5 Best States to Build Shipping container homes in

October 11, 2018

We are often asked questions on building shipping container homes and what we can do to help. Although we are happy to help with any customization request you may have, our biggest piece of advice for building a shipping container home would be to look into local zoning permit and building codes. You can find our local building codes in Tulsa here. It is a MUST for all new home builders to look into what you can and cannot do with your container home. Ordinates and restrictions will vary greatly from state to state.

It is key here to be sure and understand the difference in building codes and zoning. Zoning refers to regulations which dictate where a house can be built. It also defines where similar structures can be built next to each other. In other words, zoning is what prevents retail stores from opening up shop in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Building codes dictate the standards for the construction of the home. You’ll find everything you need to know about how your home should be built within building codes.

Some states are more lax in their regulations. Others have completely ruled out the use of shipping containers in home structure builds. Ultimately, it is up to you to double check what is and is not allowed in your area. However, we CAN offer guidance on the best places to build your shipping container home in the U.S. For this list, we took a look at the wiggle room in local regulations and general perception of shipping container home builds. Here’s the rundown:

1. Louisiana

Louisiana is an easy first choice here as it is known to be one of the most overall “hands off” states in the U.S. Their lax attitude not only applies to zoning and building codes but also to local government and policies. In addition to LA laws, Louisiana land is known to be relatively affordable. As such, we’re smacking it at the top of this list.

2. Texas

Texas is a state with a TON of rural land. In many counties and cities, the law allows for shipping container homes and his helping Texas to build a reputation for container home friendly environment. While bigger cities within the state will limit or prohibit the use of containers, the vast majority of rural or suburban areas seem permit it.

3. Oklahoma

Oklahoma is an easy pick here. Not only for it’s surplus of rural land but because of it’s low cost of living and relatively lax land-use regulations. Shipping container homes would do well with withstanding the various climate changes in this state.

4. California

We don’t imagine that shipping container houses are common or even allowed in the crowded hills of LA, but much like the states listed above there are pockets of the state which permit tiny living. If you’re looking for a home that sits among the redwoods, California may be the place for you!

5. Alabama

This state ranked number one for land use in the Freedom in the 50 States 2017 Report.

According to the study, Alabama has a long history of low taxes (bonus) and lax land laws.

Find yourself a good spot in the beautiful rolling woods and set up shop!

Each state has something unique to offer to a shipping container home. Owners can find pockets within almost any state to build in if they really want it. The best part of it all is that, no matter the state, your shipping container will be equipped to live on whatever land you choose. TuffBox containers are built tough and are proven to withstand the elements. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can cater to your custom container requests!

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