Best Places to Live with Minimal Building Codes: Idaho County — 14 Comments

  1. With all due respect, although I appreciate the safety sentiment,it really shouldn’t be the government’s responsibility to to dictate safety issues. If any regulations be allowed, then it should be on a case by case basis. In other words, if I reasonably believe that I can build a safe livable housing structure for myself and family, then I would not require the government’s intrusive building codes and regulations. families have survived for centuries without government intervention. It’s really about control and fleecing the public without their permission. On the other hand there are those who may not be knowledgeable enough to build a reasonably well structured living space and welcome the help with planning and other resource draining regulations. I understand the need for humans to be educated especially when it comes to dealing with water and proper sewage disposal methods, but I don’t think it should be the responsibility of government to intervene unless absolutely necessary, and even then it should be an informative effort as opposed to a fine and or penalties situation !

    • Some remote rural counties make it real easy – one stop permitting with a little building handout and one for the septic. Often times you have to hire this part out. This covers a few basics such as protecting the water table without being costly or obtrusive.

  2. Two aspects of my home design are solar power and a dry-composting toilet. Will I still need inspections/permits for these items?

  3. I have land in Lewis County, TN where we plan to build an intentional community featuring earthbag construction. Lewis County has no building codes or permits, only septic and electric. It is located 10 minutes from a small town and 40 minutes from a major city.

    • Can you recommend this as a very good place for others to live? Are you recommending Lewis County for one of my Best Places to Live articles? Lewis County and the one recommended the other day are both very small. Is there enough suitable land available for more people to live?

      • Lewis County, TN is a conditional recommendation, depending on what a person’s priorities are but the lack of zoning, codes and permits are a definite benefit. The area has a comparatively mild climate, reasonable access to amenities and a more liberal population than most of the south. It is lumber country and land is plentiful, ranging from around $2,000-$4,000/acre.

    • That’s a very good price on land. Please tell me a little more. Are you enthusiastically recommending this place? Any major drawbacks?

  4. You usually get more land for the your money if you purchase more acres. At this time I cannot afford 80 acres but you can get 80 for $80,000 in Colorado.

    You can also find between 1 and 10 acres for prices that range from $4000 on up but you will be living on poor soil and lot’s of sagebrush (unless you are near a water source.) It’s out there if you know where to look.

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    • Landwatch has a good search engine. Kristie Wolfe in today’s blog post recommends zillow and craigslist. She said there’s tons of land available. But it takes time to find good land that’s just right for you.

  5. while no codes are something many homesteaders look for, 10k per acre is not.
    to say that codes are to fatten wallets of the building suppliers, et el, I would like to add that code were initially developed for public safety due to improper building practices at the time which resulted in many injuries and deaths, worldwide, with the problem continuing today.

    • Yes, we’ve addressed this many times on our blog. I’m not totally against building codes. Simple basic building guidelines can be helpful. This how the codes originally started out. One of our earlier blog posts shows the 50 page code book from 50 years ago or so.

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