Highly unlikely the local building department would approve a permit in the city. City building codes will likely not allow it.
Step one is talk to your local buildings department.
It wont fly , the city wants its tax revenue . Have you ever seen a mobile home in the city ?
its happening and becoming more popular in cities around the world and USA, but agreed first stop is your building department to see if theyll allow it
Ive been working with few projects around container homes, mainly on the container supplies side since i could get great deal and have good relationship with container manufacturing company in Vietnam. They would make brand new home containers as our customization so there is no down side like used container turning into a home.
The projects are quite big as well, usually more than 20 containers total. The partners took care of city permits and so far, we dont have any problem at all. In California, city even pushes for building container homes as solution for cheap housing to deal with homelessness problem.
From the money side of thing, it makes a lot of sense since its cheap, highly customizable, modern looking and low maintenance cost due to steel frame structures.
Once we are done with the first big project this year, the following one will be simple and we plan to do more with right amount of funding.
@Minh Dong I'd love to talk further on this. I didn't consider going to the manufacture directly instead of paying for someone to customize the used containers.
Originally posted by @Adam Horvath :
@Matthew Paul it won’t be a mobile home. It will be 3 or 4 updated shipping container apartments. They will look appealing from the outside.
Thats correct it wont have wheels , but its approx the same width and length . Getting it thru zoning and passing building codes will be a feat .
@Adam Horvath Used containers have a few negative things go with us (you could do some quick google search to know more). Building directly from manufacturer could be pricy if you work with the wrong one. If you know the right contact and the way they work, the price could be very competitive even includes the shipping fees.
Also like Matthew mentions above, each city/state has their own zoning and codes, working with a knowledgeable developer in the areas who would also help you install the container homes would help tremendously imho.