Public Comment Stage: Wa. State Appendix Q

Public Comment Stage: Wa. State Appendix Q

Public Testimony Period For Proposed Changes Of Appendix Q Open Until Sept. 27th, 2019

 

Written By Janet Thome

On July 31st, 2019 the Washington State Building Code Council had a TAG meeting that was open to the public. The subject for discussion was IRC Appendix Q, Tiny Houses Sleeping Lofts. The building code council presented an amended version of Appendix Q. It was announced in the meeting that the public would be allowed to comment both in person and through written testimonies.

Senate House Bill ESSB 5383 mandated that the building code council adopt building codes specific for tiny homes by Dec 31st, 2019.

Washington State Defined Tiny Homes In Section Five Of ESSB 5383

“Tiny house” and “tiny house with wheels” means a dwelling to be used as permanent housing with permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation built in accordance with the state building code.

 Public testimony period for proposed changes of Appendix Q open until Sept. 27th, 2019.

 

Oral Testimonies

Spokane Valley: Sept 13th, 2019 and Olympia : Sept 27th, 2019

Written Testimonies

Go to the SBCC website and click Here. Scroll down and click on the 2018 International Residential Code to view the CR-102 – locations for public meetings are also in CR-1-102.

Senate House Bill ESSB 5383 Tiny Houses.

Effective July 28th, 2019

Section One: Appendix Q Can Provide A Basis For The Standards Requested In The Act

The legislature recognizes that the International Code Council in 2018 has issued tiny house building code standards in Appendix Q of the International Residential Code, which can provide a basis for the standards requested within this act.

Section Six: By December 31st, 2019 Adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses

Sec. 6. RCW 19.27.035 and 2018 c 207 s 2 are each amended to read as follows: The building code council shall:

(1) ( A )   By July 1, 2019, adopt a revised process for the review of proposed statewide amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW ; 19.27.031 and ;

(B) Adopt a process for the review of proposed or enacted local amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 as amended and adopted by the state building code council.

(2) By December 31st, 2019 Adopt Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses

Amended Version Of Appendix Q And Minutes From July 31st, 2019

The TAG reviewed the attached proposal. This proposal was approved by the SBCC to solicit public testimony through the State’s Rulemaking process (CR-102). The TAG felt this proposal adequately addressed ESSB 5383 and no further action by the TAG was necessary. There were no dissenting votes.

 At This Time  Moveable Tiny Homes Have Not Been Addressed By The Tag Team

Approval Process

The approval process for a tiny home depends on where it is built

Tiny Homes: From Washington State Labor And Industries

A tiny home is a dwelling that may be built on wheels and is no larger than 400 square feet, including a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping/living area, and must be built to the Washington State Building Code. The approval process for a tiny home depends on where it’s built.

On this page, you can determine whether you need approval of construction plans and inspections from L&I or the local building department where the home is being built.

  • IF you are building a tiny home on the site where it will be occupied and used, then you do not need to read any further: Contact your local building department . You may also need an L&I electrical inspection.
  • IF you’re building a structure with wheels, that’s not a tiny home as described above, then you may be building a recreational vehicle or park model. L&I inspects and regulates these units. You will need to contact your local building department to find out where it can be located or placed.
  • IF you’re purchasing a manufactured home of any size, including a tiny manufactured home, then you will need to contact your local building department to find out where it can be located.
  • IF you’re building a tiny home somewhere OTHER than where it will be occupied and used, then move on to “building a tiny home” below.

Building A Tiny Home Offsite

L&I is the building department for the construction of tiny homes that are built at OFFSITE locations, such as a factory or even a back yard. L&I reviews plans and inspections for tiny homes built offsite from where they will be placed.

Building A Tiny Home Offsite

Washington Labor And Industries

L&I frequently receives inquiries regarding the rules and requirements for “tiny homes”. In Washington State “tiny homes” must meet the State Building Code requirements (RCW 19.27.031). Other types of units such as Park Model RVs (PMRV), Recreational Vehicles (RV) and HUD Manufactured Homes are not tiny homes even though people may be living in them.

Please note that while L&I inspects and labels several of these types of structures, or units; cities and counties are responsible for regulating how all structures, or units, including, RV’s, PMRV’s modular buildings and manufactured homes can be used within their jurisdictions.

