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Development Services


Jeff Ruggieri
Director of Development Services

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About Us 
Welcome to the City of New Bern's Department of Development Services. Our offices are located at 303 First Street.  Our primary focus is providing assistance to the community in developing plans, ordinances, implementing projects, and administering codes that produce orderly growth while maintaining community character and New Bern’s small town charm.

In response to COVID-19, the City is taking proactive measures to protect the health and well-being of our citizens and staff.  Effective 3/16/20, all City offices will be closed to the public until further notice.
At the Development Services offices a table has been placed in the foyer area  where all permits, plans and application packets can be dropped off along with payments (check only, no cash).   

2019 Draft CAPER

Check out our Surplus City of New Bern Property website.

Citizen volunteers are important to this Department’s mission. Our staff provides support to four citizen boards: Planning and Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission, and the Greater Duffyfield Residents Council. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions and comments, please contact Development Services.

Want to Serve?
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Complete and submit this short form and a city representative will contact you when an opening occurs. 

Contact Us
303 First Street, PO Box 1129
New Bern, NC 28563
Click here to contact Development Services today,
or call us at:
Planning: (252) 639-7581
Inspections: (252) 639-2942
Planning Fax: (252) 636-2146
Inspections Fax: (252) 635-4973

Jeff Ruggieri, AICP
Director of Development Services
(252) 639-7587

Jennifer Mayo
Administrative Assistant
(252) 639-7581

Seth Laughlin
Land & Community Dev. Administrator
(252) 639-7582

Matt Schelly
City Planner
(252) 639-7583
Nadia Abdul-Hadi
(252) 639-7585

Alice Wilson
GIS Manager
(252) 639-7588
 Kim Maxey
MPO Administrator
(252) 639-7592

Felicia McRee
MPO Creative Technician 
(252) 639-7293

Community & Economic Development  
Amanda Ohlensehlen
Community & Economic Development Manager
(252) 639-7580

D'Aja Fulmore
Community Development Coordinator
(252) 639-7586

Matt Boswell
Chief Building Inspector
(252) 639-2945

Janey Anderson
Office Assistant & Permits
(252) 639-2942

Patrick Ezel
Minimum Housing Building Inspector I
(252) 639-2943

Emmit Giddings
Building Inspector II
(252) 639-2948

Jeff Holzbach
Building Inspector II
(252) 639-2951

Nancy Johnston
Nuisance Abatement Officer
(252) 639-2944

Jeff Hinson
Building Inspector III
(252) 639-2947

 David Spruill
Building Inspector I
(252) 639-7589