(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.
Proposed Revision No. 13 to the CLDSM available for review & comment:
Effective Date - July 31, 2015
The Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual (CLDSM) committee has determined that updates are required to various CLDSM details, one new detail has been created, and some details are being removed from the manual. The proposed revisions are available in a single PDF for review and comment here:
Proposed CLDSM revision 13 - DRAFT.pdf
A Revision Log is included that lists changes, and the proposed revisions are highlighted on each draft detail. We welcome your feedback! Prior to the proposed effective date of July 31, 2015, please provide any questions or comments on the proposed changes via e-mail to Brendan Smith, Land Development Division at
Complete Current Effective Manual - Revision No. 12, July 15, 2014:
Complete CLDSM Manual for Printing
Individual Sections for on-line viewing or printing:
Table of Contents
Specifications and Special Provision Notes (text portion of manual)
Miscellaneous Infrastructure Standards|
Standards for Urban Street Design**|
Street Section Details|
Storm Drain Standards|
Stormwater BMP Details|
Erosion Control Standards|
** Please use USDG standards for street design on new projects submitted after 12/20/2010
AutoCAD Detail Drawings -
Download AutoCad files of all of the CLDSM details.
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 Work Zone Traffic Control Notes