If you have questions about using an RV, PMRV, modular building or manufactured home to live in, please contact your local building department first. L&I can only approve the construction of RV’s, PMRV’s and modular buildings, not how they are used or where they can be located.

Labor And Industries Tiny Home Hand Out

Photo Credit: American Tiny House

Washington State Tiny Home News

Washington State Tiny Home News

City staff, fire chief ask council to abandon allowing RVs as full-time homes on Bainbridge Sept. 10th, 2019

The Bainbridge city council is considering a change in its development rules that would allow recreational vehicles, or RVs, to be used as permanent, year-round homes.But while the move is meant to help alleviate the affordable housing crunch on the island, other public officials are raising safety concerns about the proposal, and warn it won’t be a quick fix to the lack of lower-cost housing on the island.

Article Source Bainbridge Island Review

Tiny home village coming to Port Orchard Sept. 10th, 2019

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. — Kitsap County leaders are hoping a tiny home village in Port Orchard will lead to some big changes when it comes to homelessness in the area.

We’ve told you about tiny home communities popping up across western Washington before, and now there plans in the works to bring one to Port Orchard.

Article Source 13 FOX TV

City of Seattle extends leases for several ‘tiny house’ villages Sept 8th, 2019

The City of Seattle has announced an extension of permits for several ‘tiny house’ villages to operate on city property.

Tiny house villages were created as part of the city’s efforts to create enhanced shelters for homeless populations. Tiny houses replace tents and provide insulated, wooden sleeping structures. These villages have full-time case managers, running water and expanded kitchens.

Article Source K5News

Elizabeth Campbell fighting legislation to allow more tiny house villages around Seattle Sept 5th, 2019

Elizabeth Campbell is challenging a suite of land-use code amendments that would ease restrictions on tiny house villages and allow for their construction citywide.

The Magnolia resident is challenging the adequacy of a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance, arguing that the city failed to properly assess the impacts of allowing tiny house villages — or transitional encampments — in all parts of the city.

Article Source Queen Anne And Magnolia News

Public Comment Stage: Appendix Q Washington State August 30th, 2019

On July 31st, 2019 the Washington State Building Code Council had a TAG meeting that was open to the public. The subject for discussion was IRC Appendix Q, Tiny Houses Sleeping Lofts. The building code council presented an amended version of Appendix Q. It was announced in the meeting that the public would be allowed to comment both in person and through written testimonies.

Senate House Bill ESSB 5383 mandated that the building code council adopt building codes specific for tiny homes by Dec 31st, 2019.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

Tiny Homes Could Help Solve Region’s Ever-Growing Need for Affordable Housing August 30th, 2019

Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, led the charge in passing Senate Bill 5383, Barkis said, which recently went into effect. 

The bill allows cities and counties to permit tiny house villages and recognizes the use of tiny houses as a primary residence within mobile home communities. 

Article Source Nisqually News

Longview mobile home co-op a model for saving low-income housing August 7th, 2019

The co-op bought the park in February for $1.2 million, financed by loans from the Washington Community Reinvestment Association and Washington State Housing Finance Commission. ROC Northwest searches for manufactured housing parks up for sale and works with residents to create a co-op and secure financing, said Miles Nowlin, cooperative development specialist.

Article Source The Columbian 

Land-use code amendments could come before Seattle City Council this fall August 7th, 2019

The District 3 councilmember has proposed legislation that would allow up to 40 of the transitional encampments to be permitted in Seattle. It also would allow tiny house villages on all publicly owned and private property in the city on an interim basis, remove land-use permitting requirements for religious organizations to host the encampments and ease site requirements citywide.

Article Source Madison Park Times

Tiny home vs county: Effort to help homeless runs afoul of regulations August 7th, 2019

Blake has been renting Soderberg’s RV space since March. Before that, he was homeless for three months. Having the opportunity to live in a tiny house has helped him get his life back on track.

Article Source MYNorthwest

Can tiny houses help solve affordability crisis? A student who’s building one thinks so August 2nd, 2019

“I wanted the security of owning my own house, but this day and age, (for) my generation, owning a house isn’t really realistic,” she said.

