Planning, and Inspections

Welcome to the Department of Planning, Inspections & Central Permitting(now called Community Development).

**COVID19 Update**
May 1, 2020

Community Development remains open for permitting, planning, and inspections. Constituents are urged to first call 336.342.8130 to determine if we can meet your needs via phone, email, mail or online services.

Permitting and Inspections: We accept permit applications via email, fax, phone, and mail. Payments can be made via check or credit card and we do accept credit cards over the phone. Applications are available for download here. When using email, please submit signed applications and other documents in PDF format. County inspectors are limiting inspections to work required for occupancy, and new home construction. Inspections for work such as basement finishes, remodels, additions, garages, etc. will have to wait for social distancing mandates to lessen. Please help keep our staff safe for essential inspections by maintaining a 6’ social distance in the field, and asking questions via phone or email.

Planning: Documents and Forms are available for download. Planning approvals are processed electronically, and we can forward signed final plats to the Register of Deeds if desired. The Technical Review Committee is reviewing submittals digitally as they are submitted to Planning.

Planning Board: The combined Rockingham County Planning Board/Board of Adjustment will resume their regularly scheduled meetings beginning May 11, 2020 with social distancing precautions. Click on the Planning Board page for  options to participate in a public hearing. Citizens may also watch a live stream of the meetings here.Staff will be available through email and phone by calling 336-342-8130.

Community Development is...
...a centralized location for planning and development services in Rockingham County.


Community Development works together with other County departments toward the County Commissioners’ vision for growth and development that is balanced, high quality and safe for the citizens of Rockingham County.

We are guided through the county’s Land Use Plan and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO); state rules for water quality, flood protection, and environmental preservation
Community Development includes 4 areas:

Planning and Zoning-

approvals for zoning and site development, subdivision of land, and long range planning. Management of the County’s Land Use Plan and Unified Development Ordinance. We also enforce zoning regulations for the Town of Wentworth.

Central Permitting -

permitting and  applications for building, environmental health, and public utilities. Permitting Technicians work with customers to help complete and issue building permits, applications for private water and sewer systems, and applications for new public utility service. Techs also collect water and sewer payments here. Central Permitting is located adjacent to Environmental Health for convenient access to private well and wastewater inspections.

Building Inspections-

inspections and occupancy approvals for all development subject to the NC Building Code. Staff reviews plans and issues permits for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and building activities consistent with the North Carolina State Building Code. Additionally, our staff completes plan review and issues permits for the towns of Stoneville, Mayodan, and Wentworth. 

Code Enforcement-

enforcement of the county’s ordinances for nuisances, zoning, and solid waste, and State regulations such as the NC State Building Code. 

Department Staff

Carrie Spencer, ACIP
Department Director

Central Permitting
Tina Ayala, Permitting Technician
Morgan Hutcherson, Permitting Technician Environmental Health

Building Inspections
Mark Langel, Chief Building Inspector
Mike Scott, Building Inspector
Ken Shelton, Building Inspector

Planning & Zoning Administration
Emily Bacon, Planner
(336) 342-8364


Tina & Mike



Office location:

371 NC Hwy 65

Wentworth, NC   Suite 100

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Inspector's Hours:

8:00 am - 9:30 am

We cannot issue permits or collect money after 4:00 pm


Permitting and Inspections

Phone 336-342-8130

Fax 336-342-8362

Email Permit Technicians (Building or Environmental Health):

Tina Ayala

Morgan Hutcherson

Planning and Zoning

Phone 336-342-8364

Fax 336-342-8362

Email Planners

Emily Bacon

Carrie Spencer

Mailing address

PO Box 68

Reidsville, NC 27320


 Rockingham County North Carolina
Contact Us
Rockingham County Government
371 NC Hwy 65
Reidsville NC 27320
Phone: 336.342.8100
Fax: 336.342.8105