The City Site Plan Approval Process

Property Acquisition
Before purchasing property for development, companies should consult with the Community Development Department about the current zoning classification of the property.  Staff  can advise you of the uses allowed, building setbacks, and other zoning provisions such as parking requirements, building aesthetics, and landscaping.  

Site Plan Review
 The site plan review process is flexible and can result in a relatively quick approval of the site plan depending upon how well the project conforms to all of the City's regulations and requirements on initial submittal.  Site plans must be submitted to the Community Development Department office on the second floor of City Hall which is located at 405 North Main Street, Springfield, Tennessee.

  • Site plans for building footprints of less than 50,000 square feet can be reviewed and approved by City staff without going before the Planning Commission.
  • Site plans for building footprints of 50,000 square feet or more must be approved by the Springfield Planning Commission. The Planning Commission regularly meets on the first Thursday of every month.  Special meetings may be called with sufficient notice.  
In order to expedite the process and to ensure compliance, it is recommended that the company retain the services of a local engineering firm familiar with the City's site plan review process to prepare the site plan.  Under any circumstances, it is recommended that your engineering firm meet with the Community Development Department staff, before work begins on the site plan, in order to receive guidance and information necessary to expedite the site plan preparation and review process.  City staff will work closely with your company's engineering firm to help expedite the process. 

City utility needs and issues will be addressed as a part of this process. 

Four (4) hard copies and a digital of the preliminary and final site plan must be submitted for review. 

Normal review takes between thirty (30) and forty-five (45) days. 

Please view site plan and subdivision development fees schedule.

Architectural Plan

Five (5) copies of the architectural plan must be submitted to the Community Development Department (responsible for codes administration) for review and approval. 

The site plan review fee covers both the site plan and the architectural plan. 

Normal review takes between fourteen (14) and thirty (30) days. 

Architectural plans are reviewed by the Community DevelopmentFireWater/WastewaterGas, and Electric Departments.

The City of Springfield has adopted the following codes:

  • International Building Code, 2012 edition
  • International Fire Code, 2012 edition
  • International Plumbing Code, 2012 edition
  • International Mechanical Code, 2012 edition
  • National Electric Code, 2008 edition
  • International Energy Conservation Code, 2009 edition
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2012 edition
  • International Property Maintenance Code, 2012 edition

Building Permit

The building permit may be applied for after both the site plan and architectural plan have been approved. The following items must be submitted with the building permit application:

  • Check for building permit and mechanical permit fees.
  • Receipt for payment of Robertson County Adequate Facilities Tax, for new construction or expansion only
  • Copy of State of Tennessee contractor's license
  • Proof of Workers Compensation Insurance coverage 
  • Receipt for payment of water and sewer taps
  • Copy of the building plans
Building permits are based on the cost of construction. Building permits for projects of $500,000 or more are $1,916.75 for the first $500,000 plus $2.30 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof.

Mechanical permits are based on the value of the installation.  The permit fee for inspecting heating, ventilating, ductwork, air-conditioning, exhaust, venting, combustion air, pressure vessel, solar, fuel oil, refrigeration systems, boilers, and appliance installation is $50.00 for the first $1,000.00, or fraction thereof, of the value of the installation plus $6.00 for each additional $1,000.00 or fraction thereof. 

Pending satisfactory review and compliance, the building permit will be issued within three (3) business days of application. 

All construction must include an erosion control plan and meet NPDES Storm Water Phase II regulations.

Erosion Control must be in place before construction can begin.

An electric meter base will not be provided without an electric permit.  The State of Tennessee is responsible for electrical inspections and electric permits can be purchased at the office of the Springfield Electric Department.

A plumbing permit will be required before the plumbing is roughed in.  A plumbing permit is purchased at the office of the Springfield Water/Wastewater Department.

Final Occupancy Permit

A final occupancy permit must be issued, by the Community Development Department, before the building can be occupied.  A final occupancy permit is issued upon the satisfactory completion of all construction in full compliance with the approved site plan and the approved architectural plan.