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.
The office staff works from 8:00 AM to 5:00 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 would like to speak to an inspector, please call or come to our office during the hours of 8-9 AM or 1-2 PM. They are available to answer your questions and lend assistance during those in-office hours.
City of Thomasville, Planning / Inspections Dept.
PO Box 368, Thomasville, NC 27360
City of Thomasville, Planning / Inspections Dept. (located on the 2nd floor)
10 Salem Street, Thomasville, NC 27360
Planning & Inspections Staff:
Chuck George, Zoning Administrator
Tamara Lebow, Permits / Office Administrator
Matt Tow, Commercial Building / Plumbing Inspector
Eddie Cranford, Electrical / Residential Inspector
John Alexander, Mechanical / Residential Inspector
Josh Parks, Minimum Housing Inspector / Code Enforcement
Randall Markham, Minimum Housing Inspector / Code Enforcement
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 (email@example.com), 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.
Inspections can be scheduled online (through the Building Permit link above), provided the permit has been both paid for and released in our system. You will need to have both your permit number and PIN number, in order to schedule the inspection. *Please be advised leaving a voicemail does NOT guarantee a scheduled inspection.*
All businesses that have a physical location within the city limits of Thomasville are required to register their business. Initially, you will need to complete the business registration application, which is then reviewed by the zoning administrator, building inspector and fire marshal. Application for Business Registration 2022
Renewals of your business registration will be sent out in June of each year. You can pay the renewal fee of $25.00* online, in person, or by mail. * Please be advised that penalties may be charged for payments after the expiration date of your Business Registration. (*please remit this payment separate from your utility payment.)
Current schedule of fees (effective as of July 1, 2022) 2023 Permit Fee Schedule
If you are having trouble utilizing our online system, or need a callback from someone, please send an email to our Permit Technician, Tamara Lebow, at the email link above.