Posted by BillW. on January 08, 2001 at 23:55:18:
You will need to talk to building and zoning to see if what you propose is allowed. They have requirements for “legal” building sites. If what you propose is agreeable to them, you’ll need a zoning hearing and, if approved, a survey to redraw the boundries of the properties. You’ll probably need an attorney that is familiar with zoning and what you’re proposing. That’s where to start. Prices vary according to where you are and what you want to do, but figure several thousand, minimum. Also, if the house has no permits, plan on getting them after the fact and bringing everything up to current codes. Again, talk to your city or county building department for requirements and fees. Also figure a few thousand for this. Time, 4 to 6 months, if you’re lucke, infinity if you’re not.