Hi I am relatively new to this forum. I started doing research about a month ago for off grid living and I stumbled across this site. I LOVE IT! Back on topic, I am looking to go off grid in a couple of years and build an earthbag home once I have the money saved up and done the adequate research.
The problem I am running into is that all the videos I watch on people building their houses never say how they get around having inspections or permits. I know there are some counties where you don't need a permit or can opt out of having inspections and submitting plans if you have rural land.
I know I'm late to the game, but I just found this site and am browsing around...
Eureka County, NV has no building permits/codes/inspections
Socorro County, NM has no building permits/codes/inspections, but the state does... but it's not really enforced as long as you don't go telling them about it.
Apache County, AZ has codes/permits, but they are very very reasonable. They allow alternative buildings, and their code is listed on their website, and very easy to understand. You can owner-build.
Montana (the entire state) has no building permits/codes/inspections if you are in unincorporated areas. I have heard this debated on other sites, but I recently confirmed by contacting the state directly.
Gaille County, OH has no building permits/codes/inspections if you are in an unincorporated area. I just learned this today on Reddit from someone who lives there.
Border County, ID has no building permits/codes/inspections. Their official county website literally says something to the affect of, "if your roof collapses under the snow load, you'll build a better one next time."
Idaho in general has a lot of counties with no permits/codes/inspections required.
I'm always wanting to learn about more places, so if anyone else knows of any others, please let us know!