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Zoning Board of Adjustment, Forsyth County


The Forsyth County Zoning Board of Adjustment is governed by the Forsyth County zoning ordinance known as the Unified Development Ordinance (“UDO”) and by state statutes. The Board has three main functions: 1) consideration of applications for special use permits; 2) consideration of applications for variances; and 3) rendering decisions on appeals of interpretations of the UDO and appeals of the decisions of the Historic Resources Commission and County Housing Administrator. The majority of the Special Use Permit applications are to place manufactured homes in residential zoning districts. Variances are requests for exceptions to the zoning ordinance, such as placing a building closer to the street than the required front yard setback.
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This Board is quasi-judicial and conducts public hearings with sworn testimony. The Board makes findings of fact and applies the relevant local and state law when granting or denying applications. Appeals from this Board's decisions are heard by the Superior Court.


The Forsyth County Zoning Board of Adjustment is composed of five (5) regular and two (2) alternate members. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for three (3) year terms. The composition of the Board includes individuals from Forsyth County who have some knowledge of real estate matters or land development.

Currently Serving

Term Expires
Mr. Seth B Brown  4/30/2018
Ms. Diana S Johnson  4/30/2016
Mr. Thomas Kangur Jr.  4/30/2017
Mr. Terry D Lefler  4/30/2017
Mr. Chris Murphy Inpsection's Interim Director 
Mr. Phillip R Rector  4/30/2017
Mrs. Bertha N Rothrock-Davis  4/30/2018
Mr. Kerry Venable  4/30/2016


Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm in the Public Meeting Room on the fifth floor of the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, 100 E. First Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Other Information

Applications to appear before the Board may be made in the City/County Inspections Department office located in suite 328 of the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building. Applications must be made twenty (20 days before a meeting.
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For more information, please call the City/County Inspections Division at 727-2628.
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SL 1947, Ch 677, Sec 32; County Code, Sec. 23-14.
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Initial Appointments 4-3-67.
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UDO B.10-1.1


District Map

District Map

District A
Everette Witherspoon - Term Expires: Dec. 2018
Walter Marshall - Term Expires: Dec. 2018
District B
Richard V. Linville - Term Expires: Dec. 2016
Don Martin - Term Expires: Dec. 2018
David R. Plyler - Term Expires: Dec. 2016
Gloria D. Whisenhunt - Term Expires: Dec. 2016
At Large
Ted Kaplan - Term Expires: Dec. 2018

Forsyth County Code

The County Code is the official record of ordinances adopted by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners. By clicking on the link below, you will be able to access an online copy of the County Code.

Please note that when you click on this link, you will be leaving the Forsyth County website and entering a website owned and operated by Municipal Code Corporation, also known as “Municode.” The County Code displayed on the Municode site is updated annually and, therefore, may not contain recently approved ordinances.

View the Forsyth County Code

TV Broadcast Schedule

View our TV Broadcast on the Government Channel The Commissioner's meetings, held on Mondays, are broadcast live at 6:00 pm on WSTV 13 - The Government Channel. They are rebroadcast the following Tuesday at 9:00 AM and the following Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

The Commissioner's briefings, held on Thursdays, are broadcast live at 2:00 pm on WSTV 13 - The Government Channel. They are rebroadcast the same day at 6:00 pm.