NOTICE: Our office hours are Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with no new walk-ins accepted after 4:30 p.m.
Our inspectors work to ensure that the construction, alteration, or repair of structures in Forsyth County and Winston-Salem adhere to the established building codes and standards.
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The City of Winston-Salem has enacted a new 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.
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Please note that you must be a Contractor in order to schedule your own inspections or to purchase permits via Inspectnet. General Contractors, however; cannot purchase building permits over the inspectnet. You must come into our office to purchase your building permit. If you were to have any questions concerning this process, you may call our Customer Service line at (336) 727-2624.
Instructions for setting up an inspectnet account [pdf]
CLICK ON THE INSPECTNET BOX ABOVE TO schedule an inspection, purchase a permit or check a status.
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News and Updates
The Inspections Department would like to formally
extend our congratulations to these two employees,
Scott Frye and Sheila Smith for a job well done! They
both will be retiring November 27, 2013, after serving
30 years with the City of Winston-Salem. Good luck to
the both of you in whatever the future may hold. Happy
NOTICE » The new 2013 Fees Schedule Brochure will take effect 7/1/2013
Credit Card Acceptance Policy
The City of Winston-Salem accepts debit and credit (“bank”) card payments for a wide variety of goods and services. The city absorbs the card company and banking fees without charging the customer a convenience fee in order to encourage the use of internet and other electronic forms of payment.
Recently, large companies have implemented the use of bank cards to pay bills owed to the city. This has significantly increased the cost of bank card acceptance. In order to control these costs, the city is implementing limits on the amounts and number of transactions that can be paid using bank cards. Effective September 4, 2012, the city will only accept bank card payments up to a total of $2,500 in any thirty-day period. A limit of ten transactions per bank card per thirty-day period will apply. Checks and cash are always acceptable forms for payment. If you were to have additional questions, please contact the Revenue office at (336)747-6954
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
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDED TO ROBERT "BOB" SMITH, ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR
Congratulations to Mark Tighe as the winner of the “Core Values” category during the Employee Excellence Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, January 30, 2013! This is the first time since 1987 that someone from our department has won a citywide Employee Award. Also, congratulations to Alex Ellis for his nomination as a finalist in the “Outstanding Supervisor” category and Onnie Pleasant for being nominated in the "Core Values" category. Great job! As a department, we are proud of you!
Congratulations to Bill Long, Employee of the Year 2012!
Bill won this honor because he is always willing to help others, always on time for work (early actually). He works hard, is courteous and efficient, always friendly, gets along well with everyone, very knowledgeable of his job and Inspections as a whole and most important, works with a "team spirit" attitude.
Again, congratulations Bill and keep up the good work.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 1st Quarter Customer Service Award Winner, Onnie Pleasant. Onnie is what we would consider the "mother" of our department. She always has a smile no matter what we ask of her. One of our co-workers wrote, "She is great!" She has such a great personality and willingness to help at all times. She always goes over and beyond the call of duty to make sure the need is taken care of at all times. Not only does she demonstrate these remarkable qualities, but she has a pleasant demeanor with all she is around. She consistently displays all four keys to Customer Service. Onnie, we have to say, "You are the best." We thank you for all you do.
WS City Stars of Excellence [pdf80kb/1p] names one of our own, Mark Tighe, as a finalist.
Congratulations to the Three Semifinalists Mark Tighe (Inspections) - Mark was nominated by a co-worker who wrote, "He took it upon himself to take all the training and classes to become state-certified as a continuing education instructor for classes required in the electrical industry to renew licenses and inspector's certifications every three years. Mark provides, at his own expense, classes for all inspectors so that we might maintain our certification at no cost to the city. He offers these classes to all of our local contractors and industry professionals for free as well. Since this is the 8th quarter in which Mark has done so, his efforts exemplify consistent service excellence."
NOTICE OF CHANGES: ALL EROSION CONTROL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDING PLAN SUBMITTAL APPLICANTS [pdf/20.4kb/1p]
NOTICE: COMMERCIAL PERMIT APPLICANTS - PLAN REVIEW FEE CHANGES [pdf/12.5kb/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. Click on the link to the left or right, "The Kid Zone." Enjoy.
LOCATION GUIDE to City and County Offices in Downtown Winston-Salem [pdf/396kb/1p]
Looking for the inspector territorial maps?
In the left column, click on the Forms & Fees link, look down under Forms for Inspector Territorial Maps.