How To Build a Small House With No Building Codes

You want to build your own tiny, off grid, cob, or maybe earthship house but need to find land where there are no regulations or code inspections.

You envision your home surrounded by nature so that you can have an escape where you can read, write, retire, grow your own food, or just relax and get away from time to time. And you want to do all of this without breaking the bank.

If it’s a cabin, shed conversion, or a recycled shipping container that you have in mind, there are already places you can build without code inspections.

The No Building Codes e-book is an up to date list on locations in the United States with little to no restrictions on construction.

After you’ve ordered the book you’ll gain immediate access to it because it’s delivered electronically.


Inside you’ll have a map of all 50 states with the countries outlined and current code information for each one. They even give you links to get the most up to date information from different counties.

Yes, the author provides web links throughout the ebook that you can click on to learn more about the no code areas so that you can build a small house without the regulatory hassles.

To get your copy of the book right now, [no longer available]


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Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of and the always free Tiny House Newsletter, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity too. Thank you!

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  • tommy January 25, 2012, 7:01 pm

    What about Canada?

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  • sesameB January 30, 2012, 4:08 pm


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  • Corey Firzlaff February 16, 2013, 10:03 pm

    Could I please be on your email list?

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  • Jody April 17, 2013, 2:31 pm

    We’ve been trying to build a 350 square foot house on a great lot in Maine. Just today we learned that to meet codes for water, septic, and grading, we’d be spending almost twice what it will cost us to build our house. There must be somewhere in America where it is still the land of the free.

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    • Robert Keller June 17, 2013, 12:50 am

      Russia.. oh wait :)

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  • Cheryl August 30, 2014, 11:42 am

    I live in California and my husband and I would like to build our own tiny home on wheels. Can anyone give us advice on what the guidelines are to build a tiny home that would be legal to tow down the road?

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