Unified Development Ordinance & Planning Manuals

Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

The purpose of the Unified Development Ordinance (PDF) is to protect the

  • public health,
  • safety,
  • and general welfare

of the citizens and landowners of Currituck County; and to implement the policies and objectives of county-adopted plans addressing the county’s growth and development.

Currituck County current Unified Development Ordinance was last amended on August 20, 2020.

Unified Development Ordinance Text Amendments

The following ordinances have recently been adopted by the Board of Commissioners but have not yet been incorporated into the published Unified Development

  • PB 21-05 Currituck County – PUD Open Space Text Amendment
    Request to amend the Unified Development Ordinance, Sections 1.8.6 and 10.5 to allow construction of a law enforcement, fire or EMS facility on county-owned land designated as open space in a Planned Unit Development and to amend the definition of law enforcement, fire, and EMS facility to include training facilities.
    Adopted:  April 5, 2021
    Text Amendment (PDF)
  • PB 21-01 Currituck County – Multi-Family Townhouse Stormwater Text Amendment
    Request to amend the Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 7, Section 7.3.4(B)2 to exempt Type I subdivision of multi-family townhouse developments from the stormwater detention requirements for a 24-hour storm with a 10-year recurrence interval.
    Adopted:  March 1. 2021
    Text Amendment (PDF)
  • PB 20-19 Bissell Professional Group
    Request for an amendment to the Currituck County Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 2:  Administration, Section 2.4.8.D., Minor Subdivision, Chapter 6: Subdivision and Infrastructure Standards , Section 6.2.1., Street Standards, and Section 6.2.3. Utility Standards to simplify the approval process, design standards, and defer infrastructure installation for non-residential subdivisions containing three or fewer lots.
    Adopted:  February 1, 2021
    Text Amendment (PDF)
  • PB 20-17 Currituck County
    Request to amend the Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 4, Table 4.1.1.B. Summary Use Table – Planned Development Districts to correct previously adopted language for agronomic uses, large wind energy facilities, and aviation outdoor tour operators.
    Adopted:  January 4, 2021
    Text Amendment (PDF)
  • PB 20-15 Tractor Supply Company
    Request to amend the Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter 4. Use Standards, and Chapter 10. Definitions and Measurement, to allow large outdoor display & storage areas; and display areas that are not directly adjacent to the principle structure for agricultural support and services uses.
    Adopted:  November 2, 2020
    Text Amendment (PDF)

Administrative Manual

The administrative manual (PDF) is intended to assist in the administration of the Unified Development Ordinance.  The manual consolidates information in the development review process and helps applicants understand the procedures and requirements.  In an effort to ease the review process, the manual also includes:

  • application forms,
  • review checklists,
  • and submittal and fee schedules.
Stormwater Manual

The stormwater manual (PDF) is intended to provide guidance in appropriate BMP selection, design criteria to meet stormwater regulations, and proper BMP maintenance.  The manual also includes:

  • required forms,
  • submittal checklists for stormwater plans,
  • and guidance for determining runoff rates.

*Note: the items under the Design Checklists is in Excel.