Boarding/Rooming/Shared Single-Family House Registration - City and County

The Winston-Salem City Council and the Forsyth County Commissioners have passed revisions to zoning ordinances pertaining to single-family houses that have been converted into boarding or rooming houses, as well as single-family houses that are shared and occupied by more than four unrelated persons 18 years or older (and their children). The revisions apply only to certain residential zoning districts, and set deadlines for bringing these buildings into compliance, regardless of when they were converted or established.

The revisions required the owners of these buildings, both in Winston-Salem and in the unincorporated areas of Forsyth County, to register with the Winston-Salem Department of Community and Business Development between Jan. 1, 2008 and Jan 1, 2009.

See below for registration form and samples of filled-in forms.

Boarding and Rooming Houses

  1. The new rules apply to any rooming house or boarding house that is in Winston-Salem or an unincorporated area of Forsyth County and is on land zoned for single-family houses or on land zoned RSQ. (see FAQ list)
  2. The owners of these houses should have registered the house with the Winston-Salem Community and Business Development Department between Jan. 1, 2008, and Jan. 1, 2009.
  3. These houses must be brought into compliance (see FAQ page) with current zoning regulations by Jan. 1, 2012.

 

These rules do not apply to owners who have legally established their boarding house as a home occupation, as long as they have no more than three lodgers and have a home occupation permit from the Inspections Division.

 

Shared Single-Family Houses

  1. The new rules apply to any single-family house that is shared and occupied by more than four unrelated persons 18 years or older (and their children) that is in Winston-Salem or an unincorporated area of Forsyth County and is on land zoned for single-family houses or on land zoned RSQ (see FAQ page)
  2. The owners of these houses should have registered the house with the Winston-Salem Community and Business Development Department between Jan. 1, 2008, and Jan. 1, 2009.
  3. These houses must be brought into compliance with current zoning regulations by Jan. 1, 2012. (see FAQ page)

 

Registering Your Property

1. You must turn in a signed and notarized registration form by Jan. 1, 2009. Forms are available at the bottom of this page or at the Winston-Salem Community and Business Development Department, 100 E. First St., Suite 423.  Community and Business Development Department has been designated as the agency responsible for registration of the buildings covered under the new rules, both inside the city limits and in Forsyth County.

2. The registration form requires the following information:

  • Address of the property.
  • Address, block and lot number and census tract. (see FAQ page)
  • Property owner name, address, telephone number and e-mail address.
  • Zoning on the property. (see FAQ page)
  • The number of rooms used for sleeping.
  • The number of adult occupants.
  • The number of bedrooms secured by locks to prevent entrance when unoccupied.
  • The number of separate living units.
  • The number of vacant living units.
  • The number of occupied floors in the building.
  • The number of mailboxes serving the building.
  • The number of electrical meters serving the building.
  • The number of kitchens in the building.
  • The number of bathrooms in the building.
  • The number of exterior doors on the building.
  • Areas locked or partitioned to prevent access to some occupants.
  • When the property was converted to its current occupancy.

 

3. Owners will have to turn in a floor plan drawing as a part of the registration application. Instructions on how to do this are below.

4. Sample registration forms and floor plan drawing are available below.

5. If you have questions about registering your property, call Neighborhood Services through City Link at 727-8000.

This page and FAQ as a printable file [pdf] 

FAQ - Frequently-Asked Questions page

 


Sample filled-in registration form [pdf/1p]

Instructions for filling in the registration form [pdf/1p]

Sample filled-in floor plan schematic [pdf/1p]  | see on a web page

Instructions for filling in the floor plan schematic [pdf/1p]

Registration form for Boarding/Rooming/Single-family shared housing [pdf/1p] 
Note: fill this form in on your computer by using your Tab key from field to field. Then print, sign, notarize, and mail to:

 

Rooming House/Boarding House Registration
Community and Business Development Department
City of Winston-Salem
PO Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102-2511

 

  

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