Commercial Plan Review

​Commercial Plan Review Process


Once plans are approved by Land Development, CDOT, and NCDOT, site construction can commence. Projects involving less than one acre of land disturbance can begin construction immediately. If a project involves clearing or grading of more than one acre of land, the developer and/or contractor should contact the assigned City Erosion Control Inspector (see map below) 48 hours in advance to request a Pre-Construction Meeting. 

During construction, the Urban Forestry staff oversees tree protection and the planting of trees on commercial sites and in new residential subdivisions. Urban Forestry Specialists will inspect sites for Commercial Zoning requirements as well as Tree Ordinance requirements.

Construction Inspectors review sites for requirements of City Code Chapter (Streets, Sidewalks, and other Public Places), and also ensure that construction is done per the Charlotte Land Development Standards Manual. The manual is available online at

Need to determine who your Erosion Control, Construction, or Urban Forestry/Zoning inspector is?
Visit this VirtualCharlotte Inspector Territory Map VirtualCharlotte pop-out map showing Inspector Territories and type in your address. Be sure that you expand the layer group called "+Engineer-Survey," and check the box for the layer called “Engineering Land Development Inspectors.”  Contact info is available by identifying a parcel, or alternatively visit the Contact Info page.

For further information on the various inspections that are necessary throughout the construction phase and who is responsible for each, please visit the Inspections page.



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