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  1. #1
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    Jun 2007

    Default Zoning Violation For Commercial Shipping Container Used For Personal Storage

    I purchased a commercial shipping container that was past it age to certify commercially. Upon purchase, I was told it was ok to use on private property as a permanent structure for personal storage IE a shed or garage.- temp. placed in front of home w/in limits(no zoning violation for easements or property lines ) It has been positioned to be screened from view by foliage as per ordinaces. Is it commercial since it is no longer certifiable and now privately owned. It is intended to store personal items and will be used during a demolition and new construction. The permit for construction/demo has not yet been pulled. I was mislead in the process by the inspector I asked for time to investigate my rights and seek legal advice. I was told by the inspector that I did not need legal help and that they would not give me extra time to seek help. The investigator in this circumstance lied under oath that I think I can prove. I have been issued a violation. HELP!!!!!!!!PS This is in collier county,fl.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Default Re: Fl.zoning violation?Commercial container now personal property

    hhmmm, you now have a privately owned container on private property.

    doesn't sound like a commercial construct to me.

    the only problem is if it falls withing an allowable structure design to be placed on your property. That may be the crux of your problem. It may not fit the guidelines required to be considered an acceptable addition to your property and is therefore considered basically "junk" and is being treated as such.

    Now here is a game that is played in my area as well as many others;

    permanent structures are almost always required to meet building codes of some sort and are regulated. Temp structures aren;t. As long as the container is not on a foundation and is mobile, it would not be considered permanent in my area so it would not fall under the same rules as a permanent building.

    We tend to get away with a lot around here with that.

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