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Mecklenburg County Land Development
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:

2145 Suttle Avenue
NC 28208


Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


General Information
311 (dial 704-336-7600 if outside the county)

​MCLDS Manual

Responsible land development includes the following goals:
  • controlling soil erosion from construction sites
  • reducing flood risks for roads and buildings
  • reducing the long-term impacts of storm water runoff to the land, streams, and lakes from hard surfaces such as rooftops and parking lots.

The Mecklenburg County Land Development Standards Manual provides engineers and designers the information to ensure these goals are met within the six Mecklenburg County Towns and their ETJ areas.

Mecklenburg County Land Development Standards Manual

1000 Miscellaneous Infrastructure Standards
1100 Street Section Details
2000 Storm Drain Standards
2100 Stormwater BMP Details
3000 Erosion Control Standards
4000 Tree Standards
5000 Miscellaneous Standards

Mecklenburg County Land Development Standard Drawings
The Mecklenburg County Land Development Standard Drawings are in PDF and DWG file formats.
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1000 Miscellaneous Infrastructure Standards

10.17A  Standard Curb and Gutter  10.17A.dwg   10.17A.pdf

10.17B  Curb and Gutter  10.17B.dwg   10.17B.pdf

10.17C  Concrete Contraction Joint  10.17C.dwg   10.17C.pdf

10.18  18" Vertical Gutter  10.18.dwg   10.18.pdf

10.19  Curb Transition 2'-6" to 2'-0" Valley Gutter  10.19.dwg   10.19.pdf

10.2  Curb Transition 2'-6" to 1'-6" Curb and Gutter  10.2.dwg    10.2.pdf

10.22  Concrete Sidewalks  10.22.dwg   10.22.pdf

10.23  Monolithic Concrete Curb and Sidewalk  10.23.dwg   10.23.pdf

10.24A  Commercial Type II and Residential Type I Drop Curb Driveway with Sidewalk Abutting Curb (2'-6" Curb and Gutter)  10.24A.dwg   10.24A.pdf

10.24B  Commercial Type II and Residential Type I Drop Curb Driveway with Sidewalk Abutting Curb (6"x18" Vertical Curb)  10.24B.dwg   10.24B.pdf

10.24C  Commercial Type II and Residential Type I Drop Curb Driveway with Sidewalk Abutting Curb  10.24C.dwg  10.24C.pdf

10.25A  Residential Drop curb Type I Driveway with Planting Strip (2'-6" Curb and Gutter)  10.25A.dwg  10.25A.pdf

10.25B  Commercial Drop Curb Type II Driveway with Planting Strip (2'-6" Curb and Gutter)  10.25B.dwg  10.25B.pdf

10.25C  Residential Drop Curb Type I Driveway with Planting Strip (6" x 18" Curb and Gutter)  10.25C.dwg  10.25C.pdf

10.25D  Commercial Drop Curb Type II Driveway with Planting Strip (6" x 18" Vertical Curb)  10.25D.dwg  10.25D.pdf

10.25E  Modified Type II Driveway Detail with wide Planting Strip and Standard Curb  10.25E.dwg  10.25E.ddf

10.25F  Commercial Type IV Driveway Standard  10.25F.dwg   10.25F.pdf

10.26  Drop Curb Driveway - Monolithic Curb and Sidewalk  10.26.dwg   10.26.pdf

10.27A  Residential Driveway (Type I) Valley Gutter  10.27A.dwg   10.27A.pdf

10.27B  Commercial Type II Driveway for 2'-0" Valley Gutter  10.27B.dwg   10.27B.pdf

10.28  Type III Driveway Entrance  10.28.dwg   10.28.pdf

10.29  Catch Basin Frame in Valley Gutter  10.29.dwg   10.29.pdf

10.3  Catch Basin Placement at Intersections  10.3.dwg   10.3.pdf

10.31A  Accessible Ramp Standard with Planting Strip 2'-6" Curb and Gutter  10.31A.dwg   10.31A.pdf

