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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:26 am 
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Does anyone know where I can find if there are any state or federal regulations against fulltiming on your own property? We are looking at buying some land and fulltiming on it in North Carolina. Would fulltime for a couple of years while we save up to build the house.

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Cool. Will be interesting to see the answer regarding this. Are you going to put in electric and septic? I'd think those might be a requirement to be able to live on the land but I may be wrong on that. earl should be able to tell you how it works in Michigan to kind of get you in the ballpark.

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Some are state and some would go by individual municipality. I doubt you will find a site that will cover anything other than a specific area.
We had to purchase a permit for $75 in order to live on our property while building our barn and our house here in MI. That is a new state law in MI. While we lived here we utilized a portable outhouse (required on site while building) instead of having the tank pumped out on the trailer. The cost and logistics of pumping the trailer made the outhouse cheaper. We tanked our own water in for a few months in a 55 gallon drum and some 5 gal jerry cans.

It might be best to call the local unit of Government for your area and ask them.

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Cool. Will be interesting to see the answer regarding this. Are you going to put in electric and septic? I'd think those might be a requirement to be able to live on the land but I may be wrong on that. earl should be able to tell you how it works in Michigan to kind of get you in the ballpark.


The place that we are looking at already has electric and septic on it, I would just have to put in a 50amp post to hook the trailer up to but that's no biggie. Ok thanks for the advice. I will call the court house or tax assessor in the are we are looking and see if I can find out any info.

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So the answer to my own question is NO!! North Carolina does not allow you to live in a RV on your own property for any amount of time!

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This is very interesting news. Who did you talk to in order to get your answer? Does your property have restrictions?

We are in SC. In 2008 and 2009 we lived in a camper for 5 months on our property while our house was built. There were restrictions regarding single home on the property and distances from property lines. The builder provided a portable outhouse for workers but also paid for the company to pump our tanks every week for the entire time. We were in a nice subdivision but on 4 acres so no one really knew we were there. Liked being there because we could oversee everything and it kept people out or theft.

Right now we are looking at a piece of land that has septic and electric potential. Land has no restrictions so we thought about doing the same thing again. Older google pictures show some sort of camper there at one time. Don't see where it is much different than homesteading in a campground??

If you have a builder with a building permit he can get the electric to the site; plus a well for water. Once that is done depending again on location who would know. Is there a fine if they find out?

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Hmmm. I can only speak for where I live in a city limit, as no doubt most of the other members attest to: ordinance clearly prohibits within the city limits.
Conversely I have a lot in a lake community, county of course, that is totally permissible with of course the correct utility hookups.

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This is a local zoning issue and will vary from state to state place to place. Living temporarily while a house is being built may also create exemptions. A building permit will often allow for a temporary structure to be put in place. But again varies by locality

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I called the local zoning office for the county we are looking at living in. As Lantley stated, it does vary from state to state and I know a lot of people in Texas do it. Yes the property we are looking at is out in the country and has NO land restrictions. They said it didn't matter. The way it was explained to me was if you already have the building permit and are currently building the home, you are allowed to stay in a temporary structure ( excluding Recreational Vehicles ) while the home is being built. North Carolina does not even allow homesteading in a campground! 90 days max, then you have to move. They way the campground that we go to gets away with it is by charging people on a month by month basis.

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Wow that sure sounds like one more governmental over reach. Our property is outside city limits with no HOA/POA or restrictions. If you can dream it and it does not trample on other folks rights you can build it. Thank God we live in Texas!

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Here in Idaho, since I live out in the country no problem. We put in an 18 x36 rv pad with full hookups and no problems with friends staying extended times. They have been out to check our property to confirm additions we have made and said nothing about the pad. However our little town of 1700 just passed an ordinance that inside the city limits you're only allowed to have an occupied rv(guests) for 3 days. This is for people visiting an established structure and residents. Guess we won't even consider living in the city again.Dave

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Wow that sure sounds like one more governmental over reach. Our property is outside city limits with no HOA/POA or restrictions. If you can dream it and it does not trample on other folks rights you can build it. Thank God we live in Texas!

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Yeah the government is just pissed off that us common folk are smarter than them in ways of saving money!! Any YES, God bless Texas!!! I would love to move back but unlucky for me, work will not allow that! It has been a huge change getting adjusted to the east coast. I miss southern hospitality!!!!

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What if you moved onto your property for 90 days, then hauled it to a campground for a week and then moved it back for another 90 days? Says 90 days max, but doesn't say you can't come back.

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What if you moved onto your property for 90 days, then hauled it to a campground for a week and then moved it back for another 90 days? Says 90 days max, but doesn't say you can't come back.


They said that is only for a temporary structure which excludes RV's. RV's are not allowed at all as a temporary or permanent residence.

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