Goshen is a special place to live! The small rural town adheres to the bylaws and a Town plan that safeguards and protects the asthetic beauty, wildlife, and rural nature of the land while providing options for managed development and building projects on properties.
The Zoning Administrator assists applicants and town officials in understanding the zoning process, and to facilitate the application of permits and hearings.
Before any building projects, change of use, or alterations on your property, please contact the Zoning Administrator to be sure what you do is compliant with Goshen Zoning Bylaws and Town Plan.
Under Goshen Zoning Bylaw, no building or land development, construction, reconstruction, conversion, relocation or enlargement of any building or other structure may commence without a zoning permit. There are exceptions, however, which include:
- Maintenance – Normal maintenance, repair, upgrading, or remodeling of a building or structure that nether increases building footprint nor involves a change of use is exempt.
- Replacement – Replacement of an existing structure or building damaged by fire or other disaster is exempt, provided the new structure is not greater in any dimension and is within the original footprint, and that reconstruction begins within two years of the date of damage.
- Minor structures – Minor structures of less than 100 square feet in area that are not intended for human occupancy are exempt and do not require a zoning permit. However, minor structures must meet setbacks from roads, boundaries and streams.
- Farm structures – Farm structures are exempt by law, but you are required to notify the zoning administrator in writing prior to construction to confirm that the structure is exempt under Vermont’s Acceptable Agricultural Practice (AAP) rules and that it meets setbacks from roads, boundaries and streams. Submitting a zoning application (with no fee) is one way to notify the zoning administrator and receive a determination that your structure meets the requirements of an exempt farm structure. This determination can be recorded with the payment of a $10 recording fee.
All permits have required fees. These fees are typically for the processing of the permit and are due at application time.
Click here for Goshen’s Zoning Fees
Please find the Goshen Town Plan and Goshen Zoning Bylaws and Regulations (to the right) and additional forms necessary for zoning.
Certificate of Compliance/Occupancy
Board of Adjustment Form for Waiver or Variance
Roles & Responsibilities of the Zoning Admistrator (from VT Secretary of State’s website):
Zoning Administrator (appointed).
Appointed by the planning commission with the approval of the selectboard. Approves or denies applications for zoning permits. Administers the municipal bylaws literally. Enforces regulations pertaining to the zoning ordinance. 24 V.S.A. § 4448
Zoning Board of Adjustment or Development Review Board Members (appointed).
Holds hearings and makes decisions on land use permit applications and appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator. 24 V.S.A. § 4460