

    Knightdale Interactive Project Map
    An interactive project map of currently approved developments for Town of Knightdale.

    Building Permit Fee Schedule
    Fee schedule for Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019)

    2018 Meeting Schedule and Submittal Deadlines (Town Council and Land Use Review Board)
    Information for Zoning, Special Use Permits, Variances and Appeals


    Business Permits and Licenses

    A Zoning Compliance Permit is required for all new businesses locating within an existing or newly built structure prior to occupancy. That permit and similar zoning permits can be found on The Town of Knightdale website - Zoning Compliance PermitApplications and Fees, When Permit Is Required     

    The NC General Assembly no longer gives authority for local governments to levy a privilege license tax on businesses, so businesses operating within Knightdale are no longer required to renew or obtain a privilege license. The new law took effect July 1st, 2015 after lawmakers passed S.L. 2014-3/House Bill 1050.

    Thrive in NC, a section of the N.C. Department of Commerce, has details on business resources including state licenses, permits and regulatory requirements (North Carolina has no single business license covering all requirements).

    The professional Planning and Development Services staff of the Town of Knightdale Planning staff is committed in helping your business or development flourish in our community. Be sure to check out their website for up-to-date information on development-related needs in Knightdale.