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Old 05-06-2022, 04:25 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I wanted to start a thread showing our 24ft yurt build.

Location: Okanogan County near Republic

Yurt: $19k 24ft from Pacific Yurts - (only the yurt being picked up)
Deck/Platform: $2800+ (estimated cost - building ourselves)
Pit Privy (aka Johnny Crapped): $400+ (estimated cost - building ourselves)
Outdoor Shower: $500+ (estimated cost - building ourselves)

Yurt was ordered the other day and will not be ready for pickup around October/November. In the meantime, we will complete an outdoor shower, a pit privy and the deck/platform for the yurt. There is a permitted well located right across lot lines on National Forest land... Wondering how that happened! Our plan is to run generator to yurt (for when we absolutely need power). Run water on a 12v system likely solar/battery bank.

We have no water, no septic and no neighbors!

We are wondering if anyone has gotten permitted in Okanogan County to build a yurt as their Building Permit Application Packet (see their website) directly says "yurt" as type of construction.

Will update the progress of this build as it happens.


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Old 05-06-2022, 05:50 PM   #2
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You will likely find no permitting information here. There just are not enough yurts to create an audience big enough.

So I would say that most areas are going to try and help you the best they can to get you permitted but understand they have mandates they too must follow from their local, state and federal laws.

Are you going to be living there full-time or is this a camp/cabin? Usually localities have different regulations between the type of dwellings.
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You will likely find no permitting information here. There just are not enough yurts to create an audience big enough.

So I would say that most areas are going to try and help you the best they can to get you permitted but understand they have mandates they too must follow from their local, state and federal laws.

Are you going to be living there full-time or is this a camp/cabin? Usually localities have different regulations between the type of dwellings.

We are going to be planting a lot of native plants on the lot and using mostly for that but would like a place to sleep sometimes. Will be used mostly as cabin and not full-time residence. There is a 60 day cabin exemption in the county but you agree to never stay on your own property more than 60 days in a year! That's a little extreme as we plan to stay up to 1-2 day each weekend...

On YouTube there is a person in Okanogan that has permitted yurt in county. Would love to pick his/her brain on the process.

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Unless someone is there checking you in, I wouldn't worry about the 60 day thing lol..
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I'd make substantial effort to contact the building dept. or other local authorities. Legal info should come from them. If there ares no 'authorities' in that jurisdiction then use common sense. For sure nobody here is gonna have the slightest clue about your circumstances. Good luck.
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We found 4 build sites today! Also, tons of turkey.
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Unless someone is there checking you in, I wouldn't worry about the 60 day thing lol..
Yeah, makes sense. Only folk that I'd worry about keeping tabs is a disgruntled neighbor! Found out the 60 exemption can be retracted with proof of a viable source of water.
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