I got the land, but in 7-9 months I want to camp there for the summer to start settling it. My goals before then is to buy an 80-90's farm truck, old travel trailer and minimal fence. Due to live-in farm work, I have been technically been homeless for quite a while. I will continue doing what I have been doing on my own land now and help others when needed.
Experience actually working and living in conservative rural areas and what I research online every day is completely opposite. Things are just done and nobody gets in trouble for it. The quote "its easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission" rings most true out here. Has anybody noticed this?
Out here for me is where you find a mix of horse, cow, hay and tree farms in the middle of old Florida horse country between ocala and lake city. Where mail is delivered with a private car with a sign marked mail, where you have to take your own trash to the collection center, where police sirens are never heard. Homeless not in the sense that you live on the street, but live on the farm. Taking advantage of permanent loopholes for agriculture.
I can't say I advocate anyone doing what I do, but I have never asked permission from any planning authority for any construction work, grey water, etc. As far as I know, there is no such entity in my county outside the town limits.
I live in a small county in the northern ozarks of Missouri. When my wife and i bought our land, I searched in vain for the number for the county's building department to start the process of obtaining permits. There is no such department. I spoke to the county collector who explained the citizens have never supported the idea of having building inspectors, ect.
I built our house without buying one permit or dealing with a single inspector. I dug my own drainfield and installed my own septic tank.
Its nice here. It's a poor county, lots of gravel roads, but their is much more freedom than in our neighboring county, which has very strict codes. You have to buy a residency permit to live in your house. If you live in a tent on your place for more than a certain amount of time, you can be fined and eventually evicted or arrested for squatting on land that you own.
If you build anything in the neighboring county without the permission of the local government, you will have to pay additional fines and more expensive inspections from an engineer. If not, no occupancy permit, hence fines, hence eviction, possible arrest if you ignore the fines and eviction.
In my experience, even where building permits are required in rural areas, enforcement is complaint-driven. If you get a building permit, of course you will have to deal with inspectors, but generally they aren't out patrolling for violations. Just depends on your risk tolerance, because they are empowered to make your life miserable should you appear on their radar. If someone does complain, their identity will be protected. Your best defense, other than getting a permit and jumping through the hoops, is to not piss off your neighbors. In many areas, neighbors won't report you because they don't want to be reported!
Rather than asking us, you should ask the county where your land is. Call and tell them you are thinking of buying land there and ask about the regulations. Avoid leaving your name. Go from there.
Building inspections and policy on what you can and can not do on your own land really frosts my shorts. In the Municipality where I work they have by-law officers that drive around and snoop on property!
I was very pleased after I got land in another more remote municipality and spoke to the local council. The response was something like a building permit? hmm I guess... but we don't issue permits unless its a really big structure etc.
...couldn't be more pleased.
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