Friday, March 27, 2020
Beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020, the Interurban Trolley will waive all fares on both its fixed route and Interurban Trolley Access service in an effort to maintain social distancing until further notice. In addition, we will also implement rear door boarding measures on all of our fixed route... more
Friday, March 27, 2020
On Thursday at 4:49 p.m. Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman was notified that Councilman Jim McKee tested positive for COVID-19. As soon as the City was notified, the Mayor and staff began personally contacting every council and board member, as well as staff who would have recently attended public... more
Friday, March 27, 2020
The following is a letter from Mayors and Commissioners of Elkhart County to the community. It was published March 26, 2020. Dear Community of Elkhart County, The last two weeks, since the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, Elkhart County and the rest... more
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
|Department Head:||Mark Brinson, 574-537-3824|
|Assistant Building Commissioner/
Commercial Building Inspector:
|Myron Grise, 574-534-2104|
|Residential Building Inspector:||Jim Ramer, 574-537-3875|
|Property Maintenance Inspector:||Ryan Conrad, 574-537-3822|
|Code Enforcement Officer:||Travis Eash, 574-533-5863|
|Administrative Assistant:||Jean Nisley, 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 4860).
NOTICE: Per City Ordinance 4899, Section 7.01, effective January 1, 2019, all fees will increase by 3%. Please contact the Building Department for any questions regarding the new fees.
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:
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:
Renewals: Electrical and HVAC licenses are approved for 3 calendar years. In November of the expiration year, a notice will be sent out to the contractor with renewal information. A late fee will be charged for licenses that are not renewed by February 28th. As a reminder, the City of Goshen DOES NOT require licensing bonds.
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.
Per Goshen City Ordinance 4860 (Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance) and Goshen City Ordinance 5001 passed by the Goshen Common Council on July 2, 2019, all residential properties that are used for rent and/or lease, must be registered and inspected by the Building Department.
Annual rental registration fees for all rental units in a rental unit community or for all rental units on a separate parcel of real estate is $5.00. Annual rental registration fees for all hotels/motels/rooming houses is $77.00.
A late fee of $25.00 will be charged for any rental unit community or rental units on a separate parcel of real estate that is not paid within thirty (30) days of the expiration date or $50.00 for any hotel/motel/rooming house that is not paid within thirty (30) days of the expiration date.
Any rental unit which is not part of a rental unit community will not be inspected more than once every 3 years unless the City receives a specific complaint, has another specific reason to believe that a rental unit does not meet the requirements of Goshen City Code 6.3.1, or previous inspections showed the rental unit to be in an unsafe condition.
Rental units in a rental unit community will not be inspected more than once every 4 years provided that 80% of the rental units inspected within the previous 2 years passed inspections without the need for a follow up inspection.
The owner of a rental unit that is inspected must pay an initial inspection fee of $45.00. This fee will increase to $50.00 on January 1, 2021 and to $55.00 on January 1, 2023.
If an inspection fee is not paid within 45 days of the City billing, the property owner will be assessed an additional $15.00 late fee.
A re-inspection fee per rental unit or hotel/motel or rooming house will be charged beginning with the second follow up inspection and for each subsequent inspection until the rental unit or hotel/motel/or rooming house is brought into compliance. This fee will be billed in accordance with Section 4.01 of the Building Department Fee Ordinance.
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 email@example.com. 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.
APPEAL OF BUILDING DEPARTMENT ORDERS
Board of Building Appeals
Pursuant to Goshen Municipal Code 220.127.116.11, all persons have the right to appeal a decision from the Goshen Building Department. Appeals will initially be heard by a five member panel known as the Board of Building Appeals. Any appeal from the Building Department’s decision shall be made within 15 days of that decision. If the Goshen Board of Building Appeals does not grant the request to modify the Building Department’s decision, the applicant may appeal to the State Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission. The Commission may modify or reverse any order that is issued by the City of Goshen. Details on this appeals process can be found on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website: www.in.gov/dhs.
For a copy of the City's Application for Appeal and instructions, click here.