Charlotte’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

Welcome to the project website for Charlotte’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

Short-Term Rental Regulation UDO Update April 2022

Charlotte’s UDO simplifies, consolidates, and updates the regulations that guide Charlotte’s development into a single document. In addition, the draft UDO aligns these standards with the vision of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan and other adopted City policies. This project also makes development standards easier to understand through the increased use of common language and graphics.

The first draft of the UDO was released on October 7, 2021. The engagement period for the first draft of the Charlotte UDO has closed. If you would like to read or download the first draft of the Charlotte UDO, please visit!

Charlotte’s UDO & You Show

Watch host Alyson Craig and special guests talk about what the UDO is and key topics within it!

Watch Helpful Videos

Learn what the UDO means for: Existing Neighborhoods, New Neighborhoods, Existing Businesses, and New Development.

Check Out The UDO Reference Guide

Click below for the full UDO Reference Guide. This guide intends to help you understand the parts of the Unified Development Ordinance and where information can be found.

What are the next steps?

The comment period for the first draft of the Charlotte UDO closed on March 18, 2022. Staff is working to respond to public comments and make revisions to produce a second draft with consideration given to community feedback. Learn more about the phases of the UDO project schedule.