Posts Categorized: Building Codes

12/05 Tiny house friendly changes in IRC 2018

We are one step closer to having more lenient requirements for ceiling heights, lofts, and stairs in tiny houses that are on foundations. Voters in the International Code Council (ICC) passed the proposed appendix written by Andrew Morrison. Results still need to be certified and confirmed, but as long as that happens, the appendix will… Read more »

11/17 Pitt County, North Carolina Planning Board recommends changes in RV, tiny house rules

Pitt County’s Planning Board sent the Board of Commissioners two proposals that would increase who receives mailed public hearing notices and further define recreational vehicles and tiny homes… Staff recommended changing the zoning ordinance text on recreational vehicles and tiny houses because the state’s departments for insurance and public health recently provided some guidelines clarifying… Read more »

11/02 Tiny house living catches on in Central Florida: Homes on wheels built and inspected by local contractors

Robin Butler’s decades of building experience is going full circle from very large to extreme small or tiny as in tiny house. Butler is leading a local project based in Apopka inspecting tiny house projects that average about the size of a 8×24 living room but have all the comforts of home. “Once they’ve scaled… Read more »

10/14 Coconino County, Arizona invites the public to discuss draft of tiny house zoning & coding rules

Coconino County Community Development is hosting an open house on the draft permitting process for tiny houses on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The event is open to the public to learn about the draft policy and to provide feedback before it is finalized later this month. The open house will be at Willow Bend Environmental Education… Read more »

10/08 San Jose waives state building codes for tiny houses for the homeless

A newly signed law will allow San Jose to become the first California city to create tiny homes for the homeless by bypassing the state’s confining building codes. City housing officials and advocates for the homeless call the new legislation a “game-changer” in the fight to solve one of the Silicon Valley’s most intractable problems…. Read more »

Walsenburg, Colorado modifies building code to be tiny house friendly

Walsenburg, Colorado passed amendments to the 2015 IRC to be more tiny house friendly for homes on foundations. They waived minimum room areas and stairway regulations and reduced the requirement for exit door width: Walsenburg Colorado Ordinance No. 1092 Zoning regulations were made tiny house friendly in 2014: http://americantinyhouseassociation.org/tiny-houses-on-foundations-allowed-with-a-variance-in-walensburg-co/

08/17 State Official Warns Converting Shed to Tiny House is Illegal

The tiny house trend is booming across the country, but the illegal conversion of ready-removable shed structures into living spaces could mean big headaches for buyers. In an effort to protect consumers, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging Tennesseans to be aware of state laws governing ready-removable structures and not fall victim to… Read more »

Suggested changes to Virginia’s Uniform Statewide Building Code for tiny houses on foundations

Here are changes suggested by Thom Stanton to accommodate tiny houses on foundations in Virginia: Suggested Changes to the IRC by Thom Stanton, American Tiny House Association’s Virginia State Chapter Leader Thom defines a small house as being not more than 500 sq ft. and suggests these changes: Section R327, Small Houses Access to the… Read more »