What is the difference between a Backcountry Structure and a Single Family Home?

A backcountry structure creates the opportunity for property owners to create a dwelling that does not need to reach all the same criteria as a single family detached structure. There are building permits/requirements that can be found in section 5.2.25.1.

Single Family Home

  • Built to the adopted building code
  • Require a building permit
  • Term of occupancy is not regulated
  • Require well and OWTS (on-site wastewater treatment system)
  • Cannot exceed 1,100 square feet
  • No STR (short term rental) use

Backcountry Structure

  • Built to the adopted zoning code
  • Require a zoning permit
  • Must have temporary occupancy (no more than 180 days a year)
  • Have alternatives to well and OWTS septic
  • Cannot exceed 600 sq. ft
  • No STR (short term rental) use
  • Examples: yurts and small cabins

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1. What is the difference between a Backcountry Structure and a Single Family Home?
2. What method of sanitary waste removal is appropriate for a Backcountry Structure?
3. What method of potable water supply is appropriate for the a Backcountry Structure?
4. Can I build two Backcountry Structures on my property?
5. Can I create my own seasonal road on my property?