Arriving at the property where she currently lives, which Tyrnauer calls an eco-village, she gives a quick tour, pointing out the chicken coop and vegetable garden. Residents collaborate on property chores and occasionally cook together.

Sections have been set up as campsites, rented out on Hipcamp, a site like Airbnb which matches property owners with people wishing to camp.

Article Source News Tribune

Will Washington State Adopt Appendix Q? ESSB 5383 Public Meeting July 31st, 2018

After reviewing ESSB 5383 and also speaking to Richard Brown, the Managing Director of the Washington State Building Code Council, he has been confirmed that Appendix Q has not been adopted. There is still a chance that it will be adopted, but it has been heavily amended. July 31st, 2019 is the launch of adopting Building Code Standards Specific For Tiny Houses and adopting Appendix Q as it has been amended.

Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL 5383 : Effective July 28th, 2019

Section One: Appendix Q Can Provide A Basis For The Standards

The legislature recognizes that the International Code Council in 2018 has issued tiny house building code standards in Appendix Q of the International Residential Code, which can provide a basis for the standards requested within this act.

Section Six

The building code council shall: Adopt Building Code Standards For Tiny Houses

(1)(a) By July 1, 2019, adopt a revised process for the review of proposed statewide amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW919.27.031;

(b) Adopt a process for the review of proposed or enacted local amendments to the codes enumerated in RCW 19.27.031 as amended and adopted by the state building code council.

(2) By December 31, 2019, adopt building code standards specific  for tiny houses.

Article Source LegalWa.Gov

House Bill Report ESSB 5383

From Olympia to Bellingham: Tiny home villages offer a path toward permanent housing June 26th, 2019

Nichols only wishes people opposed to the villages could hear and see the kindness that pours from the people who inhabit the tiny homes. In one story she shared, a woman she came to know had been homeless for 10 years until she was finally placed in a tiny dwelling. It wasn’t too long later that a mother approached the gates at the tiny home village one evening with her four small children.

The mother pleaded with those at the village, “ We don’t have a place to be. We need a home.”

The chronically homeless woman, the one who was given a safe spot to sleep, offered to again move out so the mother and her children could have a place to sleep.

Article Source Snoqualmie Record

Snohomish County center to offer trade apprenticeships to high schoolers April 20th, 2019

Students who are accepted into the program spend half their day at the center building a set of skills they can apply in the trade field after school. The program is open to students at 14 school districts.

In the construction program, students are building tiny homes for the homeless with the Low Income Housing Institute, which provided the materials.

Article Source KBC News

Tiny house communities bill passes Legislature  April 12th, 2019

Article Source AWC Association of Washington Cities

Plum Street Tiny Home Village : Community Wide Effort to Help the Homeless February 19th, 2019

The tiny house village opened in February 2019, offering 29 shelters to homeless individuals previously living in tents downtown. “Once the village opened, there was an immediate impact on the downtown homeless population,” says Colin DeForrest, Homeless Response Coordinator for the City of Olympia.

Article Source Thurston Talk

Anacortes code update could pave way for new housing July 24th, 2019

A new concept called cottage housing, a cluster of four to 12 single-family homes around a common space, will be allowed in all residential zones.

Article Source GoAnacortes

As Seattle cracks down on McMansions, a question lingers: Are huge homes morally wrong? July 7th, 2019

At the same time, Seattle is allowing more people to build more spacious backyard cottages, either for rentals or for family members to use, providing more modestly priced housing for people who can’t afford McMortgages.

Article Source Deseret News

What new backyard cottage legislation means for Seattle homeowners July 18th, 2019

The old rules required homeowners in single-family zones to live onsite, preventing DADUs from being built on rental properties and making it impossible for homeowners to move out and keep their home and ADU as two rental properties.

They also required an off-street parking spot for each ADU so homeowners sans off-street parking could not rent out ADUs. Neither of these rules apply anymore. Size restrictions have also been eased to allow larger, taller DADUs.

Article Source The Seattle Times

Facing Homelessness-a local nonprofit behind The Block Project, finds a new avenue for its advocacy July 11th, 2019

Facing Homelessness—which started as a Facebook page aimed at humanizing Seattle’s thousands of homeless residents by telling some of their stories, and expanded to include the BLOCK Project.

