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Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual (CLDSM)
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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.


Revision No. 14 - Effective July 29, 2016

Revision number 14 of the CLDSM is now effective as of July 29th, 2016.  Development plans submitted after this date should utilize the most recent standards including those updated with Revision 14.  See the Revision Log for specific changes that were made to the details with this revision. 


PDF file of only the updated/revised sheets as a part of this revision:

CLDSM Rev No 14 - Revised sheets only.pdf   

ZIP file of only the updated/revised details in AutoCad .DWG format:

New and revised details DWG files - Rev No 14.zip




Official CLDSM (Latest update - Revision No. 14, July 29, 2016):

Complete CLDSM for Printing Rev 14.pdf

Individual Sections for on-line viewing or printing: 

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

Individual Chapters (PDFs of standard details):   

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 - Visit this page to 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.