10.31B  Accessible Ramp Sections with Planting Strip 2'-6" Curb and Gutter  10.31B.dwg   10.31B.pdf

10.32A  Accessible Ramp Standard without Planting Strip 2'-6" Curb and Gutter  10.32A.dwg   10.32A.pdf

10.32B  Accessible Ramp Section without Planting Strip 2'-6" Curb and Gutter  10.32B.dwg   10.32B.pdf

10.33A  Accessible Ramp Standard 2'-0" Valley Gutter  10.33A.dwg   10.33A.pdf

10.33B  Accessible Ramp Sections 2'-0" Valley Gutter  10.33B.dwg   10.33B.pdf

10.34A  Accessible Ramp Standard Monolithic Curb and Sidewalk  10.34A.dwg   10.34A.pdf

10.34B  Accessible Ramp Sections Monolithic Curb and Sidewalk  10.34B.dwg   10.34B.pdf

10.35A  Standard Placement of Accessible Ramps and General Notes  10.35A.dwg   10.35A.pdf

10.35B  Truncated Domes Plan and Cross-Section  10.35B.dwg   10.35B.pdf

10.36A  Culvert Crossings on Residential and Commercial Streets  10.36A.dwg   10.36A.pdf

10.36B  Culvert Crossings on Residential and Commercial Streets  10.36B.dwg   10.36B.pdf

10.37  Typical Local Residential To Local Residential Street Taper  10.37.dwg   10.37.pdf

10.38 Pedestrian Refuge: Matthews 10.38.dwg10.38.pdf

10.4  Directional Accessible Ramp  10.4.dwg   10.4.pdf

1100 Street Section Details

11.01  Local Residential Street Typical Section  11.01.dwg   11.01.pdf

11.03  Divided Residential Street Typical Section  11.03.dwg   11.03.pdf

11.04  Local Limited Residential Street Typical Section  11.04.dwg   11.04.pdf

11.06  Residential Collector Street Typical Section  11.06.dwg   11.06.pdf

11.08  Limited Residential Collector Street Type Typical Section  11.08.dwg   11.08.pdf

11.09  Arterial Street Typical Sections  11.09.dwg   11.09.pdf

11.11  Commercial Street Typical Sections  11.11.dwg   11.11.pdf

11.12  Commercial Street Divided Typical Section  11.12.dwg   11.12.pdf

11.13  Typical Sections Private Street  11.13.dwg   11.13.pdf

11.16  City of Charlotte and ETJ Residential Cul-De-Sac detail  11.16.dwg   11.16.pdf

11.17  Commercial Cul-De-Sac  11.17.dwg   11.17.pdf

11.18A  Residential Hammerhead Detail  11.18A.dwg   11.18A.pdf

11.18B  Temporary Turnaround  11.18B.dwg   11.18B.pdf

11.19A  Residential Alley Detail One Way Operation  11.19A.dwg   ​11.19A.pdf

11.19B  Residential Alley Detail Double Loaded w/Two Way Operation  11.19B.dwg   11.19B.pdf

11.19C  Residential Alley Detail Single Loaded w/Two Way operation  11.19C.dwg   11.19C.pdf

11.2  Residential Alley Hammerheads and Intersections  11.2.dwg   11.2.pdf

11.25 Cornelius Typical Section Local Residential Street 11.25.dwg   11.25.pdf

11.26 Cornelius Typical Section Residential Collector Street 11.26.dwg   11.26.pdf

11.27 Cornelius Commercial Street Typical Section 11.27.dwg   11.27.pdf

11.28 Cornelius Arterial Street Typical Section 11.28.dwg   11.28.pdf

11.5  Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville Typical Street Section Residential Street  11.5.dwg   11.5.pdf

