The following information is a guide on subdivisions for the Town of Boone. The subdivisions regulations, located within the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), apply to the Town’s planning jurisdiction (Town of Boone corporate limits and the extra territorial jurisdiction). Any division or recombination of land within these areas must meet the standards established in Article 5 of the UDO.

A subdivision is defined as the division of a tract of land into two (2) or more lots, building sites, or other divisions when any one or more of those division is created for the purpose of sale of building development (whether immediate or future) and includes all divisions of land involving the dedication of a new street or a change in existing streets.


Exemptions include the following divisions or recombination of land which are not included within the definition of a subdivision:

  • The combination or recombination of portions of previously subdivided and recorded lots where the total number of lots is not increased and the resultant lots are equal to or exceed the minimum standards set forth in the UDO.
  • The division of land into parcels greater than ten (10) acres where no street right-of-way dedication is involved.
  • The public acquisition by purchase of strips of land for widening or opening a street or for public transportation system corridors.
  • The division of a tract in single ownership whose entire area is no greater than two (2) acres into not more than three (3) lots, where no street right-of-way is involved and where the resultant lots are equal to or exceed the standards set forth in the UDO.
Please note, in order to obtain development permits, lots in exempt subdivisions must meet all zoning provisions required in the UDO.

To facilitate the recordation of an exempt plat, please contact Planning & Inspections for plat review.

Minor Subdivisions

A minor subdivision is a division of land that does not involve any of the following:

  • The creation of more than a total of ten (10) lots;
  • The creation of any new public streets;
  • The extension of a public water or sewer system; or
  • The installation of drainage improvements through one (1) or more lots to serve one (1) or more other lots.

Per Section 5.07, an applicant for a minor subdivision plat approval shall submit a sketch plat for a determination of whether the minor subdivision approval process can be and should be utilized. The applicant may be asked to submit whatever information is necessary to make this determination, including a copy of the tax map showing the land being subdivided and all lots previously subdivided from that tract of land within the previous ten years. During the sketch plan review with Planning & Inspections staff, the applicant will be advised of the requirements to obtain final plat approval.

Please note: If the proposed minor subdivision is located in a designated Water Supply watershed the Planning Commission shall be responsible for reviewing the plat. At a scheduled meeting, the Planning Commission will determine if the subdivision is or is not a minor subdivision and find that it does or does not meet the requirements of the UDO. Based on these findings the Planning Commission shall approve, not approve, or approve conditionally the proposed minor subdivision.

Major Subdivisions

Major subdivisions are divisions of land which are not otherwise considered exempt or minor subdivisions.

Per Section 5.08 of the UDO, all major subdivisions must obtain a Special Use Permit from the Board of Adjustment and all major subdivision final plats shall be approved or disapproved by the Town Council. Please contact Planning & Inspections for an appointment regarding all Major Subdivisions.

Please note: If the proposed major subdivision plat is located in a designated Water Supply watershed, the Planning Commission shall review the plat and shall find that it does or does not meet the requirements of this ordinance. Such findings of the Planning Commission shall be forwarded to the Town Council and the Board of Adjustment.

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