Homesteading in Indiana

Homesteading in Indiana – here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.


Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $6,950


Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!

Pros:  Freedom, personal knowledge, resources, climate, laws

Cons: Snow, population of people

John, 3 acres


Pros: I feel like there’s only a few good things one is not being near either coast land is fairly affordable close to anything you could need

Cons: The extremely humid summers but that may just be in the Ohio river valley where I am people are not as friendly as you would expect

David, 7 acres



10 thoughts on “Homesteading in Indiana

  • April 2, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Indiana is kind of a mixed bag. We have decent right to farm laws as long as you stay away from the big cities and anything with an HOA. Some counties have no zoning at all, while others (usually near the university’s) have strict zoning. Our homeschool laws are among the loosest in the country, some people will move here just for the homeschool laws. We do get snow, some years a lot, some years just a dusting. We normally get plenty of rain for crops but occasionally have to water in dry years. We usually have about a week of 100 degree temps in the summer. Also, the off grid laws are fairly LAX. I know from personal experience that CPS will not remove a child due to no electricity or running water as long as you have water available and food and the children are kept warm. (No I’m not offgrid and this wasn’t my children but the situation did come up in my extended family). You can usually find small parcels of land on contract if your credit is not good. That’s about all I can think of now, good luck!

  • June 22, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Indiana has an unusual law that might make it attractive to homesteaders. It’s affectionately known as the “Indiana Log Cabin Rule” but applies whether or not it is really a log cabin in question. The bottom line is, if you build your home with your own two hands, you can do so without a building permit.

    See and google for details.

    I’m not a lawyer … but someone considering building in Indiana might find this interesting.

    • January 4, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Actually the law wont support this Log Cabin Rule anymore. It is there but homesteaders are jailed and penalized when failing to apply for building permits and inspections.

      • January 17, 2018 at 8:44 pm

        Can you give an example of case law showing that Log Cabin Rule isn’t still law? It’s still very much “on the books” in the state.

      • June 5, 2018 at 2:55 pm

        You have to apply for the log cabin build. If you follow the rules it is still in affect.

  • July 31, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I have run into many sites publishing homes built by mud and soil, and I do want to know if this is legal in Indiana?

  • October 15, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Should be legal under IC 13-18-12-9

    Not sure I would do so…

  • October 25, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Does anyone know of any parcels of land that are available to homestead in the great Hooiser state…. Thanks friends,

  • November 2, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    How can we find out which cities or counties are best for homesteading in Indiana? I’d like to buy some land and build my own home, but I’m not sure where is best.

  • December 27, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    I am trying to find a county that is super lax about the offgrid homesteading. I want to be able to use a composting toilet and all that good stuff to be completely off the grid. Just need some helps finding counties where they allow it. Thanks


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