Can I build a shop before I build the house?

You must build a primary dwelling prior to building any accessory structures. One possible solution would be to include a small apartment in the shop, which would then allow you to build other accessory structures. Once you then build the house, you could remove the apartment in the shop so it is no longer considered a dwelling (as there is typically only one dwelling allowed per parcel). You could also obtain a building permit for the dwelling, which would allow you to construct accessory structures (provided they are shown on the site plan) prior to the dwelling. Once you have that building permit for the dwelling, you can also obtain a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) to live in an RV during construction. 

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1. I have a piece of bare land; how do I begin the building process?
2. Can I build on a flood plain?
3. Can I build a shop before I build the house?
4. I want to stay on my property in an RV while I build on my property; is that allowed?
5. I want to live off the grid, in a tiny cabin with a composting toilet, solar power, and water holding tank; is this allowed?