Does Ventura County allow modified cargo containers on empty lots for modular living?

Asked by Jordan Frolka, California Sun Sep 2, 2012

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Calvin James, Home Buyer, Orem, UT
Sat Jan 3, 2015
A permit would be required for any structure larger than 10' foot by 12' foot, the size of a small "work shed" which is popular. A typical shipping container is approximately 40-foot by 8 foot and whether used for storage or outdoor living, at 320 square feet, a permit would be required. Also, if you plan to install electricity or plumbing, a permit would be also be required.
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Barry Shapiro, Agent, Camarillo, CA
Mon Oct 22, 2012
There are regulations for the temporary or permanent placement of cargo containers in/for each City. Cargo containers generally are only allowed on residential properties with a building permit for onsite construction. Cargo containers may be allowed on commercial or industrial properties on a temporary or permanent basis, provided that they are screened and not placed on required parking, driveways, or landscaped areas. Contact the Planning Division at each city for complete requirements. Check in with the County Bldg. at 800 Victoria Avenue for direction as well. I would imagine issues such as ventilation, utility access, stability and visibility are just a few of the challenges with this type of alternative housing. Good luck!
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