Building Salem's Future
The Department of Community Development is a multidisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to ensuring that the residents of Salem have the kind of future they deserve.
Our office is located at 21 South Bruffey Street, and houses the Building Inspections, Engineering, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Planning, and Zoning functions for Salem. It is your one-stop-shop for building permits, plan review, rezoning requests, community outreach planning activities, zoning questions and more.
Charles E. Van Allman Jr. P.E., L.S.
Director of Community Development
The Building Inspections Division oversees the process of Building Plan review, the issuance of building, trades and sign permits, and all building and trades inspections.
Building Official - Todd Sutphin
The Engineering Division oversees the construction of public works projects, repaving of roads, stormwater regulations, and provides technical expertise to other city departments.
City Engineer - Will Simpson
Geographic Information Systems
The Geographic Information Systems Division oversees the city’s spatial information data, provides mapping services to other city departments, and maintains public access to accurate GIS data.
GIS Analyst - Charles Grant
The Planning Division oversees all plan development efforts such as the Downtown Plan and the Comprehensive Plan.It also manages the activities of the Planning Commission and handles requests for rezoning, Special Exception Permits, the Site Plan review process, and various other long range activities.
City Planner - Benjamin W. Tripp
The Zoning Division oversees current activities and ongoing development, all zoning compliance reviews, zoning permits and determinations of use.
Zoning Administrator - Mary Ellen Wines