Comment: Local building ordinances can go from the absurd to ridiculous

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Local building ordinances can go from the absurd to ridiculous

We remolded an adjoining bath room and laundry room/utility room into one room, combining them into the same space. We had new appliances, a toilet, vanity, shower, washer, dryer, water heater, water softener and the well equipment all in one room. The building inspector for the township showed up for the occupancy permit inspection, he pointed out that an obscure ordinance would not allow a gas fired appliance in a bathroom, even though the adjoining townships did not have this ordinance. We were forced to remove all the gas appliances and replace them with electric to allow occupancy. I still remember the smirk on that little SOB's face, he really liked to lord over people.

Composting toilets make all the sense in the world, environmentally safe, inexpensive and allowed in most European countries. A septic tank is expensive, but a drain field can be a major expense, even cost prohibitive if your land won't perk.