11.51  Matthews Typical Section Local Residential Street  11.51.dwg   11.51.pdf

11.54  Matthews Typical Section Local Limited Residential Street  11.54.dwg   11.54.pdf

11.55  Matthews Typical Section Residential Collector Street  11.55.dwg   11.55.pdf

11.56  Cornelius, Davidson & Huntersville Typical Section Cul-De-Sac detail  11.56.dwg   11.56.pdf

11.57  Matthews Residential Cul-De-Sac detail  11.57.dwg   11.57.pdf

2000 Storm Drain Standards

20.00A  NCDOT Standards Approved For Use in the City of Charlotte and Charlotte ETJ  20.00Adwg   20.00A.pdf

20.00B  NCDOT Standards Approved For Use in the City of Charlotte and Charlotte ETJ  20.00B.dwg   20.00B.pdf

20.00C  NCDOT Standards Approved For Use in the City of Charlotte and Charlotte ETJ  20.00C.dwg   20.00C.pdf

20.03  Double Brick Catch Basin 15" - 36" Pipe  20.03.dwg   20.03.pdf

20.17A  Concrete Wingwall Splash Pad  20.17A.dwg   20.17A.pdf

20.17B  Concrete Wingwall Splash Pad  20.17B.dwg   20.17B.pdf

20.23  Rip Rap Aprons at Outfalls  20.23.dwg   20.23.pdf

20.23A  Flared End Section 12" to 72"  20.23A.dwg   20.23A.pdf

20.24  Rip Rap Plunge Pool  20.24.dwg   20.24.pdf

20.25  Trench Detail for Storm Drain  20.25.dwg   20.25.pdf

20.26  Concrete Paved Ditches  20.26.dwg   20.26.pdf

20.27  Rip Rap Ditches  20.27.dwg   20.27.pdf

20.28  Subdrain Detail  20.28.dwg   20.28.pdf

20.29  Overlapping Sewer and Storm Easements  20.29.dwg   20.29.pdf

20.3  Minimum Storm Easements Pipe and Channel  20.3.dwg   20.3.pdf

20.34  Offset Catch Basin  20.34.dwg   20.34.pdf

20.35  Grading At Drop Inlet  20.35.dwg   20.35.pdf

2100 Stormwater BMP Details

21  Bioretention Plan  21.dwg   21.pdf

21.01  Bioretention Cross-Section  21.01.dwg   21.01.pdf

21.02  Bioretention Planting Plan  21.02.dwg   21.02.pdf

21.04  Flow Splitter Structure  21.04.dwg   21.04.pdf

21.05  Wetpond Plan  21.05.dwg   21.05.pdf

21.06  Wetpond Profile  21.06.dwg   21.06.pdf

21.07  Wetpond Cross-Sections  21.07.dwg   21.07.pdf

21.08  Wetpond Littoral Shelf and Berm Detail  21.08.dwg   21.08.pdf

21.09  Wetpond Planting Plan  21.09.dwg   21.09.pdf

21.1  Wetland Plan  21.1.dwg   21.1.pdf

21.11  Wetland Section  21.11.dwg   21.11.pdf

21.12  Wetland Cross-Sections  21.12.dwg   21.12.pdf

21.13  Wetland Details  21.13.dwg   21.13.pdf

21.14  Wetland Planting Plan  21.14.dwg   21.14.pdf

21.15  Enhanced Grass Swale Planting Plan  21.15.dwg   21.15.pdf

21.16  Enhanced Grass Swale Details  21.16.dwg   21.16.pdf

21.17  Grass Channel  21.17.dwg   21.17.pdf

21.18  Grass Channel Planting Plan  21.18.dwg   21.18.pdf

21.19  Infiltration Trench  21.19.dwg   21.19.pdf

21.2  Observation Well  21.2.dwg   21.2.pdf

21.21  Buffer Strip  21.21.dwg   21.21.pdf

21.22  Buffer Strip Planting Plan  21.22.dwg   21.22.pdf

21.23  Underground Sand Filter  21.23.dwg   21.23.pdf

21.24  Surface Sand Filter  21.24.dwg   21.24.pdf

