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Visiting the Legislative Complex

Do you have travel directions to the Legislative Complex in Raleigh?
FROM West/Northwest I-40 US 70
I-40: Take exit 289. This becomes Wade Avenue. As Wade Avenue ends, exit right onto Capital Boulevard South towards downtown. After Capital Boulevard becomes Dawson Street, turn left on Jones Street. The Legislative Building will be located 2 blocks away on the left.

US 70: US 70 becomes Glenwood Avenue. Stay on Glenwood to Wade Avenue. Cross the overpass and exit on Wade Avenue East. As Wade Avenue ends, exit right onto Capital Boulevard South towards downtown. After Capital Boulevard becomes Dawson Street, turn left on Jones Street. The Legislative Building will be located 2 blocks away on the left.

FROM Northeast US 64 US 1 and US 401
US 64: Continue on New Bern Avenue (inbound New Bern Avenue becomes Edenton Street) to the intersection of Edenton and North Wilmington. Turn right onto North Wilmington Street. Turn left at the second traffic signal onto Lane Street. The Legislative Office Building will be on your right, the Legislative Building will be on your left.

US 1 and US 401: Continue on Capital Boulevard South towards downtown. After Capital Boulevard becomes Dawson Street, turn left on Jones Street. The Legislative Building will be located 2 blocks away on the left.

FROM East/ Southeast I-40 US 70 US 70
US 70 merges into US 401. Continue north and stay right on South Wilmington Street. You will pass the State Capital Building on your left. The Legislative Building will be located 2 blocks away on the left.

I-40: Exit I-440 West. Proceed to the South Saunders Street exit and exit right. Travel north on South Saunders Street, which becomes McDowell Street. Continue on McDowell to Jones Street. Turn right on Jones Street. The Legislative Building will be located 1 block away on the left.

FROM South/ Southwest US 1 and US 64/US 401 US 1 and US 64
Exit onto I-440 East and proceed to South Saunders Street. Exit at South Saunders Street and go north on South Saunders Street, which later becomes McDowell Street. Continue on McDowell to Jones Street. Turn right on Jones Street. The Legislative Building will be located 1 block away on the left.

US 401: Continue north and stay right on South Wilmington Street. You will pass the State Capital Building on your left. The Legislative Building will be located 2 blocks away on the left.

Is there a map of the Legislative Complex?
Here is a link to a map showing the State Legislative Building, the Legislative Office Building, the Capitol, and many other State Government buildings as well as visitor parking lots.

Where do I park when I visit the Legislative Complex?
Public parking is available in three visitor's lots. Visitor's lot #1 is located at the corner of Jones Street and Wilmington Street. Visitor's lot #2 is located in the 300 block of North Salisbury Street and can also be accessed from the 300 block of North McDowell Street. Visitors lot #3 is located at the corner of Edenton and McDowell Streets. Rates are charged by the hour and the parking lots are controlled by the Department of Administration. Other city owned lots and private lots are available throughout the downtown area. Public spaces are available on some of the streets in the area of the Legislative Complex but parking is limited to Members and authorized staff on the streets adjoining the Legislative Complex. Visit the State Parking Division website for more information and State Parking maps.

Is the Legislative Complex accessible to persons with special needs?
Here is a link to information about the accessibility of the State Legislative Complex

What food services are available in the Legislative Complex?
The Legislative Building has both a Cafeteria and a Snack Bar (both located in the basement). The cafeteria is open to the public from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm Monday-Friday year round. The Legislative Building Snack Bar is open from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday-Friday year round with extended hours when the Legislature is in session.

The Legislative Office Building has a Snack Bar located on the first floor. The Snack Bar is open to the public from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday-Friday year round.

Are tours of the Legislative Building available?
Tours of the Legislative Building are offered through the State Visitors Services and by calling the Legislative Building. All tours begin at the Legislative Information Desk. Brochures are available there. Tour guides lead a 30 minute tour for scheduled groups; and information will be provided for self guided tours. Building hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am until 5:00 pm; Saturday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. For more information call 919-733-7929.

Who is allowed on the floor of the Senate?
Members of the Senate, members of the House of Representatives, staff of the General Assembly, staff of the Lieutenant Governor, Judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Superior Courts, the Governor and members of the Council of State, former members of the General Assembly, and persons particularly invited and extended the privileges of the floor by the Presiding Officer shall be admitted to the floor of the Senate during its session. Former members of the Senate who are registered lobbyists are not admitted to the floor of the Senate while the Senate is in session.

Who is allowed on the floor of the House?
Members of the House and Senate, the officers of each Chamber, permanent employees of the General Assembly who have been issued identification tags, former members, Sergeant-at-Arms staff, pages, and reporters are allowed on the House floor while the House is in session.

Are visitors allowed to attend sessions of the Senate and House?
Yes. Public galleries are accessible from the third floor of the State Legislative Building. No passes are required, but on opening day and ceremonial days seating may be limited. Visitors are seated on a first come basis. No smoking is permitted in the Legislative Complex. Photography is allowed. Applause, demonstrations, and food and beverages are prohibited in the galleries. The public is also allowed to attend committee meetings. For a complete schedule of legislative activities refer to the Legislative Calendar on the General Assembly website.