Building Development Services

** The permit counter will be closed from 11am-2pm on Wednesday October 5, 2022.  Sorry for the inconvenience**

Please note fee schedules have changed for ALL residential and commercial permits.  Effective July 1, 2022.

Click here for residential fees or click here for commercial fees.

City of Springfield’s Rental Property Registry discontinued

The City of Springfield began a Rental Property Registry in late 2017. The purpose of the program was to ensure accurate ownership information for use during code enforcement efforts.  

The City addresses tens of thousands of our community’s properties and ensuring that each address is quickly updated with each change of ownership or changes in ownership/rental use is challenging. 

Fortunately, the City’s Building Development Services staff discovered a product by LexisNexis (a national provider of legal applications) that allows quick, accurate and online access to current ownership of Springfield properties. This online application has proven to be far more effective at ensuring accurate address information than the labor-intensive RPR program, so we discontinued the RPR. We have successfully been using the LexisNexis product for the last couple of years. 

The City appreciates the attention our property owners have paid to this issue.

Building Development Services is now open to the public. Visit our Permit Desk from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, M-F, at the Busch Building for assistance.

ALL applications can be done on eCity, in person, or mailed in.  


Mail: City of Springfield Attn: BDS, 840 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802

Sewer, excavation, driveway, encroachment and sidewalk permits

These permits should be requested by phone and/or email at 417-864-1921, 417-864-1980, [email protected] or [email protected].


Want to know if your property is inside city limits? Click  HERE to view a map and get more information.

*Please note that property lines aren't exact.  If you are wanting to know exactly where your property lines are, then you will need to hire a surveyor.  

Construction worker at site hammering nail into frame.

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:



  • Apply Online for: Pre-Development review and Commercial Projects, Residential Projects, Trade Permits, Public Improvements, Planning Applications, Driveway Projects, Excavation Projects, Wrecking Permits and more!
  • View Dashboard of your project and permits
  • Receive Project/Permit Status email Notifications
  • Add Applicants/Contractors to your Permits
  • Pay Online
  • Print your own Permits
  • Requests Inspections Online
  • View Inspection Results in Real Time
  • Current ePlans Submittal and Review Process stays the same
  • View ePlans Review Comments in ecity
  • Use Lookup Record to find any permits or projects

Fast Facts About the Department

The Department of Building Development Services:
  • Employs over 35 people
  • Has an annual budget of about $5 million, or 5% of the general fund budget
  • Serves the building and development needs of the community in an expeditious manner
  • Gives tests and awards certificates to electricians, plumbers, gas fitters, and mechanical craftsmen for a license to operate in Springfield

Important Resources & Fees