View the adopted City of Charlotte Post-Construction Stormwater Ordinance (PCO) in printer-friendly format. Official version of PCCO in the City Code (Select Chapter 18 – STORMWATER).
The Charlotte City Council approved these
revisions to the Post Construction Controls Ordinance in October, 2011.
Administrative Manual for Implementation of the City of Charlotte PCO (Revised July 2012).
View the Storm Water Permit Application
Charlotte-Mecklenburg BMP Design Manual.
BMP Maintenance Handbook.
View the Watershed Districts Map.
Frequently Asked Implementation Questions.
Natural Area Guidance Document.
Water Quality Buffer Implementation Guidelines.
Special PCO provisions are allowed in the following areas:
A group of stakeholders met over several years to develop a draft Ordinance. View information about the
What will the Post-Construction Stormwater Ordinance require?
In general, the ordinance requires:
No-build zones and undisturbed natural buffers of varying widths along streams,
A portion of the site be left as undisturbed natural area,
Installation of approved, on-site storm water Best Management Practices such as rain gardens, detentions ponds, and wetlands to collect and treat storm water, and
Construction of storm water detention measures that reduce flooding risks for downstream properties and streets.
What are the benefits of the Post-Construction Stormwater Ordinance?
Implementation of the ordinance allows municipalities to remain compliant with State and Federal mandates.
The measures of the ordinance will help protect drinking water supplies from degradation.
Additional State and Federal drivers that could slow growth and development are addressed.
Stream bank erosion and flooding risks are reduced.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Costly future watershed restoration may be reduced of avoided entirely.
Stream and lake water quality and habitat are protected for an increased quality of life.
For more information about the City's Post-Construction Stormwater Ordinance, please contact Mike MacIntyre at 704-432-5570 or
For more information about the municipalities included and related requirements, visit the
State Division of Water Quality website.