Category Archives: Wyoming

01/27 Tiny home camper raises big stink

Tristan Clegg, a second-generation snowboard instructor, planned on spending the winter in his tiny home parked in a host’s driveway. After a neighbor complained to the town he was told he could not inhabit the home while parked in a driveway.

Tristan Clegg, a second-generation snowboard instructor, planned on spending the winter in his tiny home parked in a host’s driveway. After a neighbor complained to the town he was told he could not inhabit the home while parked in a driveway.


Seasonal worker Tristan Clegg got to spend just a week in a tiny home he built for himself before a neighbor’s complaints forced him out and onto the couches of friends.

Living in an RV is against the town of Jackson’s building code, a letter informed the woman who had offered to let him park in east Jackson.
His predicament has raised the question of whether workforce housing scarcity requires creative solutions like tiny homes or RV pads at residences, and how to manage them if they are allowed…

There’s a reason RV living in driveways is prohibited, town of Jackson Planner Paul Anthony said.

“The building code requires anything for permanent habitation has to have a shelter that is designed for permanent habitation,” Anthony said. “Recreational vehicles are not. We understand that people can make do with almost anything, but they’re not designed for that.”

Read more – http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/town_county/tiny-home-camper-raises-big-stink/article_ca921f52-9454-5d13-91f9-2637e051d597.html

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.