(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.
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 email@example.com.
(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
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 .zip archives containing .dwg (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.