Code Enforcement

To help maintain the public health and safety and livability of our community, the City Council has adopted laws and regulations over the years that promote a healthy, safe and pleasant environment. The City’s code enforcement staff investigates potential code violations and enforces the Springfield Municipal Code. Our goal is to work with residents and property owners to resolve compliance situations before they reach the need for enforcement action.

Filing a Code Enforcement Complaint

Complaints regarding code enforcement issues may be filed in person, by email, or by telephone. Code enforcement staff spends a large amount of time in the field, so the best time of day to reach staff is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Voicemail is available at any time.

In person: City Hall, 225 Fifth Street, SE Quad of the building
Office hours Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Open Position, 541.726.3659 or

Charlie Kent, 541-726-3680 or ckent@springfield-or.gov

Please fill out the Code Complaint Form or be prepared with the following information:

  • The location of the problem, with street name and address
  • A detailed description of the problem
  • It is optional to provide your name, address, and phone number. This information is kept confidential and having it enables code enforcement staff to contact you if more information is needed or to advise you of the results of the investigation.

The City of Springfield commonly receives complaints which are not regulated by the Municipal, Development or Building Code(s).  If the complaint is not regulated by City Code, it may be civil in nature and the City of Springfield will not provide legal advice or guidance in civil disputes.  This includes disputes between neighbors, tenant landlord legal matters or Home Owner Associations Covenants and Restrictions.

Code Enforcement Includes

Improper storage of dead organic matter and debris, including household garbage, brush, discarded items and animal waste. All garbage must be kept covered, in leak proof containers, and removed every seven (7) days.

Improper storage of used materials, which includes such items as furniture, appliances, scrap, tires, and vehicle parts. All used materials must be kept inside a legally constructed building with doors for entering and exiting.

Stored, damaged, and/or inoperable vehicles on private property. Each household may have one such stored vehicle provided it is kept inside a garage or behind a six-foot fence (if no neighboring houses are two-story). Vehicles that are licensed, insured and coming and going on a regular basis are not considered stored vehicles.

Signs. Please refer to Chapter 8 of the Municipal Code.

Land use issues. Please refer to zoning for more information.

Business license compliance. Please refer to business licenses for more information.

For more information:
Common Code Violations

Other Code Violations

Violation Contact
Basketball poles/hoops and other obstructions of the City right-of-way Development and Public Works Operations Division, 541.726.3761
Vision clearance obstructions Development and Public Works Operations Division, 541.726.3761
Vegetation blocking sidewalks Development and Public Works Operations Division, 541.726.3761
Building safety violations Development and Public Works Building Safety staff, 541.736.1029
Noise Springfield Police Department, 541.726.3714
Animals (domestic and farm) Springfield Police Animal Control, 541.726.3634
Backyard burning Springfield Fire and LIfe Safety, 541.726.3737 or LRAPA, 541.726.1930
Nuisances within the urban growth boundary, but outside of city limits Lane County Code Compliance, 541.682.3724
Environmental concerns Development and Public Works Department, Environmental Services staff, 541.726.3694