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Restaurants Nightclubs Bars & Lounges

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Department staff will be holding several meetings to address the current regulations of Restaurants, Nightclubs, Bars & Lounges and to review the required distance separation from residential districts and residential uses.  Currently there are no distance requirements from residential uses for restaurants, however there are some restaurants that may technically meet the current definition of a nightclub, bar or lounge.  The City of Charlotte Zoning Ordinance defines a nightclub as any commercial establishment serving alcoholic beverages and providing entertainment for patrons including bars, lounges, and cabarets.

A vital part of determining whether a use is a restaurant or nightclub and whether distance separations are appropriate is through public input.  The Planning Department is seeking volunteers to serve on a Citizens Advisory Group that will provide valuable information that we will use to assist in crafting a text amendment to clarify these uses.  The Citizens Advisory Group will be comprised of residents, neighborhood leaders, business owners, attorneys and other interested parties.


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department has completed our Restaurants, Nightclubs, Bars and Lounges Citizen Advisory Group process and have developed DRAFT recommendations. We are now reaching out to the community (during June 2013 - September 2013) to receive input before recommendations are presented to City Council. If you are interested in having the Planning Staff attend your neighborhood or business meeting so that we can present the recommendations, please contact us. We encourage your participating in this very important process and look forward to meeting with you.

Please Contact:

Barry Mosley

Sonda Kennedy

January 16, 2014
- Citizen Advisory Group


September 10, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group # 9

June - September 2013 - Community Outreach

May 30, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group # 8

May 9, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group # 7

March 5, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 6

February 19, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 6

January 24, 2013 - Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 5

December 1, 2011 - Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 4

October 20, 2011- Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 3

September 22, 2011 - Citizen Advisory Group Meeting # 2

August 25, 2011


For more information regarding Restaurants-Nightclubs-Bars and Lounges, please contact:
Sonda Kennedy
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department
600 E. Fourth Street
8th Floor
Charlotte, NC 28202