I tried posting this thread a while ago and everybody ran away from it, so let me try to reword it a bit. I keep reading these threads about "my new shop". I'm interested in what you had to do at the town building/zoning dept. in order to build that shop on your land. See, here in the center of the great State of Taxation, just because you have a farm with a nice barn, that doesn't mean you can run a landscape or grounds maintenance business out of it. In my town a lawn service is not a permitted use. I had to get a variance. Is there anybody out there who had to get a surveyor, planner, engineer, lawyer, consultant, or whatever in order to legalize "their new shop", or do you live in an area that just doesn't strictly enforce their own land use laws? How is this process different in other parts of the country?