I want to make sure that I am compliant with any code or regulations that might pertain to having a container on my property. How can I make sure that I am in compliance?
Determine the exact address of where you want the container delivered. Once you have decided upon the address where you container will be located, then take that address and look up if it is in an incorporated city or on county land. If it falls within the limits of an incorporated city then call that particular city hall. If it falls in an unincorporated area (on county land-outside of an incorporated area) then call that specific county.
When you call the appropriate municipality, again, as determined by the container’s delivery address, then ask to speak to “code compliance.” Speak to the person in code compliance and tell them you want to locate a container at the delivery address. Determine, from the code compliance person, the exact regulations that apply to locating the container on the property in question.
Always ask the code compliance person to send you an official email outlining any/all applicable code(s) or regulation(s) that apply to locating you container.
A city or county may change or modify their policy at a later date and you should always have this communication as proof of the regulations as of the date you located your container. Be sure to print this letter and file away.
Keep a copy of any communications you have or filings that you make re: your container.
Shipping containers may actually qualify as “buildings” by some ordinances. Thus, they may be treated accordingly. Be aware of this.