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.


Hurricane Matthew storm debris cleanup began in Southern Shores on October 24th and will continue over the next several weeks. All storm-generated debris will be picked up by the Town's contractors authorized by FEMA. Please have all remaining storm-generated debris out in right-of-way (immediate shoulder) of your public street by Friday December 2nd. The FEMA contractors will continue to pick up storm-generated debris placed out by December 2nd until completed. Note: this pick is not for damaged large items or routine yard waste that have not been generated by the storm. The Town's monthly limb and branch pick-up service, in accordance with its rules and guidelines, for info click here, will resume after December 2nd. Please note the limb and branch removal service does not include removal of piled leaves. We thank our residents for their patience during this time of cleanup, as debris volumes are very high and crews are working every weekday and some weekend hours to finish this process in as timely a manner as possible.