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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Monday, November 29, 2021

Governing Body: Goshen Economic Improvement District Board Date of Meeting: December 2, 2021 Time of Meeting: 7:30 a.m. Place of Meeting: Goshen City Annex Building Conference Room204 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code... more

Aviso Público

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

La Ciudad de Goshen está colaborando con ADEC, Inc. para desarrollar el Proyecto de Sendero Sensorial de Goshen para ayudar a conectar a las personas con discapacidades con los beneficios para la salud y las maravillas de la naturaleza. La subvención de Conexiones Comunitarias para Personas con Discapacidades... more

Public Notice

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The City of Goshen is partnering with ADEC, Inc. to develop the Goshen Sensory Trail Project to help connect individuals with disabilities to the health benefits and the wonders of nature. The Community Connections for People with Disabilities (CCPWD) grant is offered through the Indiana Office of... more

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Goshen Economic Improvement District meeting

Thursday, December 2, 2021, 7:30am

Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-5, the Economic Improvement District Board will hold a public meeting on December 2, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. at the Goshen City Annex Building Conference Room, 204 East Jefferson Street, Goshen, Indiana.

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, December 6, 2021, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81896230103 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 818 9623 0103 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

City Council meeting

Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 6:00pm

To view a live stream of this meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82505176109 or call (312) 626-6799 or (929) 205-6099 and dial the meeting ID: 825 0517 6109. To speak during the public meeting, the public should use the “raise hand” feature on meeting or dial *9 if calling on the telephone.

Building Department

One-Stop Online Permits

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

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Main Office Phone: 574-534-1811
Fax: 574-533-8626
E-mail: building@goshencity.com


CITY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED 11/25 & 11/26/2021 - PERMITS SUBMITTED ONLINE DURING THIS TIME WILL NOT BE REVIEWED UNTIL THE FOLLOWING MONDAY, 11/29/2021

Is your Electrical or Mechanical License expiring on 12/31/21?


STAFF

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   

Office Assistant: Jean Nisley | 574-534-1811 |  building@goshencity.com


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, 2021, all fees will increase by 3%.  Please contact the Building Department for any questions regarding the new fees.


PERMITS

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 building@goshencity.com.


CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

All new commercial construction (and some remodel / renovation ) projects will be required to follow the Site Plan Review Process through the Planning & Zoning Department.  Before any permits may be issued, the following is required for the Building Dept.:

  • 1 set of Construction Drawings (*digital drawings are reviewed by the Planning, Engineering and Fire Departments)
  • Plan Submittal Cover Sheet and Plan Certification forms must be submitted with the hard set of Plans (fillable form here: Plan Submittal Cover Sheet and Plan Certification form) or the plans will not be accepted.
  • You must upload a Permit Request through the Portal with *electronic Plans
  • Zoning Clearance form signed by the Planning/Zoning and Engineering Departments
  • Construction Design Release (State Release) from the State of Indiana (if applicable)
  • Plan Certification Form completed by the design professional submitting plans to the State
  • Form 393 - Advanced Structural Components Firefighter Safety Notification (if applicable)

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. Subcontractors are responsible for applying for their own permits, not the General Contractor.  No inspections for electrical, HVAC or plumbing will be performed until the subcontractor permits have been issued.


CONTRACTOR LICENSING

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.


RENTAL PROPERTIES

Per Goshen City Ordinance 4860 (Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance) Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance (Ordinance 4860) 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. For questions about rental inspections, please contact the Property Management Inspector at 574-537-3822.


HOUSING & EVICTION DURING COVID-19

For more information about State and federal housing protections in place during the public health crisis of COVID-19, please visit: https://www.in.gov/courts/covid/housing/ 

Please note: The Building Department cannot offer legal advice.  If you need legal help because you are facing eviction, or have another dispute with your landlord, you should seek advice from an attorney.  Please visit the link above for more information with assistance.


CODE ENFORCEMENT

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.  Please call the non-emergency phone number: 574-533-8661.


APPEAL OF BUILDING DEPARTMENT ORDERS

Board of Building Appeals

Pursuant to Goshen Municipal Code 6.1.1.19, 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.  


LINKS - FORMS


PERMIT ACTIVITY

ARCHIVE:

For current permit activity, please visit http://cityportal.goshencity.com/Dashboard.aspx