We were denied a builders permit in 2015. So we decided to get electric at property for camping. We went and talked with the Commissioner. We also needed a physical address for the electric company. The Commissioner told us we couldn't have an address without a builders permit. He finally told my husband &I to just go ahead and build a small home and not to draw attention to us. We got a letter 3 weeks ago saying we have to leave our house. This came from the Planning Commissioner. He is denying ever saying to build. We need help or we will have to tear our house down.
Unfortunately, the Commissioner cannot legally tell you to build a house in violation of the law. You need to talk to an attorney in your area who practices in property law to get definitive advice.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
Why are you being denied a building permit? That would be nice to know.
Let's assume you could prove he told you to build a small home. Then what? Are you at liberty to build a new building without a building permit? No/Probably not. Building Commissioners come and go. The law changes from time to time, but the requirement to obtain a permit to build a new building is generally constant. You were denied a building permit in 2015 and then you say you needed a permit to obtain an address to run electricity to the property. In some jurisdictions an electrical permit is required to establish electrical service. My point is, there were probably work around's to get you electricity at the site for camping. But building a new building without a permit is probably going to be at your risk I'm afraid unless you can go back through the process and obtain one now and get the work that's been done approved. Certainly you are on their radar now and have their full attention.
Demolition generally requires a permit too...
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline