Development & Connections

Land Development (Donated Projects)

**Starting January 1, 2021, CLT Water will begin permitting 8-inch and larger sewer laterals serving more than one structure as mainline extensions.  Additional information may be found on the CLT Water Commercial Service Connections page.

**In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and to ensure the health and welfare of Charlotte Water IDS Staff as well as to our customers, we are shifting to remote meetings when feasible and in-person meeting requests will be reviewed by necessity. Additionally, we will shift to a staggered/remote working combination.  Onsite review staff will be kept to minimum staffing levels; however, the majority of the work is expected to occur remotely.

Currently, inspection services will continue as scheduled. During this adjustment, please direct all plan review, inspection and permit fees by mail to: 600 East Trade Street, Suite 20, Charlotte, NC  28202 

Please be patient as review times and response times may be longer than anticipated.

For any questions, please, contact Mr. Mike Garbark (Division Manager) at 704-432-5797.

Donated Projects consist of developer-funded water and sewer installations performed by the developer's contractor under CLT Water inspection.  Upon approval by CLT Water, the developer donates the water and sewer infrastructure to CLT Water for maintenance.

The Process

  • The developer hires Engineer to design plans and submit to Charlotte Water for review/approval.
  • CLT Water approved plans are permitted.
  • Contracts are executed between CLT Water and Developer.
  • CLT Water approved plans are released for construction.
  • North Carolina Licensed Utility Contractor performs the construction of the water distribution and sanitary sewer systems.
  • Charlotte Water Inspectors witness the construction and perform all necessary testing and authorize Charlotte Water to take over the project for ownership and maintenance upon acceptance of all required documentation.
  • The water distribution and sanitary sewer systems then become the property of Charlotte Water.
  • Developer/builder shall pay system development fees and request meters to be set through CLT Water Customer Service.

Submittal Items

  • Signed/Sealed plans from Developer's Engineer
  • Applicable NCDOT Encroachments
  • Applicable Easement Agreements/Exhibits
  • Applicable Abandonment Agreement/Exhibits
  • Applicable Rail Road Encroachments
  • Applicable Gas Encroachments
  • Contract Map
  • Request for Contract
  • Record Drawings
  • Recorded Subdivision Plats


Plan Submittals

Plans shall be submitted through the City of Charlotte Land Development Accela electronic portal. 

The following should be included if applying for public water/sewer through Donated Projects: 

  • Set of plans (24"x36"ARCH D size) 
    • Topo map showing the drainage basin, topo lines with elevations at every 10 ft labeled, and your project (Sewer projects only).
      • Plan Review/Inspection Fees (Check only)
      • Self-Certified Plan Review Checklist

      Preliminary meetings are required to assist in producing acceptable plans, meeting CLT Water requirements, unless deemed exempt by CLT Water Engineer.

      Enhanced Review

      Charlotte Water is participating in the City of Charlotte Land Development enhanced review program, allowing customers to pay fees in addition to standard review fees for an enhanced plan review.  Additional information may be found on the City of Charlotte Land Development website.

      Plan Review/Inspection Fees

      All fees are to be paid when plans are submitted for review.  

      Fees are collected at:
      Charlotte Water
      Installation and Development Services
      600 East Trade Street, Suite 020
      Charlotte, NC 28202

      If you have a question about the fees, please email your inquiry.

      Please contact us for further assistance with Plan SubmittalsWater/Sewer EncroachmentsCO HoldsWater Meters, or call 704-336-5499.

      Land Development Project Contacts

      Gatekeeper - (704.336-5499)​​

      Traditional Donated Projects Manager - Kimberly Carpenter (704-576-8366)

      Enhanced Donated Projects Manager - Christopher Sanders (704-432-5200)