For all building of new construction or renovation of existing structures.
Used for review and approval for projects that my not require a building permit.
Building Permits are required for all new construction, renovations, and utility upgrades. You can download applications for building permits here on our website, or one can be picked up at City Hall. If you are unsure if you need a building permit, just ask the Building Department.
Sketch Plan Reviews are useful for small projects that may or may not require a building permit. If you are unsure if you need a permit, fill out this Form and we will review your project for zoning compliance. The is the best and easiest way to make sure you are not infringing on setbacks, easements, or city right-of-way.
Sign Permits are required for all new signage in Springfield. The Springfield Code of Ordinances has specific guidelines for signage in all zoning districts. To see if your planned business signage is code compliant, a sign permit application will be required. Sign Permit fees are only applied to signs that require building inspector review and approval.
For large scale construction projects that involve service delivery, subdivisions, or commercial developments, please Contact Us to schedule a pre-development meeting.
Common Building Department Questions:
How do I know if my project will need a Building Permit?
You will need to apply for a building permit if your project meets any of the following:
(a) Building a structure that is over 200 SF OR covering/altering over 200SF of an existing structure,
(b) Extending any electricity, plumbing, or other utilities, or
(c) Constructing a building or structure that is over 15′ tall.
Please note that even if the structure does not require a permit, it must still follow the assigned setbacks for your lot. If you are still unsure if your project will require a permit, the buidling department offers a zoning pre-approval process called Sketch Plan Approval. You can find the application linked above. You can submit your proposed project or building, and the zoning office will let you know if it would be allowed. This is a service we offer at no charge.
Do I need a permit for a Fence?
You do not need to apply for a building permit to put up a fence. However, all fencing must follow the City Ordinances. Here is a link to the section on fencing: Fence Regulations on Municode.com
If you are unsure if your fence meets the regulations, the buidling department offers a zoning approval process called Sketch Plan Approval. You can find the application linked above. You can submit your proposed fence location and style, and the zoning office will let you know if it would be allowed. This is a service we offer at no charge.
How much will my building permit cost?
Building Permit fees will vary depending on the project. For a full list of fees for all proejct types, you will need to review the Buidling Permit Rates and Charges on the most recently adopted Fee Schedule. Here is a link to the online location: Fee Schedule on municode.com
Contact City Hall at (912) 754-7617
Office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm