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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assessment Team Has Arrived in Elkhart County

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel has arrived in Elkhart County to inspect individual damage left by February’s record flooding. This group’s primary responsibility is to assess the damage done to individual homes. They are planning to stop at each home that has reported damage from... more


Monday, March 19, 2018

The Goshen Fire Department will test the tornado sirens Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m. as part of the Statewide Tornado Drill. The annual Indiana Severe Weather and Flood Preparedness Week runs from March 18 through March 24 this year. As part of NWS efforts to build a Weather Ready Nation,... more


Monday, March 19, 2018

Kercher Road (CR 38) will have a moving lane restriction between the Norfolk Southern Marion railroad line and the Kercher bridge over the Elkhart River. The lane restriction is required for the placement of topsoil behind the new curb. The lane restriction begins today Monday, March 19 and will continue... more

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Board of Public Works & Safety & Stormwater

Monday, March 26, 2018, 2:00pm

Shade Tree Board meeting

Monday, March 26, 2018, 7:00pm

Goshen Housing Authority Board meetings

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 7:00am

Building Department

Annex Building
204 East Jefferson St. Suite 5
Goshen, IN 46528

Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Main Office Phone: 574-534-1811
Fax: 574-533-8626


Department Head: Mark Brinson, 574-537-3824
Assistant Building Commissioner/
Commercial Building Inspector:
Myron Grise, 574-534-2104
Residential Building Inspector: Steve Bice, 574-537-3875
Property Maintenance Inspector: Andy Showalter, 574-537-3822
Code Enforcement Officer: Travis Eash, 574-533-5863
Administrative Assistant: Jean Sheline, 574-534-1811

The City of Goshen Building Department was established in 1973 to instill pride in all properties around the City and to promote safe and secure occupancy for all of its residents.

The Goshen Building Department follows and enforces the Indiana Building Code, the City of Goshen Municipal Code, and the State Energy Code as they pertain to construction, electric, plumbing and mechanical phases of a project.

The Building Department issues permits that are required for the construction, alteration, remodeling, rehabilitation, or additions to any building or structure or the placement of a mobile home.  This would include roof replacement, siding and windows.  Permits are also required for new or altered electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems, which include water heaters and water softeners.

The Building Department also registers and inspects rental properties to insure compliance with the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance (City Ordinance 4068).


All new commercial construction projects will be required to follow the Site Plan Review Process through the Planning & Zoning Department.  Before any permits can be issued, the following is required:

  • Zoning Clearance  form signed by the Planning/Zoning and Engineering Departments
  • Construction Design Release (State Release) from the State of Indiana
  • 3 sets of Construction Drawings - reviewed by the Building Dept., Fire Inspector and Engineering
  • Plan Certification Form completed by the design professional submitting plans to the State

All new residential construction will also need to be reviewed by the Planning/Zoning and Engineering Departments.  Before any permits can be issued, a zoning clearance form signed by both Planning/Zoning and Engineering Departments is required.  Fees for electrical, HVAC and plumbing permits for new residential construction are included in the building permit fee; however, separate permits will be issued, but at no charge.


General contractors do not have to be licensed by the City of Goshen nor is a bond required.  However, any electrical or HVAC/Refrigeration contractor working within the city limits of Goshen must be licensed by the City.  Plumbing contractors must be licensed by the State of Indiana.  Licensing information can be found below:


Payment for permits and rental registrations can be made by cash, check, money order or credit card.  Payment can be made in person, by mail or on-line.  Credit card payment cannot be accepted over the phone through the Building Department.


  • Paying in person - 3% convenience fee - minimum charge of $2.00
  • Over the phone via PAYGOV (1-866-480-8552) - 3.95% convenience fee - minimum charge $2.50
  • Via internet ( - 4.95% convenience fee - minimum charge of $3.00.  No permit number needed.


Per Goshen City Ordinance 4860 (Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance), all residential properties that are used for rent and/or lease, must be registered and inspected by the Building Department.  The rental registration is a biennial fee of $30.00 per dwelling unit.  All hotels/motels/rooming houses must also be registered with an annual fee of $65.00.  Failure to remit payment by the due date will result in a late fee of $25.00 per dwelling unit and $50.00 for each hotel/motel or rooming house.  Rental units must be inspected by the Building Department at least one every four (4) years.


Another responsibility of the Building Department is code enforcement of all structures in the City.  Property owners are required to maintain structures in accordance with the standards established in the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance.  For example, dilapidated structures, chipping and peeling paint, roof, soffits, siding, porches, trim, foundations and other parts of the exterior.

Code enforcement for trash, high grass, junk or unlicensed vehicles, parking in yards, etc. would need to be referred to the Code Enforcement Department at the City of Goshen Police Department - 533-8661.

The Building Department staff is available to answer any questions you may have regarding construction projects, rentals, permits and fees.  If you are unsure as to whether or not your project requires permits, please either contact the office by phone at 574-534-1811 or e-mail at In addition, before making any conversions of single family homes, please call the department to check for zoning compliance.  We are here to help you in any way possible.