Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

View the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) of Brunswick County, North Carolina (PDF).

The UDO was revised and readopted on March 16, 2015, with its most recent revision on October 16, 2023.


These regulations are adopted pursuant to the authority granted to Brunswick County by Chapter 160D of the General Statutes of North Carolina.


These regulations govern the development and use of all land, waters, and structures in Brunswick County which are outside of the zoning jurisdiction of any other governmental unit having equal land use regulatory authority.


It is the purpose of this Ordinance to:

  1.  promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the residents of Brunswick County;
  2. implement the policies and goals contained with officially adopted plans, including the Blueprint Brunswick 2040 Plan (previously Brunswick Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan), Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) Land Use Plan, any other adopted County land use documents;
  3. preserve the overall quality of life for residents and visitors;
  4. protect the character of established residential neighborhoods;
  5. maintain economically vibrant as well as attractive business and commercial areas;
  6. retain and expand the County’s employment base;
  7. maintain orderly and compatible land-use and development patterns;
  8. lessen congestion in the streets and accommodate the use of alternatives to the private automobile including public transportation, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities;
  9. ensure adequate light, air, privacy, and access to property;
  10. encourage environmentally responsible development practices;
  11. promote rehabilitation and reuse of older buildings;
  12. maintain a range of housing choices and options;
  13. establish clear and efficient development review and approval procedures; and
  14. accommodate growth and development that complies with the preceding stated purposes.