21.25  Surface Sand Filter Section  21.25.dwg   21.25.pdf

21.26  Level Spreader  21.26.dwg   21.26.pdf

3000 Erosion Control Standards

30  Special Erosion Control Requirements & Notes  30.dwg   30.pdf

30.01  Temporary Sediment Trap  30.01.dwg   30.01.pdf

30.02A  Skimmer Sediment Trap  30.02A.dwg   30.02A.pdf

30.02B  Skimmer  30.02B.dwg   30.02B.pdf

30.03  Sediment Basin  30.03.dwg   30.03.pdf

30.04  Flexible Pipe Slope Drain  30.04.dwg   30.04.pdf

30.05  Temporary Silt Ditch  30.05.dwg   30.05.pdf

30.06A  Temporary  Silt Fence  30.06A.dwg   30.06A.pdf

30.06B  High Hazard Temporary Silt Fence  30.06B.dwg   30.06B.pdf

30.06C  Silt Fence Outlet 1  30.06C.dwg   30.06C.pdf

30.06D  Silt Fence Outlet 2  30.06D.dwg   30.06D.pdf

30.07  Block and Stone Inlet Protection  30.07.dwg   30.07.pdf

30.08  Stone Inlet Protection  30.08.dwg   30.08.pdf

30.09  Hardware Cloth and Gravel Inlet Protection  30.09.dwg   30.09.pdf

30.10A  Temporary Rock Check Dam  30.10A.dwg   30.10A.pdf

30.10B  Temporary Rock Check Dam with Matting and Optional PAM  30.10B.dwg   30.10B.pdf

30.10C  Temporary Wattle Check Dam with Matting and Optional PAM  30.10C.dwg   30.10C.pdf

30.11A  Stabilized Construction Entrance  30.11A.dwg   30.11A.pdf

30.11B  Construction Entrance Tire Wash  30.11B.dwg   30.11B.pdf

30.12  Gravel and Rip Rap Filter Berm Basin  30.12.dwg   30.12.pdf

30.13  Erosion Control Dewatering  30.13.dwg   30.13.pdf

30.14  Temporary Stream Crossing  30.14.dwg   30.14.pdf

30.15  Catch Basin Inlet Protections  30.15.dwg   30.15.pdf

30.16  Slope Stability  30.16.dwg   30.16.pdf

30.17A  Seeding Schedule  30.17A.dwg   30.17A.pdf

30.17B  Seeding Schedule  30.17B.dwg   30.17B.pdf

30.18  Construction within Creek Bank  30.18.dwg   30.18.pdf

30.19  Baffle Installation  30.19.dwg   30.19.pdf

30.2  Embankment Matting Detail  30.2.dwg   30.2.pdf

30.21  Brick Storm Structure with Temporary Pipe  30.21.dwg   30.21.pdf

4000 Tree Standards

40.01  Tree Planting Detail  40.01.dwg    40.01.pdf

40.02  Tree Protection Detail  40.02.dwg   40.02.pdf

40.03  Tree Pit with Grate in Sidewalk (Plan)  40.03.dwg   40.03.pdf

40.03A  Tree Pit with Grate in Sidewalk (Section)  40.03A.dwg   40.03A.pdf

40.03B  Tree Pit with Grade in Sidewalk (Section)  40.03B.dwg   40.03B.pdf

40.03C  Tree Pit with Grate in Sidewalk (Section)  40.03C.dwg   40.03C.pdf

40.04A  Drip Irrigation for Tree Pit with Grate  40.04A.dwg   40.04A.pdf

40.04B  Irrigation Detail (Turf Areas)  40.04B.dwg   40.04B.pdf

40.04C  Irrigation Detail (Planting Beds)  40.04C.dwg   40.04C.pdf

40.04D  Valve Box Installations  40.04D.dwg   40.04D.pdf

40.05  Shrub Planting Bed  40.05.dwg   40.05.pdf

40.08A  Median Greater than 120 Inches Excavation, Drainage and Backfill  40.08A.dwg   40.08A.pdf

40.08B  73 to 120 Inch Median Excavation Drainage and Backfill  40.08B.dwg   40.08B.pdf

