Category Archives: Arkansas

Building code map

Handy map of the US. Just click on your state (in the link, not on the picture) to see which building codes are in effect:

International Code Council Map

International Code Council map

Walnut Ridge, Arkansas sets minimum size at 600 sq ft

June 22, 2015 – WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (AP) – Leaders of a northeast Arkansas city have made it harder for residents to build tiny houses.

The Jonesboro Sun reports aldermen voted last week to restrict construction of homes less than 600 square feet. City officials who mulled the change for months say the houses are a fire hazard and can reduce adjacent property values.

Full story here –

Lawrence County, AR becomes more tiny house UN-friendly

Arkansas ADDS minimum size restrictions to an area that previously had none – “I’m not against tiny houses,” Alderman Jon Walter said. “I’m against having them in a residential area next to large or average-size houses.” Alderman Wendell Jones said it could certainly depreciate the value of some homes to have tiny houses constructed in their area.

The regulations would apply to property within the city limits of Walnut Ridge.

Update 5/27:

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Walnut Ridge, AR: Tiny house UNFRIENDLY Town

4/24/2015 KAIT News – A Region 8 city is hoping to pass an ordinance that would ban “tiny houses.”

Walnut Ridge has an ordinance before the city council requiring all residential homes to be at least 600 square feet.

The planning and zoning committee began looking at the city plans 2 years ago. 

The idea stemmed from the desire to improve the quality of life along with resale value of homes.

Walnut Ridge Fire Chief Frank Owens said it’s also linked to growth coming to the area.

“With the addition with the new factory coming, the Peco plant coming to Randolph County, we are expecting several residential structures to be built in our city this year,” Owens said.

They believe banning tiny houses, homes smaller than 600 square feet, will also improve the landscape and beautify the residential area around Walnut Ridge.

The ordinance must go before the city council 2 more times before it can become law.

Park Model RV Regulations, State-by-State

The RVIA has provided a table showing regulations by state for park model RVs

What is a park model? 

Below is a description from the RVIA:

On July 1, 2012, RVIA created a new membership category for manufacturers of park model RVs (PMRVs). A park model RV (also known as a recreational park trailer) is a trailer-type RV that is designed to provide temporary accommodation for recreation, camping or seasonal use. PMRVs are built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels and have a gross trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the set -up mode. They are certified by their manufacturers as complying with the ANSI A119.5 standard for recreational park trailers.

PMRVs are most often used in recreational vehicle campgrounds. They may be owned by the campground and rented to guests, or they may be brought in and used exclusively by their owners on a site rented or leased from the campground. They can also be placed by their owners on private property. These RVs are used for recreational purposes only. They are not meant to be permanently affixed to the property, they do not improve property values in any way, and they are neither designed nor intended by their manufacturers to be used as permanent residences.

Two different types of park model RVs are offered. One type is less than 8′ 6″ in width and is designed for frequent travel on the highways while the other and more popular type is wider than 8′ 6″ (usually 12′ in width), and must be transported with special movement permit. The 8′ 6″ unit typically is expandable when it reaches its destination utilizing slide-outs or tip-outs. The wider units, being less mobile, are usually sited in a resort or RV park location for an extended term, typically several years. Park model RVs are titled as vehicles by the various states. This is because PMRVs are built on permanent chassis such that they can be and are moved either within a campground or between campgrounds.

Free Online Zoning Codes

Here are two sources of online codes:

  • Municodes from the Nation’s leading legal publisher.
  • The American Legal Publishing Company provides a free online library of state and municipal codes for most locations. Click on the map to go to the library and chose your state and city. Then search or scroll for descriptions of minimum lot sizes, setback rules, etc.

    American Legal Publishing Compay online library

    American Legal Publshing Company online library

    Information is available for all states except these 13: AL, CO, ID, KS, LA, MO, MS, ND, NV, UT, VT, WA, WY.