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Planning + Inspections

City of Whiteville Planning & Inspections 

The City’s Planning, Zoning, and Inspections department assists the City Council and appointed Boards (Planning and Zoning Board and the Board of Adjustment) in several areas. Some of these areas are managing growth and promoting public health, safety and general welfare through the formulation of plans, policy recommendations as well as the administration of the City’s Code, North Carolina State Building Codes and various nuisance codes and statutes. 

 The goal of the department is to provide the very best service to our customers in the development community, while developing strategies to guide growth in a manner that preserves and enhances both the natural and built environments and creating a community of lasting value. 

  Some functions of this department include: 

  • Preparing/revising/updating zoning and subdivision ordinances

  • Enforcing and interpreting ordinances

  • Review and processing of plans for permits and public hearings

  • Conduct of inspections and code enforcement

  • Staff support to the Planning and Zoning Board and the Board of Adjustment

  • Maintenance of the Land Use Plan and Official Zoning Map

  • Conduct for fire inspections in assembly, business, mercantile, factory-industrial, hazardous, daycare, foster care, institutional and educational facilities

  • Conduct of fire safety and training to staff and the public

  • Risk Management for the City

  • Special Events Management in the City

Preliminary Flood Hazard Data

Preliminary flood hazard data is available for review on the FRIS website. This information is only available in digital form. Public Participation Meetings will be held to receive public comments prior to the adoption of the maps.

Hal Lowder, Jr.

Hal Lowder, Jr.

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Kyle Duncan

Kyle Duncan

Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis

Safety & Risk Management
Hal Lowder, Jr.
Safety & Risk Management Officer, Fire Marshal, Emergency Manager
910.640.1380 ext 2004
910.642.4407 (fax)

Hal Lowder, Jr. was appointed by the City Manager on May 4, 2015. He has worked in the public sector since 1978 serving citizens in the State of Georgia, and now in the City of Whiteville.

During his career in the fire and safety arena, Mr. Lowder, has achieved a number of certifications throughout the United States related to fire and safety training, to also include emergency management. Mr. Lowder is a certified NC Level III Fire Inspector.

Mr. Lowder has attended and studied at Emanuel College, Southern Polytechnic University, and is a graduate of Covenant Life Seminary and Lanier Technical College in Theology (Christian Ministries). He studied Criminal Justice and Fire Science Technology. 

Mr. Lowder served in the US Army, and during Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield.


Kyle Duncan
Building Inspector
910-640-1380 ext. 2002 or 910.642.8046
910.642.4407 (fax)

Kyle Duncan was appointed by the City Manager on October 31, 2016. He has worked in the public sector since 2005 serving area citizens of Columbus County. Mr. Duncan began working in the field of construction and as an electrician as early as 1985.

Mr. Duncan holds the NC Standard Inspection Certificates in all four trades, Building, Electrical, Mechanical, and Plumbing. He also holds a limited NC electrical contractor's license. 


Robert Lewis
910-640-1380 or 910.642.8046
910.642.4407 (fax)

Robert Lewis was appointed as Planning Director by the City Manager on July 10th, 2017.  Robert holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina University with a concentration in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  

He has worked in the public sector since 2006 serving as the Planning Director for the Town of Elizabethtown, Columbus County, and the Town of Shallotte.  

Robert has been recognized as a Certified Zoning Officer by the North Carolina Association of Zoning Officials since 2008.

Contact Planning + Inspection

317 S. Madison Street
Whiteville, NC 28472
910.642.4407 (fax)                

Planning Forms

Inspection Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need to submit a:                        

  • Change of Zone application?          

  • Street and alley closing petition?

  • Annexation petition?

  • Variance and special use request?

  • Request for City or State Road Closures for a Special Event in the City?

  • Request for certificates of appropriateness?

Please call 910.640.1380 or 910.642.8046, select Option 2
Fax: 910.642.4407  

Do you need to schedule or pay for an inspection?
Do you need a permit?

Please call 910.642.1380 or 910.642.8046, select Option 2
Fax: 910.642.4407      


Crystal Strickland

Crystal Strickland



Permit Technician
Crystal Strickland
910.642.8046 ext. 2001
910.642.4407 (fax)