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How To Build a Small House With No Building Codes

So 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.

But 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 electronic access to it.


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 is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • Avatar tommy January 25, 2012, 7:01 pm

    What about Canada?

  • Avatar sesameB January 30, 2012, 4:08 pm


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

    Could I please be on your email list?

  • Avatar 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.

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

      Russia.. oh wait 🙂

  • Avatar 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?

  • Avatar Bobby December 25, 2014, 2:50 am

    There is no such thing as land of the free anymore! You have to have a stupid permit to even put up a fence anymore! Only in america do we have to pad political pockets to do anything on OUR own property! Soon there will come a time you will have to have a permit to mow your grass. Then you’ll be fined if you don’t mow you grass. This government is supposed to be for the people but it hasn’t been that way for years. When are we gonna put a stop to their greed? These rules are SUPPOSED to be for our safety. But how is a fence a danger? If we build a house without a permit, but exceeds their SAFETY RULE, why are we made to tear it down?

  • Avatar Bria January 30, 2015, 3:11 am

    Why is your ebook on no code areas not available anymore? I am looking into building a cob home in South Western, PA. This book would help out many people trying to break the governments choke hold on their lives and finances.

  • Avatar bill May 12, 2015, 2:08 pm

    check out far SW Texas….cheap land, high desert, minimal rain, very hot mid-late summers. No bldg codes. well water slim chance – rain catchment works great. Cheap prop taxes. Gorgeous scenery.
    Terlingua Ranch – older subdivision from 1969. 20 acre tracts for under $10k total. Nearest gas station and small store can be 20+ miles away.

  • Avatar Vivian May 25, 2015, 1:01 am

    Why is the book no longer available? What other resources are there to discover land to buy?

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