I'm very interested in cob building and would like to build my own house eventually. I'm heavily considering purchasing land in Florida in the near future, but can't seem to find much precedence for cob houses in the southern US (BarefootBuilder has built a cob pottery studio in Pensacola, FL. I'm contacting Christina to find out more). I don't doubt that built right, cob can withstand Florida's climate. I assume the reason there are so few cob houses in the South is due to the difficulty of obtaining building permits.
I've been trying to research Florida building permit codes, but it's all very complicated. I've that many areas in the US allow buildings below a certain size to be exempt from needing a permit. Does anyone know if this is true of FL, or perhaps just specific areas of the state? Does anyone have any more information about cob buildings (permit-approved or not) in FL?