first off, sorry if I am putting this in the wrong section. I have been searching all over the internet and my limited local resources for some kind of answer to my questions and Im not having much luck. I live in a very rural part of my state, and there doesnt seem to be much as far as local zoning laws in place. There is a very small part in town that is zones, but i will be working much removed from town. My plans are 1. find a used mobile home to put on property, adding to the existing one bedroom that is there
( we will be a family of 5, i am due with baby #3 in april)
2. while living in location, build a home to suit our needs. i am looking primarily at building with earthbags or a cob mix.
the soil in that location is very high clay content and i believe will do well. we will have a well,( 150 ft), free gas, and no rent.
i may have to pay property tax, not sure yet.
i believe i have found a suitable mobile home, for around $3,500. i have a rough budget of $5000, for now. so I am told i will have to have a permit to move this mobile home to location, and find someone who is insured to do it. once home is there i must file for a address permit. neither of these permits should be too costly, but my question is this: why do i need to apply for the address permit if there is already an existing address in that location? and from what im told, (except for legally) the only reason i need a permit to move the mobile home is so i dont get fined when i apply for an address permit. same with finding someone insured to haul the mobile home to location, instead of hooking it up to a tractor.
also, how do i find out about building codes, and if we have nothing locally, dose it revert back to state? would i need a state inspector to come? i honestly doubt anyone would even notice WHAT i put out there, the only "traffic", would be my neighbors, who are also family. i just want to know IF someone would report me for any "wrongdoings" what or if i may be fined with?
i have looked up building codes for my county. there seem to be none available. i keep getting kicked to another state. zoning laws are equally rare.
michele, I do not know about your local laws or rules but I do know that there are places in wyoming, where I have land, with very few laws or codes.
So if you have tried your best to find out what you need to do and cannot find the answer I think I would move forward. Sounds like you would be fairly safe in doing so .
I moved a 42 foot trailer half way across wyoming without permits or licenses after the state and county folks said they didn't have one for me to use.
Sometimes we have to move forward as free americans.
Thanks, im kinda thinking thats what im going to do, just wing it and if it comes back to bite me, so be it. At least i have tried to do the right thing, i guess. works in my favor, i just keep thinking its too good to be true, lol
Hi Michelle. I've only recently discovered earthbag structures and immediately fell in love with them. Seeing as how your post is 5 years old now, I was hoping you'd have some information you could share regarding all of the legal stuff you encountered? (I too live in Ohio)