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Subdivision Review Types

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department offers several types of Subdivision reviews. To submit a subdivision application please select a review type from the list below.

Subdivision Sketch Plan Review – A sketch plan is an informal drawing of a proposed preliminary plan. Staff strongly recommends submitting a sketch plan for review prior to submitting detailed plans for approval. Subdivision review time limits do not apply to plans for which no sketch plan has been prepared and submitted to the planning staff for review.

Subdivision Review, Preliminary Plan Residential - (WITH NEW STREETS) – A residential preliminary plan presents a subdivision of land for single-family lots with the development of new streets.

Subdivision Review, Preliminary Plan - “Non-Residential” (WITH NEW STREETS) –This plan type represents the subdivision of land into tracts or lots for non-residential development with new streets.

Subdivision Review, Preliminary Planned Multi-Family Review – A group of two or more attached, duplex, triplex, quadraplex, or multi-family buildings, or a single building of more than 12 units constructed on the same lot or parcel of land under single ownership, and planned and developed with a unified design of buildings and coordinated common open space and service areas in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 9 for the zoning district in which it is located.

Conditionally Zoned Mixed-Used (MX) Development Review – Mixed use development is a conditionally zoned (MX-1, MX-2, MX-3) development that may incorporate a full range of housing types, including single family and multifamily, and in some instances, compatible nonresidential uses. This type should not be confused with MUDD zoned projects.

Subdivision Review, Preliminary Plan “REVISION” (Including Planned Multi-Family) - The developer applies for a revision to a preliminary plan that has had previous approval by the Planning staff.

Subdivision Plat Review Types

Subdivision Plat - (For Those Which Have Had Preliminary Plan Approval) - Plats for recording in Register of Deeds Office showing surveyed dimensions and alignments of lots and street.

Subdivision Final Condominium Plat - (For Those Which Have Had Planned Multi-Family Approval) - As built site plans for selling units and recording in Register of Deeds Office.

Subdivision Final Plat “MINOR” - Plats for recording in Register of Deeds Office showing surveyed dimensions and alignments of lots for subdividing property that fronts along existing public rights-of-way.

Revision to Subdivision Final Plat - This record type is a plat that is a revision to a final plat that has previously been approved by Planning Staff.

Subdivision Variances & Appeals – Variance - Relief from a standard in the Subdivision Ordinance Appeal: Review of the decision for approval or denial of a Subdivision Plan or to appeal an interpretation by the Subdivision Administrator. Both are Quasi-judicial procedures.


Subdivision Ordinance
City of Charlotte
Subdivision Ordinance

(as Adopted December 20, 2010)


Commercial Review Types

Related Ordinances & Codes

The City of Charlotte’s Subdivision/Permit Tracking System, Accela Citizen Access, is now available on the Internet.


Click here to check the status of a Subdivision project within the City of Charlotte’s jurisdiction.