Is it legal to put down a shipping container house on a foundation and live in it? I just want a small 20 x 40 house.

Is it legal to put down a shipping container house on a foundation and live in it? I just want a small 20 x 40 house.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Surely it's not going to depend on where you live specifically...

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    shipping containers are 8 ft wide
    since you didn't know

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That's enough for me. Just need room for a kitchen, shower, toilet, a bed, a comfy chair, and TV. I can build a shed for storage.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >build a shed for storage.
        Why not use a shipping container?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Because I'd be living in it.

          • 4 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            What about second container?

            • 4 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              0_0

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              https://i.imgur.com/aHZRouO.jpeg

              Is it legal to put down a shipping container house on a foundation and live in it? I just want a small 20 x 40 house.

              i got you senpai

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gotta check local zoning. Do that before any land purchases.

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    covenants, codes, ordinances, incorporation, and zoning aren't the issue, plenty of places will allow such things
    but you will NEVER get a certificate of occupancy until you've turned it into a wheelless RV at minimum
    you WILL NOT get it legally recognized as a dwelling unless you've pulled every permit, run electrical, run plumbing, installed septic or whatever, gotten every inspection, finally a utility inspection
    you can then get an actual address and assessment and all that
    no CoO, no address, no assessment = not a legal dwelling, subject to bulldozing at any time
    no address - what will be your legal place of residence? what address will be on your ID and on file with institutions? how will you get mail?
    some states won't even let you go off grid, your dwelling MUST have utilities contracts or it's illegal to live in it
    all states have strict requirements for water and waste, those are the main ways they frick with you

    can you buy a lot and put a shipping container down on it and just live in it? yes
    is it legal? frick no
    might you get away with it? hard to say, even bumfrick counties now have contracts with drone surveillance companies that use thermal, infrared, LIDAR, etc. to detect any unauthorized or unpermitted use of land (e.g. building a pool without pulling permits, but they're really looking for shit like unapproved "apartments" on people's property)

    meanwhile the borders are wide frickin open
    land of the free, LMAO
    homeless illegals have more housing rights than you

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Jesus man. Idk where you 'live' but there's no such Codes out here.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just get a quality prefab and use the container for storing shit. Container homes are a meme.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    buy a used camper instead. drop the shipping container for storage space

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It'd be cheaper and easier to build one on a slab
    2x4 framing, house wrap and then plywood siding for the outside, insulation and paneling inside (or drywall), single pitch or 12/12 gable roof

    Containers actually complicate the building process and leave you with short ceilings and 7' wide rooms
    They aren't waterproof unless brand new and you need to frame and insulate anyway so it's just a fricking waste

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >is it legal to do X thing that's expensive and stupid and I'll never actually do?

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just get a cabin kit.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Buy a cheap trailer and build a wooden house on it. No permits needed since its moveable.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      If it's movable, you might have get vehicle registration on it. Because the government hates freedom.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You need to seriously study container shelters (not here, SERIOUSLY) then copy military and industrial success if want but study all options so when opportunity knocks you win.

    A single wide used mobile home or an office trailer is much more instantly usable. Containers make great shop space though.

    40' HC one-trip are what I'd use for shelter since standard height sucks. The kind of people who suit container life are already hardcore metalworkers/DIY etc. It's easy to insulate them and easy to handle climate control as my bro does with a mini-split in his machine shop. I just use dehumidifiers since I don't live in mine but will add HVAC at leisure.

    My bro permitted a pole building shop he now lives in. He build an ugly outhouse first so no code quibbles. Then he piped his toilet to that outhouse (one human can't overload a pit latrine). Every situation is fricking specific so know yours.

    These threads always have posters who imagine their situation is every situation. Ignore that then determine YOURS which is all that matters. If my house burned down I'd hang a hammock in my container shop and connect a portable AC or a full sized heat pump then sort the details. No worse than a deployment and living in a temper tent for nine months is NBD.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Shipping container homes
    Is it still 2014? Destitute normans have moved on to living in vans now. Big metal box is going to be too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Big metal box is going to be too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.

      Not if done right which is not difficult. My bro (we helped build each others containerized shops) used thin bubble insulation leaving ample space.

      Everything to do with containers has been solved in multiple ways. These threads happen because people imagine otherwise.

  13. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Is it legal to put down a shipping container house on a foundation and live in it?
    Just put a sign outside that says "This is a tool sheld not a place of dwelling"

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Permitting shop structures etc is different and situations vary. Mailing addy can be a PO box if useful.

      There are ways to win. Land zoned agricultural gives more freedom. I bought mine with one small old house (ugly outside which I retained for tax reasons, I live INside structures after all) and another so trashed it was considered a shed (built in the 1920s perhaps as a home). Wife and self renovated both and my containers and steel "tractor shed" didn't require permits at the time.

