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BACKYARD BIKE-IN WITH THE MAYOR

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Join Mayor Jeremy Stutsman for his annual Bike to Work Week Bike Ride, plus live music, food trucks and family activities at the City's Backyard Bike-In event Saturday, May 14 at Powerhouse Park. The Backyard Bike-In runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the bike ride beginning at 10:30 a.m. The route... more

NOTICE OF CHANGE OF MEETING DATE AND PLACE

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Governing Body: Goshen Economic Improvement District BoardDate of Meeting: May 18, 2022Time of Meeting: 7:30 a.m.Place of Meeting: Goshen City Hall Conference Room 202 S. 5th Street, Goshen, Indiana Pursuant to the provisions of the Open Door Law and Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-5, the Economic Improvement... more

BEAUTIFY GOSHEN 2022

Friday, April 29, 2022

In conjunction with the Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s “Beautify Goshen” Week, the Goshen Street Department will be making additional disposal services available to assist city residents in their “Beautify Goshen” tasks. This free service is offered only during the first full week in... more

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Board of Zoning Appeals

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 4:00pm

To view the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89051557762 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 890 5155 7762

MEMORIAL DAY

Monday, May 30, 2022

All City offices will be closed due to the holiday.

Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, May 30, 2022, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84748004365 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 847 4800 4365 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

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


Permit Fees increased on January 1st, 2022


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).


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 January 31st.


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.


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.  


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