Article Source Seattle Mag

Kitsap Homes of Compassion targets local affordable housing July 8th, 2019

Kitsap Homes of Compassion (KHOC) is a nonprofit with the goal of ending homelessness in Kitsap County by creating affordable long-term housing solutions through the use of shared, leased homes.

Article Source Kitsap Daily News

Public Meeting Coming On Church’s Plan To Open Tiny home Village July 8th, 2019

An Olympia church that wants to house people in tiny homes on its property will hold a public meeting on its plan later this month.

In May, Westminster Presbyterian Church on Boulevard Road Southeast announced plans to offer homeless people transitional housing. Up to 10 people would live in eight 8-foot-by-12-foot structures and share a kitchen in the southwest corner of the church property, according to plans submitted to the city of Olympia.

The meeting on the plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 24 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1925 Boulevard Road SE.

Meanwhile, the city has committed $100,000 to support tiny homes and shelters hosted by churches and nonprofits. At Westminster, the Low Income Housing Institute, which runs a city-owned tiny home village near Plum Street Southwest, would provide case management under a contract with the city.

Westminster’s proposal is the first to come out of a group of faith-based organizations that has been working since last fall on ways to address homelessness.

Article Source The Olympian

Seattle Says Yes to the Best Rules in America for Backyard Cottages July 1st, 2019

Seattle City Council took a big step Monday toward creating a more sustainable city, voting unanimously to enact legislation that will make it easier for homeowners to build in-law suites, garage apartments, and backyard cottages—modest homes the wonks call accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

Article Source Sightline Institute

From Olympia to Bellingham: Tiny home villages offer a path toward permanent housing June 29th, 2019

The idea has become more common — in 2018 a group of 20 local Mercer Island volunteers built two tiny houses on the lawn of Mercer Island Presbyterian Church near Island Crest Way, and in 2019 the Mercer Island United Methodist Church followed with its own tiny home project. Tiny houses have been built and placed in villages emerging up and down Interstate 5. As a result, advocates say tiny house residents have found a path to not only permanent housing but toward reclaiming a sense of dignity.

Article Source Mercer Island Reporter

For some homeless, ‘a place to call home’ will be in these tiny homes in Bellingham June 24th, 2019

A nonprofit that operates a homeless tent encampment in Bellingham is replacing its tents with tiny homes.

Known as Safe Haven, the encampment is in part of the What-Comm Dispatch Center’s parking lot at 620 Alabama St. in the Sunnyland neighborhood. It’s been on the city-owned land since April 4 and will be there through this summer.

Article Source The Bellingham Herald

Mediator may be brought in to help with tiny home dispute June 24th, 2019

A mediator may soon play a role in the outcome of a dispute involving residents at the Othello Village who are on “strike” over who should run their tiny house village in Seattle’s Rainier Valley.

One small step for tiny houses could soften Puget Sound affordability crunch June 1st, 2019

Under Senate Bill 5383, Washington cities and counties now have more flexibility to authorize tiny house developments. Local governments are prohibited from adopting ordinances that would ban tiny houses from being used as primary residences in a manufactured/ mobile home community. And landlord-tenant law protections apply to residents of tiny house projects.

Article Source KOMO News

Governor Jay Inslee legalizes Tiny Houses and Tiny Houses with Wheels May 9th, 2019

Tiny House Law: Washington State

An  act relation  to tiny houses; amending RCW 58.17.040,135.21.684, 43.22.450, 19.27.035, and 35.21.278; adding a new section2to chapter 35.21 RCW; and creating a new section

Tiny Home Notion: Legislators, advocates for affordable housing see benefits of growing market

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, and passed by both the House and Senate, has been sent to the governor’s office.

“We are waiting for Gov. Inslee to sign off on it any day now,” said Todd McKellips, executive director of the Washington Tiny House Association, a nonprofit organization that advocates for tiny house legalization.

Tiny House Law: Washington State

Article Source The Spokesman- Review

Washington Just Advanced the Nation’s Best ADU Reform. Here’s Why It’ll Help February 28th, 2019

Granny flats and backyard cottages keep families together, save old homes, and let seniors age in place.

