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(Includes Charlotte ETJ unless specified otherwise)

The Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual is a dynamic document, which is updated periodically and it is the responsibility of the user to make sure the most recent standards are being specified. To assist you, it is recommended that you select the "Notify Me" link on this page to receive appropriate notification of revisions. The current manual is available via download only from this website. Hardcopies or CDs of the Standards Manual are no longer available from the City. 

The standards contained in this manual are approved by the City Engineer for use in the City of Charlotte and ETJ, unless otherwise noted on the individual details.


***Please note*** 

Upcoming Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual Update – July 29, 2016

The Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual (CLDSM) committee has determined that updates are required to various CLDSM details.  The draft updated text and revised details are available for viewing and comment in the PDF included below.  The Revision Log lists proposed changes, and the revisions are highlighted on each detail in the PDF file. 

Prior to the proposed effective date of July 29, 2016, please provide any questions, feedback, or comments on the proposed changes via e-mail to Brendan Smith, E&PM/Land Development Division at bmsmith@charlottenc.gov

(Note: The revisions to the standards are bubbled in red.  Since the original posting of this document in June, minor additional changes were added July 22nd based on City staff and CLDSM user comments.  Those changes are bubbled in blue). 

CLDSM Revision 14 - DRAFT details.pdf  (original posting June 6th, amended July 22nd)​



Complete Current Effective Manual - Revision No. 13, July 31, 2015:

Complete CLDSM for Printing Rev 13.pdf​     

Individual Sections for on-line viewing or printing: 

Table of Contents
Revision Log
Specification​​s and Special Provision Notes​ (text portion of manual)


1000 Miscellaneous Infrastructure Standards
USDG Standards for Urban Street Design**
1100 Street Section Details
2000 Storm Drain Standards
2100 Stormwater BMP Details
3000 Erosion Control Standards
4000 Tree Standards
5000 Miscellaneous Standards


** Please use USDG standards for street design on new projects submitted after 12/20/2010

    AutoCAD Detail Drawings - Download .zip archives containing .dwg (AutoCad) files of all of the CLDSM details.

    Please Note:
      Any variations from the standard details shown herein shall be by special details shown on the project plans and are subject to approval by the City Engineer. Special details shall be conspicuously noted as "Modified" and the City of Charlotte logo and references to standard numbers shall be removed.




    CDOT Sight Distance Policy (2003)​
    Work Area Traffic Control Handbook (WATCH) 
    CDOT Pavement Marking Standards -- Contact Gus Jordi, CDOT, at 704-336-7086 for more information.
    CDOT Road Hump Detail and Specifications
    Cross-Section Guidelines NCDOT/Charlotte/Mecklenburg County (updated Jan. 2009)
    NCDOT Roadway Standard Drawings Library
    NCDOT Subdivision Roads Minimum Construction Standards Manual
    2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) 

    CATS Bus Stop Details
    Landscape Construction Standards (City of Charlotte Landscape Management)​

    NCDWQ Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual
    NCDENR Erosion & Sediment Control Planning and Design Manual 
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Design Manual
    Charlotte-Mecklenburg BMP Design Manual

    For questions or comments concerning the Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual, please contact Land Development Customer Service at 704-336-6692, or send e-mail to bmsmith@charlottenc.gov.