Category Archives: South Carolina

09/20 Aiken, SC now allows tiny houses on wheels on their own land

Aiken County Administrator Brian Sanders

Aiken County Administrator Brian Sanders

Aiken County Council passed on third and final reading Tuesday night an ordinance involving tiny homes, which conditionally allows those not built on site in certain County zoning districts.

The small dwellings, classified by the state of South Carolina as RVs, drew a large crowd during a July public hearing, but the measure Tuesday was met with little discussion or opposition by Council at its regularly-scheduled meeting. The ordinance passed 8-1, with Council member Willar Hightower opposed.

The ordinance makes campgrounds and RV parks allowed wherever mobile homes are also allowed, though the new zoning districts are limited to a single camp site on a minimum of 2 acres and certain conditions must be met.

Hightower voted against the ordinance, saying he believes 2 acres for a tiny home “is a bit much.”

Read more – http://www.aikenstandard.com/20160920/160929930/aiken-county-council-oks-tiny-homes-peddlers-ordinances

Aiken County, SC set to allow tiny houses on wheels on their own land

tiny house in Aiken County, SC

tiny house in Aiken County, SC. Photo by WFXG

Folks living in tiny homes are a step closer to permanent residence.

Tuesday, the Aiken County Council moved forward with a reading that would allow tiny homes to stay in the county.

Tuesday’s reading was the second passed in the Aiken County Council without any objections, but there is still another reading to go through at the next council meeting to make it official.

About half a dozen tiny home owners were at the council meeting Tuesday, hoping they wouldn’t have to start making plans to move.

Under the current proposal that was passed unanimously, they will be able to stay.

The rules are that they must have two acres of property, 50 feet between a public road and it would only be one home on that property.

Originally, the people against the tiny homes were worried they would bring down property value. It seems this wording on the ordinance seem to quell those concerns. There was no objection at the meeting.

“I mean how many RV parks do we want in Aiken County? I get that, it’s not something we would want either
but the fact that it’s a single campsite, there’s only one tiny house on the property. I think that’s doable for everybody,” said tiny home owner Kimberly Camplatarro.

The final vote and ending to this is scheduled for the next county council meeting that’s just over a month from today on September 20.

Source – http://www.live5news.com/story/32775713/tiny-homes-one-step-closer-to-staying-in-aiken

09/02 Horry County, SC plans to restrict storage container homes & tiny houses to planned developments

storage container home

storage container home

She says the county is in the process of developing regulations to allow shipping container homes and tiny houses as well as protect the public.

“You don’t want them just cropping up on vacant lots across the county. They could be an eye sore or be a problem with regard to property values,” said Carter.

Council approved first reading to limit these homes to planned development districts.

Carter says an adhoc committee will be created to look further into these homes.

“Protect the residents of the county while we find something better,” she said.

Read more – http://wbtw.com/2015/09/02/horry-county-looks-to-regulate-storage-container-homes/

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: http://www.iccsafe.org/about-icc/overview/international-code-adoptions/

International Code Council Map

International Code Council map

Park Model RV Regulations, State-by-State

The RVIA has provided a table showing regulations by state for park model RVs
http://www.rvia.org/UniPop.cfm?v=2&OID=3531&CC=7616

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.