Jperkinson are you really so dense? There goal of building codes is not to limit your rights but to protect the rights[and property] of others. Just a quick story. In our little village the village council ordered a particular tree on our street to be removed. I don't recall if the village payed for the removal completely or not, but I do know that there was some form of compensation. The village ordered this not to show how they could push citizens around but because the tree was a hazard to others. Not only has the tree taken down the power lines countless times in storms[branches and all that]; in just a small wind a large branch broke off and smashed a neighbors car. After the tree was removed it was revealed, as the council thought, that the tree was rotten to the point that it was hollow inside. The next big storm could have toppled the tree right on top of someone's house. The same thing is with building codes. If your house is poorly wired it could catch fire. If it catches fire you ARE not the only one that is going to pay for it by all likelihood. This is how a government has to work. You[nor anyone else] has any right to harm another person. The government is there to make sure you[and no one else] harms other people. The only realistic way for the government to do this is to try and regulate such things that could harm others[after all, we all know how well flat bans work...].