Planning and Inspections

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Our departments 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, as well as, the citizens of Thomasville. In addition we accept plans for review and issuance of building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits. In addition, we issue permits for demolition, signs, renovation and swimming pools.

You can request a permit for plumbing, mechanical and/or electrical by telephone using your debit or credit card; you can mail a check or you can come in person to our office to obtain your permits. Click here for a list of downloadable forms.

The Planning Dept. reviews site plans for construction projects; please submit 5 sets of plans with your project.

Building Permits

When completing your building permit application, please remember to also complete the workers’ compensation coverage affidavit or provide us with a certificate of insurance. It is required before a building permit application can be issued. A permit request for a single family dwelling usually takes 3 days to process and a request for a commercial permit usually takes one week to 10 days to process. We will contact the general contractor, once the plans have been approved, with the cost of the permit.


The Inspections Dept. reviews construction plans. Please submit 2 sets of drawings with your application. An additional set of plans must be mailed to the Fire Inspector at the address below.

Rocky Watts, Fire Inspector
City of Thomasville
712 East Main Street
Thomasville, NC 27360

Office Information

The office staff works from 8 AM to 5 PM and Inspectors work from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM (except for lunch from 12 PM - 1 PM). If you wish to speak to an Inspector, please call during 8-9 AM or 1-2 PM. They are available to answer your questions and lend assistance during their office hours.


Mailing Address City of Thomasville
Planning / Inspections Dept.
PO Box 368
Thomasville, NC 27360
Physical Address City of Thomasville
Planning / Inspections Dept.
10 Salem Street
Thomasville, NC 27360


Department Contact Number
Permits & Land Management (336) 475-4249
Building & Plumbing (336) 475-4253 / (336) 475-4200
Electrical & Mechanical (336) 475-4202 / (336) 475-4252
Planning & Zoning (336) 475-4255
Minimum Housing (336) 475-4251

Planning & Inspections Staff

Director of Planning and Inspections

Chuck George

(336) 475-4255

 Commercial Building / Plumbing Inspector

Matt Tow 

(336) 475-4253

Electrical / Residential Inspector

Richard Rowe

(336) 475-4202

Mechanical /  Residential Inspector

Keith Scoggins

(336) 475-4252

Minimum Housing Inspector

Mark Cooper

(336) 475-4251

Permits / Land Management
Business License Assistant

Rhonda Osborne

(336) 475-4249