Hi All, I'm new to this formum, but I've been interested on permaculture since 2005
I live in Northern Italy and would like to know if there are wild places in US where you can build a Tiny House without asking permission from the Authority. If so, could someone please tell me any of these places?
Thanks and regards, Roby
If you're just wanting to be able to build without getting a building permit there are lots of places left without zoning and permitting. That was one of the reasons I bought land where I did in the 1980's. No zoning, no permitting, etc.
I know that in Missouri and a few other states in the midwest you can build with no permits.
Anyhwere that allows mobile homes you could in theory get a used mobile home for $10,000 and then only get a sewer permit.
(In some places if you state that you do Humanure you get exempted) After that you could just do "improvements"
We chose Vermont which is very similar climate and geography. There are a number of towns in Vermont, and NH, with no zoning or other regulations. Recently the state put through that one must get a septic permit even for properties over 10 acres. Previously properties over 10 acres did not have that.
I would recommend not looking to the urban areas in any state.
Figure out where the resources are that you want, draw circles on the map, check out the towns in the intersections. Visit them. Look around for land being sold by the owner. Owner financing works well for both buyer and seller, have a lawyer draw up the contract and do the title search. This saves a lot of money and keeps even more out of the hands of the bankers. No need to enrich them.
i live in the free state of jefferson =)
also good for this sort of thing, theres lots of alternative houses, shacks, treehouses =)
i consider it the southern tip of cascadia
which is my favorite part of the world that i have seen .
actually in some places around here in the mountains of northern california /southern oregon there arent even any local police forces, or any sort of "services"
for hundred miles +++
on crazy roads, for miles and miles.
but thats more once you head away from the few populated areas, and futher into the mountains. especially Siskiyou, Trinity county, and amazing beautiful wild lands.
theres some cool areas in the south, north carolina, parts of tennesse and those areas where there is little to none of that sort of stuff.
But really land if cheap you could just buy the land for $5,000 and then park your "RV" and plant your food forest
If you just want a place to hang out, there are a lot more options, but you need to be close to a job, unless you are a remittance man or receiving a pension or a government subsidy.
If you have some money saved up, purchasing land is probably going to work out better in the long run. As always, Buyer Beware!
You may also want to look at Mexico, Central and South America. If I didn't have kids, I might be tempted to get some property in Ecuador (mainly because I have in-laws there, and it is largely a beautiful and fertile place). I would also have to force myself not to talk politics.
Andrew Parker wrote:Will you still have water after Las Vegas dips its prodigious straw into your aquifer, or are you spared that indignity...for now?
I hope so, Andrew. For now this aquifer isn't one of the ones they're targeting, it is owned by the ranches out here primarily. My water is abundant, artesian and soooo good. I'm hoping it doesn't get messed with but feel pretty confident that it will be ok.
I am glad you are not facing a drastic drawdown of your aquifer, at least not immediately. A ground water right is a different animal to a surface water right. Prior use is usually no protection. In any case, enjoy it while you've got it.
Do you know if all the non-urban counties in Nevada have equally relaxed building regulations?
S Bengi wrote:Anywhere in Arizona as long as it is not in a city limit you dont need any permits, however AZ is mostly desert.
You will need to check the requirements for each county in Arizona, In Pima County, even the rural parts, we can only build up to 200 sq ft without a permit as long as there is no electric going to it. Once you have utilities or plumbing it needs a permit. I've had the fight with zoning due to nosy neighbors and it is a hassle