Planning & Code Enforcement


Forms and Applications



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.





Permit Officer

Pat Forrester graduated with a BS degree in Early Childhood Education from Radford College in Virginia. She has served for 11 years as the Administrative Assistant/Permit Officer for the Department and has prior experience as a teacher, bookkeeper, secretary, and mortgage loan coordinator. Pat serves as the current President-Elect of the NC Permitting Personnel Association. She is also active in her community as a member of the Advisory Board of the Local Government Federal Credit Union, a member of the Town of Kitty Hawk Board of Adjustment, and a member of the Kitty Hawk Fire Department Association.


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.