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Federal and State Per Diem Rate
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Federal Rate

As of Oct. 1, 2016, the standard federal per diem rate for FY2017 increased to $91 per night for lodging (up from $89). 


Federal per diem rates, used by government travelers to obtain hotel rooms at a standard discount, are established each year based on actual market data compiled and provided by Smith Travel Research. 


The General Services Administration also announced that there will be no new "non-standard areas" (NSAs) with higher rates in FY 2017, and that three locations that were NSAs in FY 2016 will move into the standard CONUS rate category. New Bern is one of the locations that will move into the standard CONUS category.



2017 Per Diem Rates


Click to download the .pdf.



North Carolina Rate 

Current per diem rates as of Jan. 1, 2017.



In State Out of State
Breakfast $8.30 $8.30
Lunch $10.90 $10.90
Dinner $18.70 $21.30
Lodging (actual, up to)        $67.30 $79.50
Total $105.20      $120



NCRLA maintains a list of North Carolina lodging properties to assess which ones accept the state per diem rate. North Carolina currently allows a per diem of $67.30 to state employees who travel overnight on official state business. Many hotels will rent rooms at this rate to such employees.

If your lodging establishment accepts the per diem rate, and you would like to be added to this list, please email

Download the list of lodging properties that accept the rate (Excel spreadsheet).

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