Building Development Services
Latest news on code updates
• The City of Springfield is proposing changes to minimum property maintenance requirements. The general intent is to strengthen the adopted content of the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) to the greatest degree possible within legal constraints to significantly enhance our code enforcement efforts and improve our neighborhoods.
City Council will hear the first reading of a bill Jan. 27 that would adopt the 2018 IPMC and issue some local amendments to it. The bill is anticipated to be voted on following a second reading Feb. 10.
Details are available here, including a copy of the bill and explanation sheet. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Harlan Hill, Director of Building Development Services, at 417-864-1061. Comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The 2018 International Residential Code went into effect Jan. 10, 2020. Any application for permit submittal after January 10th 2020 will need to comply with the 2018 International Residential Code as approved by Springfield City Council.
• The below codes go into effect Feb. 9, 2020. Any application for permits after Feb. 9, 2020 will need to comply with the below codes as approved by Springfield City Council.
- 2018 International Building Code
- 2018 International Plumbing Code
- 2019 International Fuel Gas Code
- 2018 International Private Sewage Disposal Code
- 2018 International Mechanical Code
- 2018 International Existing Building Code
- 2018 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code
- 2012 International Energy Conservation Code
- 2017 National Electrical Code
- Administration and Enforcement of Codes, known as the Land Development Code
• The Building Trades, Appeals and Licensing Ordinance went into effect Nov. 19, 2019.
Delay on new permits
To improve efficiency and process of residential application, issuance of new permits will be administratively delayed for a period of 24-hours to allow for review and approval by other City departments.
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:
- Issuing 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 (PDF) and permanent sign (PDF)
- Certifies trade crafts (PDF) (electricians, plumbers, gas, and mechanical licenses)
- Maintains minimum parking ratios
- Implements floodplain ordinances
- Inspects for buffer yards and tree planting in commercial areas
- Implements Dangerous Building Code
- 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 30 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