Frequently Asked Questions
   

   

NOTE: The following is general information and your particular circumstances may differ.Please check with the Development and Public Works Department if you have specific questions.

       
       
  Is my property within Springfield City limits?
  Where may I apply for a building permit?
  May I fax in my permit applications?
  What are the permit fees for the City of Springfield?
  Do I need an appointment to apply for a permit?
  What can I do without a permit?
  Where may I access building permit applications?
  Where do I get an electrical permit?
  What is the building code for the City of Springfield?
  May I do the work myself or do I need to hire a contractor?
  May I get copies of plans for buildings in Springfield?
  May I start work before my permit is issued?
  Do I need a permit to reroof a building?
  Do I get a Certificate of Occupancy?
 

Do I need a permit to build a detached storage shed?

  Do I need a permit to build a deck?
    What are the hours construction is allowed in the City of Springfield?
    Do I need a building permit to install a swimming pool, spa or hot tub?
    How do I schedule an inspection?
       
       
       
       
   

Is my property within Springfield city limits?
If you are unsure whether your property is within Springfield city limits please call our Development and Public Works Department at (541)726-3753. You can also view our standard GIS maps.

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Where may I apply for a permit?
Permits are issued in the Development and Public Works Department at Springfield City Hall located at 225 Fifth Street; Springfield, OR 97477. Contractors may also apply for some Electrical, Plumbing and Residential Mechanical Permits online at www.buildingpermits.oregon.gov.

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May I fax in my permit application?
With the exception of Electrical Permit Applications, where we have an original signed applications on file, all building permit applications must be submitted in person to the Development and Public Works Department located at Springfield City Hall between the hours of 8:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Permits cannot be issued until we have received payment.

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What are the permit fees for the City of Springfield?
Permit fees are determined by the scope of the project and the number of permits required. See our online permit fees schedule for estimates or call the Development and Public Works Department at (541)726-3753 regarding fee amounts for specific projects.

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Do I need an appointment to apply for a permit?
No, the permit counter is open to the public from 8:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Customers are helped on a first-come, first-served basis.

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What can I do without a permit?
Please see our "No Permit Required" handout. If what you are doing is not on that list then chances are you will need a permit before doing the work. If you are still unsure then please come to Development and Public Works during our regular counter hours or contact us at (541)726-3753.

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Where may I access building permit applications?
You can find building permit applications on-line or they are available at the counter in the Development and Public Works Department at Springfield City Hall.

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Where do I get an electrical permit?
Electrical permits are processed by the Community Services Division of the Development and Public Works Department at Springfield City Hall during the hours of 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. They may also be processed by mail when accompanied by an original signed application and payment in full. Electrical contractors may keep original signed applications on file with us and call to activate them when they are ready to use them.

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What is the building code for the City of Springfield?
The City of Springfield does not have its own building code. The City has adopted the State Specialty Codes of Oregon. Current Codes (Subject to change).

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May I do the work myself or do I need to hire a contractor?
Generally homeowners may perform their own work on the reidence they live at. Commercial and industrial locations typically require most work be performed by a qualified, licensed contractor. Please check with our Current Development Division about your specific situation at (541)726-3753.

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May I get copies of plans for buildings in Springfield?
Residential plans are not kept on file after two years of completion of the structure. Industrial and commercial plans are generally available. Please call first. Depending on the age of the structure we may not have them on file.

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May I start work before my permit is issued?
Work may not legally begin before a permit is obtained. Please check with our Current Development Division with specific questions at (541)726-3753.

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Do I need a permit to reroof a building?
Residential structures may reroof or overlay the existing roof covering without a permit provided there exists no more than one (1) layer and no structural elements (sheathing, rafters, trusses) are replaced. Commercial and industrial structures require permits.

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Do I get a Certificate of Occupancy?
Certificates of Occupancy (CO) are issued at the completion of a new building's construction.

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Do I need a permit to build a detached storage shed?
Yes, however there is an exception for one-story, detached residential storage buildings up to 200 square feet and less than 10 feet in height. No shed may encroach into side or front yard setbacks or be constructed in any public utility easement. Please call the Oregon Utility Notification Center before you dig.

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Do I need a permit to build a deck?
A permit is required if the deck is more than 30 inches above grade.

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What are the hours construction is allowed in the City of Springfield?
7:00am to 6:00pm

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Do I need a building permit to install a swimming pool, spa or hot tub?
There are requirements for any body of water over 18" in depth. Please contact the Current Development Division with your specific situation.

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How do I schedule an inspection?
Inspection requests may be made by calling our 24-hour inspection request line at (541)726-3769. Please be prepared to leave your city designated permit number, address, type of inspection you are requesting and when you will be ready for the inspection. Inspections called in after 7:00am will be performed the next business day.

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