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 adapted 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.

Our office hours are Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., with no new walk-ins accepted after 4:15 p.m. daily.

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.

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Administrative Zoning Letter Requests [pdf/236kb/1p]

Electronic Plan Review Applicant Workshops

Electrical Continued Education Class for 2016 [pdf/364kb/1p]

Domestic Kitchen Makeup Air Requirements [pdf/81.6kb/1p]

*Instructions for setting up an inspectnet account [pdf]



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.

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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.

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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 for being our 2015 Employee of the Year! A co-worker wrote that Brian is always willing to do after hours inspections, works well with the contractors and his co-workers. He has a great personality and friendly and courteous to everyone that he is in contact with. Brian is definitely an asset to the Planning and Development Services/Inspector. Thank you Brian for all that you do.

Brian Sieck, Electrical Inspector

Congratulations to Desmond Corley on passing the Zoning Certification Course!

Congratulations to Keith Kiger on passing the Building Level II State Exam!

Congratulations to Glenn Johnson and Keith Kiger on passing the Level 2 class. Now they will be taking the state exam! Good Job!!!

Congratulations to Luke Beeson on passing the Level III Electrical Exam. Luke joined our team in January and has worked hard to accomplish the Electrical III certification which is a difficult task to do. Good job Luke!

Congratulations to Curtis Lambert! Curtis passed the Level I Mechanical test.

Congratulations to Terry Parks on his passing the state test for a Level III Electrical Inspector.

Congratulations to Curtis Lambert on his passing the state test for a Level III Plumbing Inspector.

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 336-747-6953.

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


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.

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