Planning and Inspections


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The department's purpose is to serve the City of Thomasville by protecting the public's health, safety, and general welfare.  This protection is provided through the enforcement of the technical codes and the General Statues set forth by the State of North Carolina, as well as, Thomasville's Code of Ordinances.  It is our goal to enforce these codes in a professional manner and provide knowledge and understanding to contractors and citizens of Thomasville.  In addition, we accept plans for review and issuance of building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits for new construction, additions to existing structures, and alterations to existing structures.  The department also issues permits for demolition, storage buildings,  signs, and swimming pools.

A building  permit can be applied for online (by clicking the underlined link below), but it must have a written application form attached at the end of your request.   You can request a stand alone permit for plumbing, mechanical and/or electrical trades by telephone or by going online (through the following link)  Building Permit  .   To add your subcontractor permit request to an existing building permit, please call or email the permit technician (, with the scope of your work.  Your permit information will then be emailed to you along with steps on how to pay for the permit, request an inspection*, or how to view the inspection results.

***Please note that you will not need to create a login in order to access the Building Permit page above.***

Also you can come into our office to obtain your permits, as well as pay by check or cash.  If you prefer to pay by credit card, there is access to a computer in our reception area. 

Click here for a list of downloadable forms.

Office Information

The office staff works from 8 AM to 5 PM and Inspectors work from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  Please be advised the department is closed from 12:00pm - 1:00pm (daily).  If you wish to speak to an Inspector, please call during the hours of 8-9 AM or 1-2 PM. They are available to answer your questions and lend assistance during their office hours.