Planning & Code Enforcement



Land Use Plan




Town Planner/Code Enforcement Officer

A native of Perquimans County, NC, Wes Haskett graduated from East Carolina University in 2006 with a BS degree in Urban and Regional Planning.  Wes served as a Planner/Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Edenton, Chowan County, and Gates County prior to being employed by the Town of Southern Shores in November 2009.





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Dabni Shelton is from Hatteras Island, NC and began her career in 1991 with Dare County Parks and Recreation and later with Planning as a Zoning Administrator.  She previously served as a Zoning Administrator with the Town of Nags Head. She has been a CAMA Local Permit Officer since 1999, obtained her Zoning Official Certification in 2008, and Floodplain Manager Certification in 2014.  Dabni also represents the Town of Southern Shores as the Floodplain Administrator and Community Rating System (CRS) Coordinator.







Building Inspector

Buddy Shelton serves as the Town Building Inspector. He is also the Chief Building Inspector of Dare County. A native and resident of Stumpy Point in Dare County, James “Buddy” Shelton has been the Southern shores Building Inspector since November of 2010. He graduated from Manteo High School in 1977 and began his career with Dare County as a Building Inspector in 1987. He became the County’s Chief Building Inspector in 2005 and continues to serve in that official capacity.


Storm Related Yard Waste Removal in Southern Shores- The Town of Southern Shores will commence on Monday September 12th with pick-up of property owners’ vegetative yard waste generated by Tropical Storm Hermine. This pick-up will be for vegetative yard waste only. Please note that tree and branch removal contractors and professional landscapers must remove any debris (including trees, stumps, limbs, branches, etc.) that they cut, move, or handle in any way on behalf of a property owner. The Town or its contractor will not pick up this yard-waste. Pick-up will commence and proceed concurrent with the existing schedule for sectors of the Town’s existing limb and branch removal service. Pick-up will begin the week of Monday September 12th in Sector 1 (orange). A map of the sectors and schedule may be found at the following link on the Town’s website: Please make every effort to have yard waste generated by this storm at edge of street by pick-up time. Un-bagged leaves and small twigs will be picked up. Please refrain from placing leaves in plastic bags. The Town’s semi-annual large item bulk pick-up is scheduled for Friday October 21.