      I can if pressed define my containers as mobile shops (the two welded together are easily separated by plasma cutter but I could have faced drilled angle together as a bolted roof flange if I were renting or otherwise anticipated moving) or fixed sheds but no one cares (I've been in the area since 1985).

      A container sitting atop a container trailer is another option and could easily be made stealth (I don't need windows but did add personnel doors on two boxes, one in an end door and one on the blank end of an old WWT box before I knew the extra money for a one-trip is worth spending). Simple steel stairs would be easy to score used then cut to size or fab yourself. Mount to a simple pipe hinge with a pin (suitably greased) and you could disconnect them in a minute.

      All my shit is inspired by deploying to bases where deployed systems have lasted decades. Though I'm retired and expect to die at my current location it's so much easier to make everything that way I still do. Bonus, if I sell my other property I can rearrange what I have (for example building a Steelmaster container cover using two HC as sidewalls and shop space) in days though I'm a cripple who works alone.

      A container trailer would be easy to add rear landing gear to (weld mount plates, bolt on new or used landing gear) for wheel removal and lowering the container. Tires are best tarped out of the sun if worth saving. I buy used billboard sign tarps because rugged as frick. Tentgays should check them.

  14. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    no

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Correct, but it's a civil violation, not a criminal case. Therefore, police are unlikely to get involved.

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Do you own land or is this dreaming? What general location?

    Details matter but almost no one posts them.

    Budget? Combinations like a very smol trailerMH with permit, septic etc and a container next to it are an option, and the space between could be bridged by a carport.

    Find out what others do in your desired area. A 20x20 Steelmaster with the inside foamed is ample living space and that use of steel building kits is common. Mine is a shop. I collect used steel beams (own a truck and a car trailer) and used four twenty-footers welded at the corners for a slab form I could leave attached.

    I welded two ~4foot long x ~5" OD (no need to measure so I didn't) round steel surplus building columns perpendicular to my two side beams, then flipped the __I_____I___ sections so the pipes faced down in holes I dug with a post hole digger. I leveled those beams then welded the other two to form a square. I shimmed that level then potted the posts with cement and erected the Steelmaster which I used like that for a while before pouring my slab. No wood forms to wrassle and I can and have welded to the beams.

    Steelmaster will send drawings so you can get your project permitted beforehand.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm not a lawyer

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    if you have to ask...
    >is it legal
    that means big mommy gov hasn't expressed to you that this is an approved activity. best be safe and only do what you've been told you are supposed to be doing!

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      That also means that if you are selling a self-made monstrosity to third parties, those are not going to be harmed by muh freedom.

      Same applies to possible wife/offsprings you might eventually seclude in a shipping container, but I suspect you dodged that bullet.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Some of us prefer to not get harassed by pigs, you homosexual

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've shared this before, buy my first "home" situation was like this: bought a 3 acre rural property for $15k, it was highway frontage so it had utility access. Cost me about $4000 for meters and hook ups. I bought a used RV trailer for $4000, but also had a pickup to move it. Bought some 55 gallon drums and rented a mini excavator for a day to bury them and make a DIY septic system. Lastly, built a sheet metal carport to cover the RV after the roof started to have minor leaks (also helps the AC cool during summer, should have done this from day one tbh) the kit at the size I needed was around $1000 at the time and I put it up myself with help from a friend

    All done I had around $25k in the place. It's a super rural location with no building codes, so zero legal issues. I see no reason why I couldn't have done all the same with a container house. The location is the most important part, because if you're anywhere near a proper town or city they generally don't like redneck diy shitshows sitting out in the open for the world to see.

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    We can't tell you that. You need to call your local permitting authority and ask.

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    containers are not good for small houses. there are better cheaper options

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Once you pad out the interior with enough insulation to make living inside a metal box bearable, there's going to be almost no living space left.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >All laws everywhere are the same
    Since you so conveniently did not mention your location, I'll just assume you're my immediate neighbour...
    >put on foundation
    Yes, as long as you're not in a nature preserve and don't screw it into the foundation, as building places to put stuff is legal as long as they're below 300m2, while actual buildings have some additional restrictions (mostly with regards to safety).
    >live in it
    Yes, in theory. You'd have to figure out a way to get rid of waste water though, as any plumbing (or electric grid connection) would legally make it a building and require you to either get a permit or fit it into one of the privileged classes of building that do not require a permit - which, for living buildings, would only be vacation homes below a certain size here.

    But then again, I doubt you live in the same German state as me, so I recommend reading your local alws instead of shitting up this board.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    In my somewhat restrictive city it's legal if you are permitted and followed all the bullshit building codes. Only one or two people have done it because it's way more trouble than it's worth to do legally.

    I also own a remote acreage where there's no permitting required where I could theoretically do this, but I won't, because my wife and kids don't want to live in a steel box.

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