Unified Development Ordinance

The Planning and Inspections Department administers and enforces the Town of Boone Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The UDO is an ordinance regulating and controlling the development of land and matters relating thereto within the Town of Boone to promote and protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the community, and is crafted to result in a built environment that meets the goals of the Town of Boone Comprehensive Plan.

Current UDO

You may download a copy of the current UDO below. Please note that this is a large file.

Please click on any of the following to download the UDO by Article.

You may download the previously approved version of the UDO below.  Please note this is a large file.


The UDO is amended from time to time. Below is a list of those amendments recently approved by the Town Council. We highly recommended that you print out new chapters in their entirety.

Date Approved Case Number Description Articles Amended
06/27/2019 PL02455-041619 Modify the UDO to clarify and modify the public hearing process for consideration of UDO map and text amendments. Article 9
06/27/2019 PL02335-030719 Modify the UDO to provide greater clarity regarding an applicant’s responsibility to produce competent evidence when requesting approval from the Board of Adjustment for a Special Use Permit or variance. Articles 6,9
09/19/2019 PL02632-060519 Modify the UDO to clarify the process for changes made to a project after a permit has been issued. Article 4
09/19/2019 PL02860-071119 Modify the UDO to allow Use 3.08 Hotel in the B1 Central Business Zoning District with conditional district zoning and to modify the UDO not to exempt hotels from parking requirements in the B1 Central Business Zoning District. Articles 15, 24
11/19/2019 PL03076-090919 Modify the UDO to create the R5 55+ Residential Zoning District and to make other associated with the creation of the new district. Articles 14, 15, 16, 24, 27, 31, 34
11/21/2019 PL02634-060519 Modify the UDO to revise the circumstances that allow an applicant to pay a fee-in-lieu. Articles 15, 17, 23
12/16/2019 PL03171-100319 Modify the UDO to create the R1S Small Home Residential Zoning District. Articles 15, 16, 26, 27, 34
12/16/2019 PL03173-100319 Modify the UDO to increase the minimum lot size in the R3 Multiple Family Residential Zoning District. Article 16
12/16/2019 PL03178-100319 Modify the UDO to reduce the maximum height in the B3 General Business Zoning District. Article 16
02/20/2020 PL03449-123119 Modify the UDO to allow Planning Director to make corrections of scrivener errors and reference citations. Article 1
07/14/2020 PL03942-060520 Modify the UDO to revise where temporary classrooms are allowed and revised the standards related to temporary classroom use. Article 15
09/17/2020 PL04085-072720 Modify the UDO to create the E4 Educational Child Daycare Zoning District. Articles 14, 15, 16
12/17/2020 PL04195-090820 Modify UDO Article 2 to reorganize, align text with NC General Statutes, and cleanup language regarding board membership. Article 2

(effective 07/01/2021)

PL04196-090820 Modify the Town of Boone Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) in order to bring the regulatory document into compliance with Part 1 of Session Law 2019-111 (Senate Bill 355), “An Act to Clarify, Consolidate, and Reorganize the Land-Use Regulatory Laws of the State”. Articles 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 34

(effective 07/01/2021)

PL04727-050721 Modify the UDO as follows: revise entire UDO to comply with NC General Statute 160D; merge all or portions of UDO Articles 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 27; modify the following in new Article 14: B1 setbacks, building spacing, add additional hotel uses, B2 and B3 zoning district descriptions; standards related to corridor and viewshed district overlays; provide definitions for existing text; modify application process in Article 4, revise Article 7 Nonconformities to provide additional clarification; revision of existing Appendix B Guide for Landscaping to Appendix B Comparative tables and creation of new Appendix C Details and Specifications Manual.  Other non-substantive changes are being offered and amendments may also be made to other Articles to conform them to the changes being proposed. Articles 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, Appendices A, B, C

How can I request an amendment to the UDO?

Text amendments to the UDO may be initiated by submitting a complete application and the associated fee to the Planning and Inspections Department.

Below is a brief summary of the process.

  1. Submit a complete application with proposed text and pay the associated fee to the Planning and Inspections Department.
  2. Planning and Inspections Staff will forward the request to Town Council and the next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting.
  3. Town Council reviews the proposed text and, if the request is approved, will send the case to be heard at a future public hearing.
  4. A public hearing before the Planning Commission and the Town Council is held.
  5. Subsequent to the Public Hearing, the Planning Commission meets to make recommendations on the case.
  6. The Planning Commission’s recommendations are then forwarded to the next scheduled Town Council. Council is the final approval authority for all UDO text amendments.

The overall time frame to complete the process may depend on the complexity of the proposed amendment.

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