Building & Zoning

The Town Building Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the State of New York Building Code, along with relevant town ordinances. The department’s role is to ensure public safety through the permitting process and demonstrate compliance of the structural and safety requirements of the State Building Code.

The department is responsible for the issuance of all building permits for residential and commercial structures within the town. The department handles all permits related to electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning and demolition. That process includes the review of plans for technical compliance with the NY State Building Code, and the inspection of the project during various phases of construction.

The issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy or a Certificate of Compliance at a project’s completion is a property owner’s assurance that the construction performed substantially meets the structural and safety requirements of the State of New York Building Code and the Town of Goshen.

Effective May 20, 2024 – Inspections will be conducted Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. To schedule an inspection, please email your request at least 24 hours in advance to Requests must be made during business hours; otherwise, they will not be addressed until the next business day. Note that requests cannot be made by phone or in person.

Building Permits

Permits are required for any owner who intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to move a lot line that will affect any existing building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by the code.

Applicants will need to submit one paper set as well as an electronic submittal for all permit applications.

REQUIREMENTS NOTICE – Effective January 1, 2023

Applications for all necessary permits are accepted from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday at the building & zoning office located on second floor of Town Hall.

Complete instructions for obtaining and completing a building permit application can be found here.

Flood Plain Development

For Floodplain Inquiries please contact the Town Building Department at

Looking for a flood map? Use the following link:

Floodplain Development Application

Septic System Basics & Household Waste

To learn the basics of septic systems and helpful tips for homeowners about properly maintaining septic systems to prevent their failure: Click here

What to do with household waste?