Zoning regulations are highly specific to your lot, city, county and state. The info listed here is just to get you started in your research. For the official word regarding what is allowed, please contact your local planning & zoning department.
Counties and Towns that Allow Tiny Houses on Private Land
The following places have zoning that allows tiny houses on foundations on their own land.
1) Many places allow tiny houses as backyard cottages (also called accessory dwelling units or ADUs) where an existing larger home already exists. This list shows where you can build a tiny house without having to be in someone’s backyard.
2) City codes may differ from (and be stricter than) county codes. And, there may be minimum size restrictions imposed by a Homeowners Association (HOA), if the lot is in a development. Always check with your local zoning department.
3) Be aware that you must still meet local building code.
4) This is not an exhaustive list – there are surely more.
- Arizona: Pima county
- Colorado: Walsenburg
- Idaho counties: Canyon, Rupert, Twin Falls
- Florida counties: Hillsborough, Jefferson, Sarasota
- Georgia: UNincorporated areas of Wilkinson county
- Kentucky: Pulaksi county
- Maine: Pownal
- Michigan: Briley Township (allows tiny houses of between 240 and 500 sq ft) and Kalamazoo
- Nebraska: Lincoln
- New Hampshire counties: Grafton, Warren
- New Mexico: Albuquerque
- New York: Newfield
- North Carolina: Union Mills and Wilmington
- Ohio: Dayton
- Oklahoma: UNincorporated areas of Logan county
- Oregon: Ashland
- Pennsylvania: Philadelphia
- Tennessee: Dandridge
- Texas: Spur – In northwest Texas, the tiny town of Spur became the first “tiny house friendly” town in America, with no minimum size requirement for homes on foundations. Tiny houses on wheels are welcome within city limits if the wheels are removed and the house is tied down. If outside city limits, tiny houses may keep their wheels.
<!–Read about one man’s tiny house (Note: he has deleted his post) journey to Spur
- Utah: Washington county
These places allow living in a tiny house on wheels either in a backyard or on your own land:
- California: Several counties in California allow a tiny house on wheels in a backyard if it is a caregiver cottage.
- Fresno, CA allows a tiny house on wheels in a backyard without requiring it to be a caregiver cottage.
- Kentucky: Pulaksi county allows a tiny house on wheels on your own land.
- Maine: North Yarmouth and Richmond allow a tiny house on wheels on your own land.
- Massachusetts: Nantucket voters approved tiny houses on wheels on private property. Tiny houses must conform to building code, except that they may be on trailers. The article is waiting for review by the Attorney General.
- Oklahoma: UNincorporated areas of Logan County allow a tiny house on wheels on your own land.
- South Carolina: Aiken County allows tiny houses on wheels on their own land. The lot must be at least 2 acres and 50 feet from a public road.
- Texas: As mentioned on the left, Spur, TX allows tiny houses on wheels on their own land outside city limits.
Note: If you’re having trouble finding a legal place to put a tiny house, you may want to consider buying an older, small home. There are many across the USA. Here’s how to find them.
Zoning by State:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia