In July 2014, in northwest Texas, the tiny town of Spur became the first “tiny house friendly” town in America, with no minimum size requirement for homes on foundations. Tiny houses on wheels are welcome if the wheels are removed and the house is tied down.
Rockledge, Florida has changed its zoning laws making this town very tiny friendly.
Today, both tiny houses on wheels and foundation are legal inside the city limits within two zoning districts that include community use. The Rockledge Tiny House Community will be a Pocket Neighborhood with homes ranging 150 to 700 square feet around shared park space.
Nantucket, MA voters approve tiny houses on wheels on private property.
Voters approved by voice vote Isaiah Stover’s citizen’s petition to allow “tiny houses” in most residential zoning districts on the island. The new dwellings will be subject to all applicable building, zoning and regulatory requirements of their zoning districts, but built on trailers for ease of movement around the island. Title of the structure will also remain with the owner of the building, not the land on which it rests.
Last year, the Walsenburg, Colorado, city council eliminated a zoning code prohibiting buildings smaller than 600 square feet in order to make room for tiny homes.
Tiny houses are increasing in popularity as a housing option across the country. This issue brief provides a general overview of the various legal obstacles sometimes faced by individuals who want to own and live in a tiny house in Colorado. It also provides several examples of local and state actions to address the planning needs for tiny houses.
House Bill 2737
Requires Director of Department of Consumer and Business Services to adopt construction standards for homes that have floor area of not more than 600 square feet.
The purpose of this paper is to provide background information for regulators on tiny and other very small houses, to explore how they do or do not fit into Canada's regulatory context and to make recommendations to ensure minimum acceptable levels of performance without creating barriers to affordable housing. The paper addresses: ...