Charlottesville Standards and Design Manual

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pdf icon NEW Standards and Design Manual (December 2, 2019 - Date)

pdf icon OLD Standards and Design Manual (2008 - December 2, 2019)

pdf icon Appendix A - Standard Details

pdf icon Appendix B - Roadway Typical Sections and Right-of-way Requirements

pdf icon Appendix C - Potable Water System Details

pdf icon Appendix D - Sanitary Sewer System Details

pdf icon Appendix E - Pavement Repair Details of Utility Installations

pdf icon Appendix F - Potable Water and Sanitary Sewer System Standard Specifications

pdf icon Appendix G - Gas Distribution System Standard Specifications and Details

pdf icon Appendix H - Tree Planting and Preservation BMP Manual with Details


In 2017, the City commenced a process to review and update the contents of the Standards and Design Manual (SADM) which was originally approved by City Council in 2008 and had not received a comprehensive update since that time.  The purpose of this update was to incorporate needed changes to align the manual with current City goals such as the Streets That Work Plan and other guiding principals.

The Final Draft was adopted by City Council December 2nd, 2019.

The effective date of the newly adopted SADM is December 2, 2019.  The following may proceed using the SADM provision in effect prior to December 2, 2019:

1. Development depicted within a final site plan approved prior to December 2, 2019; and

2. Any common plan of development or sale, or an individual phase within such common plan, for which (i) a proposed final site plan was officially submitted on or after November 1, 2019 and (ii) that officially submitted plan satisfies all requirements necessary to be deemed final, per VA. Code Sec. 15.2-2261(A), on or before March 21, 2020.

In the interest of maintaining an up-to-date document with the idea of a living document, the City will continue to receive feedback on the manual.  All feedback should be submitted to the email address below for consideration in the next revision.