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General Permitting FAQ

The City's permitting guide is available here:

The staff liasons for each department can be found here:

To register your business & legal status:


City of Springfield - Office of the City Clerk

City Hall, Room 123, 36 Court Street, Springfield, MA 01103 (map here)

(413) 736-3111

Staff Liaison: Anthony Wilson, City Clerk, (413) 787-6094

Secretary of the Commonwealth - Corporations Division

(617) 727-9640

Fire Department

For sprinkler systems modifications and inspections, Annual life safety/code complaint inspections, etc.

605 Worthington Street Springfield Massachusetts 01105 (map here)


Staff Liaison:  David Rivera, Fire Marshall,   (413) 787-6410

Health and Human Services

The Department of Health & Human Services Division of Environmental Health is to protect the public health and environment of the City of Springfield through education, inspections, sampling and monitoring, and enforcing federal, state and local codes as they pertain to public health issues.

95 State Street, 2nd floor, Springfield, MA 01103 (map here)

(413) 787-6740

Staff Liaison:  Steve Stathis, Environmental Health Director,   (413) 787-6719

Inspectional Services / Building Division

The Building Division is responsible for the enforcement of the state building code, handicapped access regulations, zoning ordinances, and conditions attached to special permits. It issues permits for building, wiring, plumbing, gas, and signs and performs plan reviews, on-site inspection of all new construction, alterations, and repairs. The division also oversees change of use and occupancy, demolitions, and zoning violations. Building permits must be obtained before construction begins.

70 Tapley Street, Springfield, MA 01103 (map here)

(413) 787-7807

Staff Liaisons: Mark Herbert, Deputy Building Commissioner,  (413) 787-6038

Steve Desilets, Building Commissioner,  (413) 787-6038

Law Department

For a one-day or special entertainment license to host a public event :


Application form can be found here:


City Hall, Law Department

(413) 787-6085

36 Court Street
Springfield, MA 01103

License Commission

All Alcohol Licenses, Innkeeper/ Hotel Licenses, Pool/Billiards Licenses, Auto Dealer Licenses, Coin Operated Games, Common Victualler (Restaurant), Lodging Houses, Movie Theaters, Parades, Taxi and Livery License

City Hall - 36 Court Street Room 204, Springfield, MA  (map here)

(413) 787-6196

Staff Liaison: Anna Martinez,   (413) 787-6196

Public Works, Engineering Department

The Department of Public Works is responsible for permits and inspections on work involving streets, sidewalks and roadways. If you are interested in closing down the street for an event, be sure to contact DPW far in advance. 

70 Tapley Street, Springfield, MA 01103 (map here)


Staff Liaison: Chris Cignoli, Chief Engineer,  (413) 787-6224

An individual or entity may register the business name, trademark or service mark with the Massachusetts Secretary of State's Office.  For further information, visit or call 617-727-2850. Trademarks and service marks are renewable every ten years.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Hears appeals taken by any person aggrieved by reason of his inability to obtain a permit or enforcement action from any administrative officer under the provisions of the Building Code, by the regional planning agency in whose area the city is situated or by any order or decision by any person, including an officer or board of the city, or an abutting city or town aggrieved by an order or decision of the inspector of buildings, or other ordinance or by-law adopted under it.

70 Tapley Street, Springfield, MA 01103 (map here)

(413) 787-7807

Staff Liaison: Mike Jachym, Zoning Administrator,  (413) 787-7807

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