Charlotte’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

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

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, and is available for community review and comment. Please visit our engagement hub at to learn more!

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.

UDO Virtual Conversations

Register today for a UDO Virtual Conversation to learn more about the first draft UDO and specific topics within. All conversations will be offered twice per date 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Afternoon) & 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Evening)

What are the next steps?

The first draft of the UDO is available for public comment and review through March 18, 2022. After this, the UDO will be reviewed and edited with special consideration given to community feedback. Learn more about the phases of the UDO project schedule.