Hello, we are building an earthbag home in Douglas, AZ we were wondering if there are others who have built or are building an earthbag home in Cochise County, Az?! And if so did you have any zoning issues or requirements? We were told that the home had to be IRC compliant by planning and zoning, but we have been reading that some areas you don't have to worry about codes, our area is open land and we don't even have an address, there is a green home in the vacinity of our property. Hate to go through red tape if none is really required.
Hello Miles, thanks for the reply! Yes I spoke with them Zoning again today and was told that the permit would be 400 dollars and we had to have some sort of a grease trap type grey water system for the kitchen water...We are gonna use a compost toilet, although he did say the compost toilet had to be UL approved....The land is 4.82 acre and we told him a little over 800 square feet...just was wondering if any others have built an earthbag home in Douglas, Az and if so, any info on how they set up their grey water system and did they have to pay a lot for permits etc!?
P:S below Pic of EarthBag home is not mines Just a Picture of how I want My home to Look!😀
I hope they're working with you. This can be tough, unless they're interested and cooperative. I've seen a situation where it took years to win them over, then they just came out as a formality and turned their heads unless they say something clearly concerning (rather than merely regulated).
You can build a very functional grease trap with a couple of 5 gallon barrels - or you can spend a few hundred bucks on something that won't work as well.
We have been looking at land in Cochise County to build earthbag or straw bale. We hope to find property and break ground in a couple of months.
We were under the impression that if you owned 4+ acres you could "opt out" of inspections and could pretty much build what you wanted. The only catch was a permitted septic installed before beginning construction and that you had to do a basic permit application showing set backs, drain fields etc.