Unified Development Ordinances (UDO) & Amendments

Unified Development Ordinances (UDO)

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Unified Development Ordinances (UDO) are the compilation of regulations that govern land use, which include the Zoning Ordinance, the Environmental Ordinance, and the Subdivision Ordinance/Regulations.

The UDO is available as a searchable document on the UDO ClearCode website. To access the Principal Use Table, navigate to Chapter 5, Section 5.1.5. 

You may also download a complete copy of UDO ClearCode. Please note that this is a very large file and that recent amendments to the UDO may or may not be reflected in the code currently available online. UDO amendments which were heard or are soon to be heard by the Planning Board can be found in the following section.

If you have questions or need further assistance, feel free to call the Land Use Administration Team at 336-747-7064.

UDO Amendments

This table lists those amendments which have been recently heard by the Planning Board. These amendments are also listed on the Monthly Zoning Cases page, under the month in which they were or will be heard. UDO amendments from previous years beginning in 2000 may be found on the Unified Development Ordinance Amendments page.

Recent UDO Text Amendments

Case NumberUDO Text AmendmentPlanning Board RecommendsCity Council Action
UDO-CC14An ordinance amendment proposed by Planning and Development Services Staff modifying Chapter 6 and Chapter 11 of the Unified Development Ordinances pertaining to the change rate of electronic message board signs; to add brightness limits to the regulation of electronic message board signs; and to extend the amortization period by two (2) years to June 30, 2024 to bring nonconforming on-premises signs into compliance within the City of Winston-Salem jurisdiction (UDO-CC14).
Approved
August 12, 2021

UDO-CC13An ordinance amendment proposed by Edward Nichols modifying Section 5.4.2E of the Unified Development Ordinances pertaining to the temporary use Turkey Shoot.
Approved
August 12, 2021

UDO-CC12An ordinance amendment proposed by Hank Perkins modifying Table 5.1.1: Principal Use Table of the Unified Development Ordinances to allow schools and religious institutions in the Entertainment (E) zoning district.
Approved
June 10, 2021

UDO-CC11An ordinance amendment proposed by Planning and Development Services staff modifying Sections 5 and 11 of the Unified Development Ordinances pertaining to the use-specific standards and definitions for Storage Services, Retail.
Approved
June 24, 2021

UDO-CC10
An ordinance amendment proposed by Planning and Development Services staff, in consultation with the City and County Attorney offices, to modify numerous sections of the Unified Development Ordinances (UDO) to align with the North Carolina General Assembly’s combination of the Planning and Development statutes in NCGS 153A and NCGS 160A into NCGS 160D.


UDO-CC9
An ordinance amendment proposed by Planning and Development Services staff modifying Section 11.2 and Section 3.2.2 of the Unified Development Ordinances, pertaining to Family Group Homes and defining supervisory personnel.
Approved
December 10, 2020
Approved
February 1, 2021
UDO-CC8
An ordinance amendment proposed by Planning and Development Services staff amending Section 4.8.3 of the Unified Development Ordinances pertaining to the Mixed Use-Special Use (MU-S) District, amending Table 5.1.1: Principal Use Table to add Cottage Courts as a use, adding Section 5.2.26.1 pertaining to Cottage Courts, amending Table 6.1.2 Motor Vehicle and Bicycle Parking Space Requirements to add Cottage Courts, and amending Table 11.2.2: Definitions to add definitions for Planned Unit Development and Cottage Courts (UDO-CC8).
Approved
February 11, 2021

UDO-CC7
An ordinance amendment proposed by Planning and Development Services staff amending Section 12.2 of the Unified Development Ordinances, pertaining to Traffic Impact Standards (UDO-CC7).
Approved
October 8, 2020
Approved
January 4, 2021
UDO-CC6
An ordinance amendment proposed by Planning and Development Services staff modifying Section 12.2 of the Unified Development Ordinances, pertaining to Traffic Impact Standards.
Approved
November 12, 2020
Approved
January 4, 2021