1) How do I know what the site boundaries are - precisely? I’ve been getting a rough feel for what’s available using Zillow and it shows boundaries but they look a little random and often cut across main structures. I know the map is not the territory and I will be walking any potential site including the forest if it has one.
2) I heard that the first ten feet of a property next to a road belongs to the state and they can take it from you if they want to widen the road - is this true and do I need to plan for it?
3) How do I get a 1:1250 scale map with contours or some other detailed map? This was easy in the UK but it’s a UK only service.
4) How do I find out what the local rules are on structures - what can I build without ‘planing permission’ and what is the US equivalent word for ‘planning permission’ - I see the word permit banded about but don’t know what it means exactly.
5) Is there a permaculture Zillow?
6) How do I know if I can have chickens . . . Ducks . . . Goats . . . Etc. I only intend to start with poultry but I don’t want to be limited if five years from now I’d like to have some pigs clear the acorns or a goat for milk. I will be respectful of my neighbours.
7) Do you own the water that falls on your property - bizarrely, when I left the UK, technically the water belong to the private water company in your area . . .
8) Are utilities compulsory - if I don’t want gas but gas is already installed, do I still have to pay? Same for water, electricity etc.
9) If I wanted to convert my kitchen to 240v is that allowed? Is this what the permit thing is about?
10) Is this the best place to network and find local permies? Are there any other tools? I’m trying to avoid Facebook and Nextdoor.
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