It’s a new life that lets multi-generational families live together, seniors age in place, and owners on fixed incomes stay in their homes. Tucked into or alongside existing houses, these small homes—collectively termed accessory dwelling units (ADUs)—can meet evolving household needs and help families of all kinds find greater housing security.

Article Source Sightline Institute

Legislature Paves the Way for Tiny Houses

Directs adoption of building code standards for tiny houses May 2nd, 2019

In 2018, the International Code Council issued tiny house building standards in Appendix Q of the International Residential Code (IRC). ESSB 5383 directs the State Building Council to adopt standards specific to tiny houses by December 31, 2019. The legislature expects the newly-issued IRC guidance to become the basis for these standards. Local governments, in turn, can amend their building codes to include these new provisions.

Also, just last year the state legislature passed a bill authorizing local governments to adopt regulations eliminating any minimum gross floor area requirements for single-family dwellings (See HB 1085).

Includes prefabricated tiny houses in definition of factory-built housing

The bill expands the definition of factory-built housing in RCW 43.22.450 to include tiny houses and tiny houses with wheels, thereby incorporating prefabricated tiny houses into the L&I certification process for factory-built housing.

Creates a regulatory pathway for permitting tiny house communities May 14th, 2019

Currently RCW 58.17.040(5) allows the use of a binding site plan:

Article Source MRSC

The Block Project: Seattle Backyards Needed June 8th, 2019

The Block Project and Rex Hohlbein, the founder of Facing Homelessness is on a mission to end homelessness one tiny home at a time. More backyards needs. Can you Say Yes In My Backyard.

Facing Homelessness connects a name, their face and tells the story of each person, without judgement. Rex shares their hopes and dreams and immediate needs and so gently asks for a tent, a camera, a hotel stay, a dentist, paint supplies or whatever the person is in need of. I read every story, donate when I can, share and always cry at the beauty of the real humanity that I know we are.

Rex Is Teaching Us To Say Hello And  Not Look Away

Through its integrated design, this project will not only offer opportunities for healing and advancement to those formerly living on the fringes of society, but it will also bring connection, relationship, and compassion to the center of our lives and communities.

Do You Ever Say Someone Needs To Do Something And Realize That Someone Is You?

Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

Soap Lake, Wa Has Become Very Tiny Home Friendly July 24th, 2019

In 2016, the city council of Soap Lake, Wa. adopted chapter 17.25 into the Soap Lake Municipal Code to encourage single units and clusters of tiny homes on city lots in Soap Lake. The minimum requirement is 200 square feet and the maximum requirement is 1000 square feet. At this time, wheels need to be taken off, but they are very open to changes and willing to have an open conversation to make it work for everyone.

Note: Updated on May 29th, 2019: The requirement  for having the wheels removed will be amended because of the law the governor signed., Senate Bill 53883  Click Here.

Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

Tiny Home Fire: No Insurance June 13th, 2019

Propane Refrigerator Caught On Fire

In June the family installed a propane refrigerator to provide fresh food in their recent off grid lifestyle. The first refrigerator had an immediate problem. After Renna carefully installed the refrigerator and went to light it, the refrigerator caught fire. Luckily Renna put the fire out and called Amazon to return the unit.

Days later a new new refrigerator was sent and it was installed and lit successfully. Renna watched the refrigerator closely for 24 hours. Luckily no one was home, when there was an explosion the next day that burnt the family’s home to the ground.

Wrong Information On Insurance

”Not only was this a 25,000 investment they made with nearly everything they had, it was not insured because of tiny house legislation that restricts these units from being considered houses. This does not account for the months of labor and love the entire community put into building it.” ( Homeowners quote )

Article Source

Once homeless and helpless, woman now helps build ‘tiny homes’ for others like her June 16th, 2018

She was with a group of other women, laughing and joking together as they set up walls, hammered in nails, framed doorways and painted houses for the city’s unique “Women4Women” project.

Article Source ABC News

Tacoma Adopts Exemplary Reform for In-Law Apartments March 20th, 2019

Tacoma has joined the growing list of Cascadian cities taking action to welcome more in-law apartments and backyard cottages into their residential neighborhoods. On Tuesday, the Tacoma city council adopted a liberalized set of rules for accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Tacoma got a lot right with its ADU reform, but there’s still room for improvement.

Article Source Sightline Institute