Building Development Services

Fast Facts...

The Department of Building Development Services:
  • employs about 20 people
  • has an annual budget of about $2 million, or 2% of the General Fund budget
  • serves the building and development needs of the community in an expeditious manner
  • polices Public Right-of-Way along streets and roads removing illegal signs
  • gives tests and awards certificates to electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, and mechanical craftsmen for a license to operate in Springfield


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.

Services to the Community

  • Issues permits for all phases of building construction
  • Implements building codes
  • Implements zoning
  • Monitors demolition and movement of existing buildings
  • Monitors all signage
  • 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

Mission Statement

To assure the health, safety, and welfare of the Springfield community through a committment to: cooperative quality code enforcement, quality information, courtesy, integrity and diplomacy, timely dissemination of information, improvement of knowledge and services, and open-mindedness.

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Contact Us

First Floor
840 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802