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.


To view Hurricane Matthew Recovery Announcements - Debris-Pick-up click here: Hurricane Matthew Debris -------- Water levels on flooded Town streets in the area of the Avenues continue to recede. This entire area of Town was covered with flood waters interconnecting with each other and with existing natural water bodies, making it infeasible to attempt to pump water off any Town street and discharge it into the ocean. Emergency vehicles have been able to access this area the entire time since the storm. Due to certain flooded areas now being separated, attempts to pump remaining high water standing on certain streets to the ocean beach will occur in different locations under an emergency permit - which allows this effort as long as emergency vehicle travel is impeded on a street.