City permit, inspections data shows community growth

It’s said that there are many ways to measure success and progress, but sometimes the numbers speak for themselves.

Most in the community understand that development in Springfield is on the rise, and the numbers bear that out. The City of Springfield's Community Development Department reports a rise in building permits and inspections, a clear indication of growth citywide.

So far in 2022, the department has issued 2,523 building permits, already exceeding the total 2,119 issued in 2021. Inspections have surpassed las year's total as well; to date there have been 3,673 as opposed to 3,093 in 2021.

“The year-to-date numbers are also significantly higher than those of just a few years ago; the number of building permits issued so far this year is about 38 percent more than the permits we issued in 2014,” says Community Development Director Shannon Meadows. “Building inspections rose even higher in that amount of time. To date, that number is twice what we did in 2014. Our team is busy and doing great work, we’re proud of the integral part they play in helping this growth happen.”

Three recent examples of economic growth in the community include the recent opening of Chick-fil-A on Bechtle Avenue and the Gabe’s distribution center at the Prime Ohio II Industrial Park near Interstate 70. A Skyline Chili store is currently under construction on Goodwin Avenue.

Building permits and inspections include commercial and residential properties throughout the City.

A permit is required for new construction, demolition and any alteration, addition, repair or renovation beyond basic cosmetic improvements.

A permit is not required for routine maintenance work or cosmetic improvements, such as carpet, painting, vinyl siding, replacement of cabinets, replacement of same-size windows, fences or residential storage buildings 200 square feet in size or smaller.

Separate permits are required for any work in the following areas: building (including reroofing), heating-ventilation-air conditioning, electrical, demolition, fire detection and suppression, signs, plumbing, swimming pools over 36 inches deep or moving a building.

More information and permit applications can be found online at  www.springfieldohio.gov/building- regulations.