Here in NJ, we pay the highest property taxes in the country. After this year's assessment I'm looking at $9000/year for my $350k home. It makes me want to cry. Our Brooklyn, NY home is easily worth twice that and we only pay about $2400/year. Needless to say, when we build something, fix something, improve something, or move something it remains a secret. If I got taxed for my chicken coop, I might have to pitch a major fit @Dragonfly: We just had a new 40 gallon water heater installed by our plumber-friend. After he was finished installing it and taking the old one away, I asked "do I need a permit for that?". He said, "yeah, do you want me to get one?". "Ummm, no." "Alright, I'll haul this away where no one will find it."