Unified Development Ordinance

udographicThe Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) combines into a single document the town's zoning, subdivision, land use, grading, storm water management, and historic preservation regulations.

The UDO is has been prepared to make land use regulations easy to locate, including graphics, tables, and images to help clarify the rules and expectations. It contains a simplified use table, new standards for architectural design, enhanced requirements for the dedication of public open space, and clear supplemental use requirements that reduce the reliance on unpredictable Special Use Permits and other laborious permit processes.

UDO - Updated August 2021


For specific copies of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) effective prior to August 2021, contact Planning Staff. The UDO effective January 2021 may be referenced here

Maps, Manuals & More

Zoning maps, the Manual of Specifications, Standards and Details (MSSD), & official planting list can be viewed at the following links: 

Zoning Map

Overlay District Map

Manual of Specifications, Standards and Details (MSSD)

Official Planting List


Unified Development Ordinance
Senior Planner - Development Services

Wake Forest Town Hall
Third Floor
301 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC 27587


Monday - Friday
8 am - 4 pm