Our office hours are Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. No new walk-in customers accepted after 4:15 p.m. daily and phone calls are not received after 4:43 p.m.

The Permit Office will be closed on the first Wednesday of every month from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Staff will not be available to issue permits or receive phone calls.


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 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.


As of January 1, 2018, all commercial plan review submittals MUST be submitted electronically. Go to submission site for instructions. No new paper plans will be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Glenn Johnson at 336-727-2328. Thank you.


Administrative Zoning Letter Requests [pdf/44.4kb/1p]

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

Permit Refund Process [pdf/160kb/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.


******Important Information******

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]

Credit Card Acceptance Policy

Bank Card Payment Acceptance Policy October 1 2015 [pdf/47.8kb/1p]

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/Handouts/Checklists/Fees page

Notice of Changes: All Erosion Control and Commerical Building Plan Submittal Applicants [pdf/45.6kb/1p]

Notice: Commercial Permit Applicants - Plan Review Fee Changes [pdf/68.7kb/1p]

Location Guide to City and County Offices in Downtown Winston-Salem [pdf/396kb/1p]

Looking for the inspector territorial maps? On the Forms/Handouts/Checklists/Fees page, look under Forms for Inspector Territorial Maps.

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