Inspections Division

Due to COVID restrictions, the office is closed to the public. However, we are still serving customers through digital plan review, email and phone calls, and we are still conducting inspections. If you have questions or need assistance, please call our office at 336-727-2624.

Commercial and Multifamily Building Permits

To submit applications for commercial building permits and multifamily residential building permits, click here.

Single Family Building Permits

As of December 24, you are required to submit for single family (new construction, alterations, and additions; etc) permits through our electronic plan review system, “IDT”.

For additional information, click here.

Zoning Boards of Adjustment

Due to COVID19, the zoning board members have amended the Rules of Procedures and the petitioner for a consent renewal is no longer required to attend the Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting.  However, if there is opposition at the meeting when your case is heard, the case will be continued to the next meeting and you or a representative for the case will be required to attend to next scheduled meeting.

The City of Winston-Salem Zoning Board of Adjustment will be held May 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm, at City Hall in the Council Chamber, located at 101 N. Main Street, Room 230, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the location has been changed to allow for greater social distancing. Please be aware, you are required to wear your protective facial covering when entering the building.

 The Forsyth County Zoning Board of Adjustment will be held  April 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm, at City Hall in the Council Chamber, located at 101 N. Main Street, Room 230, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the location has been changed to allow for greater social distancing. Please be aware, you are required to wear your protective facial covering when entering the building.


Procedure changes to minimize the threat of COVID-19

  • URGENT - Changes to requested inspections, effective immediately (PDF)
  • Walk-ins WILL NOT be accepted.
  • Commercial and sign applications are only accepted through IDT (digital plan submittal).

    *Review times and permit issuance are around two weeks. The permit office has been heavily bombarded with building permit requests during COVID-19. Please be patient as we try to serve you during this hectic time. We understand you need your permit as soon as possible and we are working diligently to assist, with limited resources. Please watch for our emails as the permitting process will be handle through email. Thank you!
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing permits can be obtained through BuildIT (online permitting system) or over the phone. Refrigeration permits can be obtained over the phone.
  • Inspections can be scheduled through a contractor’s BuildIT account or over the phone.

For general questions, scheduling, or over the phone permitting, please contact the permit office at 336-727-2624.


About Inspections

The Inspections Division of the Planning and Development Services Department is a City-County agency responsible for reviewing and inspecting building and zoning related activities throughout Forsyth County, with the exception of Kernersville town limits. 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 completes plan review, issues permits, and enforces zoning regulations consistent with the adopted zoning codes (Unified Development Ordinances) of:

  • Clemmons
  • Forsyth County
  • Lewisville
  • Walkertown
  • Winston-Salem

Inspector Cell Phone Policy

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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