Building Development Services
Proposed Sign Ordinance
Download and review the proposed changes to the City's sign ordinance (2 mb).
Important Resources and Fees
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:
- Issues permits for all phases of building construction
- Implements building codes
- Implements zoning
- Monitors demolition and movement of existing buildings
- Monitors and issues permits for temporary and permanent signs
- Certifies trade crafts (electricians, plumbers, gas, and mechanical licenses)
- Maintains minimum parking ratios
- Implements flood plain ordinances
- Inspects for buffer yards and tree planting in commercial areas
- Implements Dangerous Building Code
2012 Adoptive Code Ordinances
|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.
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.
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.