Navigating Around the Roadblocks to Ownership
Last month we discussed a few of the roadblocks to owning and living in your tiny house. If you haven’t seen that blog, take a few minutes to go back and read it.
If you are planning on traveling with your tiny house on wheels, you won’t have to worry about zoning or building codes. You just need to find someplace to park it. You can choose to pay to stay at a campground or RV park, or you can stay on a friend or family member’s property. Some states prohibit living in one full-time, but that rule is usually only reinforced if your neighbors are complaining. (https://bit.ly/2D2A96p)
However, some states do allow Accessory Dwelling Units to be built and used. These are tiny houses built on foundations, with a secondary residential dwelling located on a single-family lot. In other words, a tiny house is acceptable if there is another, larger (standard sized) house, that meets the zoning and building codes, on the same lot.
A citizen is able to apply for a variance through the local planning commission to build outside the existing codes. Some states are more progressive than others, so if you’re thinking of moving look into these places: California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon & Texas.
There is momentum behind the Tiny House Movement to permanently change the zoning regulations. Tiny house advocates are currently pushing to include a tiny house code in the IRC that would become a model code for all tiny houses used as a primary residence within the United States. Code would ensure that safety regulations are created and met by all tiny house builds.
Ownership of a tiny house may be tricky right now, but it isn’t impossible, and we want to help you accomplish your goal of living in one. Contact Us with your questions and we’ll see how we can help!