Tiny house zoning regulations: What you need to know, States with flexible building codes or zoning regulations

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Despite the growing enthusiasm for tiny houses, it still isn’t easy to legally build them for full-time use. Zoning laws and building codes, by and large, require a minimum square footage for new-construction homes, and progress to reduce that square footage is slow.

“There are only a handful of cities across the country that directly address tiny houses,” says Alexis Stephens, the national coordinator for the Tiny House Association and the producer of Tiny House Expedition. Stephens is making a three-part documentary about living legally in a tiny home after she found that “there’s a lot of interest [in tiny living], but people are confused by the zoning codes and regulations, and feel intimidated to go to the city government.”


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  • Jennifer Lee

    I would love to live in one of your tiny homes in my retirement, but I only know of a few upscale tiny home communities. Have you any leads on perhaps a gated upscale community? I am checking into Wild Flowers near Ashville, NC. as a possibility. I now live in Washington, DC.

  • JoJoPB

    yeah tht sux that people cannoy buy a parcel of there own land with whatever building tiny or not to ba able to live peacefully on that land without our gobernmemt & theri silly zoning laws..terrble!

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