Is it legal to build an underground house on my property?
It's hot here 120 degrees so wouldn't an underground house be cool?
- 11 months ago
If your house already has an underground space that can be converted then a planning permission is not required but if there are any alterations to be made such as making the floor level even lower then the local authorities might consider it as an extension and you might have to apply for a planning permission.
- zipperLv 611 months ago
Yes it would be cooler, but it could also flood in a rain storm. They did this about thirty years ago in Nebraska and several people drowned when the house flooded.during a heavy rain storm. Think on that for a while!
- 11 months ago
As long as your city administration doesn’t know you good
- Jedi JanLv 711 months ago
Research a town like Coober Pedy, an opal mining town in central Australia. Many homes were dug out to escape the intense heat of the outback.
As for legalities that depends on the building and zoning regulations in your area. Less likely, and feasible, in cities, but more remote, country like areas a distinct possibility.Source(s): https://www.cooberpedy.com
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- oklatomLv 711 months ago
Sure, as long as zoning gives you a permit to do so.
- Anonymous11 months ago
Likely, check local zoning bylaws. In some places like New Orleans it's not likely going to be feasible.
- οικοςLv 711 months ago
Unless you live where there is a HOA, probably yes. However, an earth-sheltered house would be easier to light. Remember that when you are underground, the temperature stays very close to the average annual temperature all year round. In PA, for example, that is close to 50 degrees; no need for air conditioning.
- ?Lv 411 months ago
"What you propose would be classified as an engineering operation. Unlike Building Regulations, there are no exemptions under the Planning Acts that permit nuclear shelters or similar structures to be constructed. As a result, planning permission would be required. Whether such a proposal would be likely to be granted planning permission would depend upon an assessment of its impact on the character of the surrounding area and neighbours' amenities."
there is an exemption from Building Regs and Planning Permission provided:
Internal Floor area no more than 30 sq metres
depth is no greater than the distance to the nearest building.
so you do not have to submit plans.....j
- JudyLv 711 months ago
cool, dark, and hard to access
- JoeLv 711 months ago
Check with your local zoning board.
Earth-sheltered homes can be quite comfortable. Seems like the best ones are cut into a hillside. Google around for more information.