The Planning and Development Services Department is composed of staff ( see organization chart [pdf/381kb/5p]) in two divisions: Planning and Inspections.

Planning Division 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 division accomplishes this work in four multidisciplinary areas:Comprehensive and Urban Design Planning; Community Character; Land Use Administration; and GIS/Mapping. Read more about the Planning Division and the work areas.

Inspections Division 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, this division 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.


 Chris Murphy Margaret Bessette Daniel Dockery  Tarra Jolly Beth Broom Onnie Pleasant

, Director, 336-747-7068

Deputy Director, Inspections, 336-727-8016

, Assistant Director, Planning, 336-747-7058

Chief Building Official, 336-727-2084

, Graphics Coordinator, 336-747-7044

, Senior Administrative Assistant, 336-747-7053

Administrative Secretary, 336-747-7040

, Administrative Secretary, 336-748-3097

Planning Division

Comprehensive Planning and Design

Area plans, Legacy 2030 Comprehensive Plan, Redevelopment Plans, Special Design, Public Outreach

Community Character

Historic Preservation, Community Appearance, Subdivision, Site Plans, Front Counter

Land Use Administration

Zoning, Special Use Permits, Zoning Enforcement, Permit Office


Inspections Division

Permit Office

Plans Review

Building Inspectors

Electrical Inspectors

Plumbing Inspectors

Mechanical Inspectors

Fire Marshals

Revised 7/15/2019

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