posted on Jun, 10 2015 @ 06:16 PM
Lots of people pose this kind of question on ATS, but the reality is, that due to permits and overzealous code enforcement officials, the average
person needs LOTS of knowledge of building codes and a healthy savings account and/or access to large lines of credit, "just in case", professionals
like lawyers or architects are needed to keep the project moving forward or fix unforeseen problems. If you don't have such skills, nor the means to
bring on professional help, with little notice, you stand a very good chance of getting fined and shut down eventually. People here disagree with
this sentiment, but it is a fact.
First legal, then while working with an architect or planner, buy the land they recommend based on your plans, followed by asking that architect or
planner to help develop a master plan for the community, to be implemented over the course of 5-7 years. Again, doing it any other way will result in
fines, liens or at worse seizure of the land itself. The government has bottled this kind of stuff up real tight, its home court advantage for them.
Local governments know how to steal land from anyone, very few of those losing what they have, knew how to stop it. Don't be one of them.
For example, a planner/architect will tell you during the master plan phase, "You can never build a Aquaponics/hydroponics system because of code XXX"
or "Building a Aquaponics/hydroponics system will require a $30,000 EIR". Off-the-Grid design and construction pushes zoning and building codes to the
limit. People who subscribe to "do it yourself" will ALWAYS fail in that endeavor, once Code Enforcement shows up to inspect the property. I'd argue
that having such professionals always available is relevant in ALL situations where you are building non-traditional, off-the-grid, systems for
So, make sure you have a lawyer on retainer, find a way to receive and read your mail, and learn how to build things to code. You will be hounded for
permits and taxes for as long as you own the land. There is NO WAY around it and I have seen many Neo-Pioneers loose it all because they thought they
could ignore local government Code Enforcement and ignore court summons.
In fact, it would be best to make sure you at least serve on local government committees or get into an elected city council position in the
jurisdiction where you property is located, just in case.