The permit office will be closed on Wednesday, July 11, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Staff will not be available to accept permit applications, issue permits or receive phone calls during this time. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Our office hours are Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with no new walk-in customers accepted after 4:15 p.m. daily.
The Permit Office will be closed on the first Wednesday of every month from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Permits will not be issued during this time.
The Inspections Division of the Planning and Development Services Department is a City-County agency responsible for reviewing and inspecting building related activities throughout all of Forsyth County, with the exception of Kernersville. Our staff reviews plans and issues permits for electrical, mechanical, plumbing and building activities consistent with the codes adopted by the State of North Carolina. Additionally, our staff issues permits and enforces zoning regulations consistent with the adopted zoning codes (Unified Development Ordinances) of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, Clemmons, Lewisville and Walkertown.
The Inspections Division of the Planning and Development Services Department has activated a new online permitting system called BuildIT. BuildIT replaces InspectNet. Browse BuildIT information.
NOTICE: Beginning January 1, 2018, all Commercial Plan Review Submittals MUST be submitted electronically. No new paper plans will be accepted. Go to submission site for instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Fred Holbrook at 336-727-2328. Thank you.
Permit Refund Process [pdf/30.9kb/1p]
Administrative Zoning Letter Requests [pdf/56kb/1p]
Electronic Plan Review Application Instructions:
Domestic Kitchen Makeup Air Requirements [pdf/81.6kb/1p]
How is our service, good or bad? Please take our CUSTOMER SERVICE FEEDBACK survey. We will compile the results to better enhance our service to you.
The City of Winston-Salem has enacted a cell phone policy restricting the use of a City-issued cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Therefore, if you attempt to reach one of our inspectors by phone and they do not answer, please leave them a message and they will return your call as soon as possible.
MUNICODE (Code of Ordinances for Winston-Salem):
Unified Development Ordinances - Municode
From Dan Dockery's Desk -North Carolina Council of Code Officials [pdf/258kb/8p]
Congratulations to Brian Sieck on passing the Mechanical I State exam.
Congratulations to Kevin Parrish in passing his Plumbing exam.
Congratulations to Tracy Phillips in passing the Building Level I test.
Congratulations to Luke Beeson on his certification as Mechanical Inspector Level I.
Congratulations to Keith Kiger in passing his Level III state test today.
Congratulations to Glenn Johnson in passing his Level II Building Inspector test.
Congratulations to Curtis Lambert in passing his Level II Mechanical Inspection state exam.
Credit Card Acceptance Policy
Bank Card Payment Acceptance Policy October 1 2015 [pdf]
Permits for New Residential Single Family Construction requires posting of the Energy Efficiency Certificate [pdf/182kb/1p].
Inspections Division Offering Commercial Building Evaluation Service || Change of Use Form on Forms & Fees page
NOTICE OF CHANGES: ALL EROSION CONTROL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDING PLAN SUBMITTAL APPLICANTS [pdf/45.6kb/1p]
NOTICE: COMMERCIAL PERMIT APPLICANTS - PLAN REVIEW FEE CHANGES [pdf/69kb/1p]
FOR THE KIDS!
Be sure to see our page especially designed for you. There are several links to a lot of fun activities to do. There is even a little bit of history too. "The Kid Zone." Enjoy.
LOCATION GUIDE to City and County Offices in Downtown Winston-Salem [pdf/396kb/1p]
Looking for the inspector territorial maps? Use the Forms & Fees link, look down under Forms for Inspector Territorial Maps.