Combined Services of Planning and Inspections

Planning Division

The Planning Division is a joint City-County agency serving Winston-Salem and unincorporated Forsyth County as well as the smaller municipalities of Bethania, Tobaccoville, Rural Hall. Our staff has expertise in land use planning, transportation planning, economic development, historic preservation, neighborhood revitalization, environmental protection, and other issues affecting the growth of our community. Staff provides the data, information and professional recommendations regarding land use issues and other planning policy questions to the City-County Planning Board and elected boards to help them make informed recommendations and decisions.

The Planning Board was established by a special act of the North Carolina General Assembly in 1948 to provide consolidated planning services to the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. As such, it is the oldest consolidated city-county agency in North Carolina. The Board is served by Planning staff which also functions as an administrative department of City and County governments. 

Inspections Division

The Inspections Division is a joint City-County agency serving Winston-Salem and unincorporated Forsyth County as well as the smaller municipalities of Bethania, Clemmons, Lewisville, Rural Hall, Tobaccoville, and Walkertown. Our staff works to ensure all new construction and alterations and/or repairs to existing buildings are properly permitted and constructed in compliance with the State of North Carolina adopted building codes and locally adopted development regulations.

Additionally, our staff provides staff support and administers applications to the Zoning Boards of Adjustment of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, Clemmons and Lewisville. Functions of the Zoning Boards of Adjustment include hearing requests for Special Use Permits, variances, appeals and interpretations.

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