Do I need a Permit?

How do I know I need a permit? See the below tables for some samples on what requires a permit and what does not.

A permit is required when planning to do construction to:
Build an addition to an existing building.
Renovations or alterations of building interiors that change walls, room/space size, move exits.
Replace Roof shingles or other type of roofing cover. 
Replace Windows, HVAC system, or Gas fired appliances.
Build, add, or move in a garage or any accessory building over 200 square feet.  
Build a deck that is over 30” inches above ground. 
Install a pool.
Add or relocate Plumbing / Gas piping 

This list is not an exhaustive list. If you are altering, changing occupancy, constructing, demolishing, enlarging, moving or repairing, you may need a permit. Contact Mark Fields at Mark.Fields@springfieldtn.gov if you have additional questions.

A permit is Not required when planning to:

Complete painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter-tops and similar finish work.
Build a one-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and similar uses, provided that the floor area is not greater than 200 square feet.
Fences not over 7 feet high. 
Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet.
Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade. 
Prefabricated swimming pools that are less than 24 inches deep and are installed entirely above ground.

Permits should be pulled anytime structural elements are changing.  Cosmetic items do not require a permit.


If you have any questions on permitting contact the Codes Department at (615) 382 2200