Hi! Welcome Home! Just wanted to give you a more complete story on the Permit issue. We have and are against permits; but due to increasing government decisions and rules trying to force the matter, we have signed a few; and have tried submitting 'operating plans' with some success. Here's a link to the history.
Here is a place where we can share our ideas of self-sustainability. Whether it pertains to gardening, energy(solar, wind, water), construction(cob, straw bale, earth ships), permaculture...You get the IDEA...lets share it!