Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

Adopted in 2006, the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) lays out the rules for the physical development of property. The UDO designates zoning of properties in Durham, and is crafted to result in a built environment that meets the goals of the Comprehensive Plan. The UDO superseded the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.

This page includes a searchable and navigable version of the UDO, and the entire UDO in a PDF format.  A list of adopted text amendments to the UDO is available within either format.


Recently Adopted Amendments



The following text amendments have been recently adopted by both the Durham City Council and Board of Commissioners. These amendments should be referenced in order to prepare for application submittals on or after the listed effective dates. The UDO will be updated on or shortly after the effective dates. 


TC1700001 Omnibus 10 - EFFECTIVE August 31, 2017
TC1400003 Design District Updates – EFFECTIVE September 1, 2017