Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual


Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual (CLDSM)

Includes Charlotte extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) unless specified otherwise.

The Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual is a dynamic document that is updated periodically. It is the responsibility of the user to make sure the most recent standards are being specified. The current manual is available via download only from this website. Hard copies or CDs 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.​

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Draft Revised Details Now Available for Public Review and Comment

​The CLDSM committee has determined that revisions are necessary to various details in the manual.  The effective date of Revision No. 16 of the CLDSM is proposed for July 31, 2017.  

Below is a PDF file containing the proposed DRAFT revisions, with red revision clouds and callouts describing the changes proposed to each detail.  The draft details are posted throughout the month of July as a public notice of the proposed changes. Please review the proposed changes and provide any feedback, concerns, questions by e-mailing Brendan Smith at  

CLDSM Rev 16 - draft details.pdf

​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.​