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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 10 months ago

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?

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  • 9 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.

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  • zipper
    Lv 6
    9 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!

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  • 9 months ago

    As long as your city administration doesn’t know you good

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  • 9 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.

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  • 9 months ago

    Sure, as long as zoning gives you a permit to do so.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      Sure, assuming you need a permit or have any zoning in your area.

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  • Anonymous
    10 months ago

    Likely, check local zoning bylaws. In some places like New Orleans it's not likely going to be feasible.

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  • 10 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.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    10 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

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    cool, dark, and hard to access

    • Lv 6
      9 months agoReport

      Just like my old girlfriend....

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  • Joe
    Lv 7
    10 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.

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