Building Development Services

The Department of Building Development Services implements and monitors a variety of city, state, and federal codes, and four trades (electrical, plumbing, gas and mechanical). It also offers essential information for businesses, homeowners, landlords, tenants, contractors, and developers. Our services include:

2012 Adoptive Code Ordinances

Title Ordinance Number
2012 International Residential Code 5979
2012 International Private Sewer Disposal Code 5980
2012 International Plumbing Code 5981
2011 NFPA 70 National Electrical Code 5982
2012 International Fuel Gas Code 5983
2012 International Existing Building Code 5984
2012 International Building Code 5985
2012 International Mechanical Code 5986
2012 International Fire Code 5987
2012 Technical Codes, Administrative & Enforcement 6015

Planning Prevents Project Hassles

Before you build or buy, carefully plan and review your project. Careful planning can help you avoid costly mistakes, unsafe results, and the expense of doing work more than once. It is wise to research development projects in detail before you buy, rent, sell, or open a business. The effort could save you time and expense...and even save lives.

We offer a variety of publications and checklists to help developers, contractors, new business owners, and potential homeowners with their project.

Springfield is a zoned community where business, industry, and residential development are controlled to allow good neighbors to live in a growing community. Before you locate or relocate, it is important to understand the reasons development is controlled. Requiring building permits helps us help you understand zoning rules, which are discussed and approved by both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council after public hearings.

Confirm Your Contractor's License

A key element for your protection is to hire contractors that hold the required City license, insurance, and bonding. You can confirm this information with our online Business License Search or by calling 864-1622.

Sign Regulations

Signs on or around businesses, and virtually everywhere else, have been included in the City's sign ordinance. This includes political signs (not permitted on public property), real estate signs, and temporary signs.

Compliance begins by understanding the intent of the ordinance, which was written following many months of discussion with citizens and with the business community.

Permits are required for most permanent and temporary signs. An informational packet is available at our customer counter on the first floor of the Busch Municipal Building.

Trade Certifications

Electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, and mechanical craftsmen must be tested and certified to afford competence and knowledge of the Codes. The tests are sanctioned by the department, and administered by a private testing firm according to a regular schedule. Please contact us for more information.


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Contact Us

Busch Municipal Building
First Floor
840 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
417.864.1056

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