40.08C  48 to 72 Inch Median Excavation Drainage and Backfill  40.08C.dwg   40.08C.pdf

40.09  Root Crown Depths  40.09.dwg   40.09.pdf

40.1  Tree Planting Notes  40.1.dwg   40.1.pdf

40.11  Bridging Tree Roots  40.11.dwg   40.11.pdf

40.12  Temporary Tree Protection Detail  40.12.dwg   40.12.pdf

40.13  Asphalt Curb Placement at Existing Trees  40.13.dwg   40.13.pdf

40.14  Rock Chimney  40.14.dwg   40.14.pdf

5000 Miscellaneous Standards

50.03  Concrete Control Monument  50.03.dwg   50.03.pdf

50.04A  Typical Handrail  50.04A.dwg   50.04A.pdf

50.04B  Handrail Warrants  50.04B.dwg   50.04B.pdf

50.05A  Street Name Sign  50.05A.dwg   50.05A.pdf

50.05B  Street Name Sign (Optional)  50.05B.dwg   50.05B.pdf

50.06  Street Name Sign Installation Locations  50.06.dwg   50.06.pdf

50.07A  Dead End Street Barricade  50.07A.dwg   50.07A.pdf

50.07B  Dead End Street Barricade General Notes  50.07B.dwg   50.07B.pdf

50.08A  End of Roadway Marker (ER-1)  50.08A.dwg   50.08A.pdf

50.08B  End of Roadway Marker (ER-1) Grand Rail Clamp Installation  50.08B.dwg   50.08B.pdf

50.09A  Parking Standards  50.09A.dwg   50.09A.pdf

50.09B  Parking Standards Continued  50.09B.dwg   50.09B.pdf

50.09C  Parallel Parking Standards  50.09C.dwg   50.09C.pdf

50.10A  Accessible Parking and Signage Standards  50.10A.dwg   50.10A.pdf

50.10B  Supplemental Accessible Sign (R7-8E)  50.10B.dwg   50.10B.pdf

50.10C  Supplemental Accessible Sign (R7-8D)  50.10C.dwg   50.10C.pdf

50.11  Signage and Pavement Markings at Roundabouts  50.11.dwg   50.11.pdf

50.12  Emergency Vehicle Median Crossover  50.12.dwg   50.12.pdf

50.2  Inverted U Rack Bicycle Parking  50.2.dwg   50.2.pdf

50.21  Wave Rack for Bicycle Parking  50.21.dwg   50.21.pdf

50.22  Bicycle Lockers  50.22.dwg   50.22.pdf

Other manuals, policies and guides often used as part of County Land Development activities

Rezoning and Plan Review Criteria, Procedures Environmental Guidelines (County and six Towns)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg BMP Design Standards Manual (City, County and six Towns)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Design Manual (City, County and six Towns)
Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Policy and Procedures Manual (City, County and six Towns)
Erosion Control – Goose and McDowell Creek Watersheds
Post-Construction Administrative Manual (County and six Town)
Post Construction Permit Flow Chart (County and six Towns)
Using POLARIS for Post-Construction (instructions to determine requirements by parcel)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg SWIM program (lake and stream buffers)
Water Quality Buffer Implementation Guidelines (applies to lake and stream buffers
Quick reference for determining water quality buffer requirements for a parcel (City, County and six Towns)
Built-Upon Area restrictions in Water Supply Watersheds
Huntersville Water Quality Design Manual
Storm Water Management Program Plan (NPDES Phase II/County and six Towns)
Photo Book of Storm Water Features
NCDOT Policy on Street and Driveway Access
NCDOT Roadway Standard Drawings
NCDOT Subdivision Roads/Minimum Construction Standards

Additional County Land Development resources
Bonds Process – printable instructions about the County Land Development bond process
Electronic Plan Management (EPM) – User’s guide
EPM Frequently Asked Questions & Glossary

Links to additional agencies and related services


Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Land Development
2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28208

Office Location:

2145 Suttle Avenue
NC 28208


Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


General Information
311 (dial 704-336-7600 if outside the county)