Inspections Division

Procedure changes to minimize the threat of COVID-19

  • URGENT - Changes to requested inspections, effective immediately (PDF)
  • Walk-ins WILL NOT be accepted without appointments. Call 336-727-2624 to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled every 30 minutes starting at 8:00 a.m. The last appointment will be 4:00 p.m. Upon signing in with the guard, the guard will call the permit office to confirm your appointment time. Once confirmed, you may proceed to the permit office.
  • Commercial and sign applications are only accepted through IDT (digital plan submittal).
  • Residential single family applications (new construction, alterations, and additions) should be submitted through email to a permit technician. All building plans, applications, and site plans/surveys should be in the PDF format.
    Permit Technicians:
    Jamie Canty: jamiec@cityofws.org
    Lizka Bradley: lizkab@cityofws.org
  • 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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