Jurisdictions Allowing Moveable Tiny Homes

Jurisdictions Allowing Moveable Tiny Homes

We Are Making Progress For Moveable Tiny Homes

Written By Janet Thome

Appendix Q for tiny homes on a foundation is becoming widely accepted and welcomed by jurisdictions that benefit the consumer, builder and the jurisdiction to finally have a standard. I have been documenting the states and jurisdictions across the nation that have adopted Appendix Q and what I have discovered is the jurisdictions are grateful for a definition and a means to regulate tiny homes.

We have a long way to go regarding  moveable tiny homes as permissible and permanent dwellings, but there has been great successes thanks to all the American Tiny House Advocates ( ATHA)  as they forge the path. We owe a special thanks to Dan Fitzpartrick, the Director of Government Relations of both ATHA and THIA for opening doors in many jurisdictions in California which can be used as an example across the nation. Nick Mosley, Vice President of ATHA and board member of THIA, has also been a key player in moving mountains in California, allowing moveable tiny homes as ADUs in backyards.

Tiny Houses: Affordable Sustainable Eco-Friendly

Dan Fitzpatrick gave lectures all across California and created a  presentation  on moveable tiny homes that is an excellent tool if you are working with a jurisdiction.

Presentation

How Do I Get Zoning Passed In My Area For Tiny Houses In My Area?

This is a great guide that we can all learn from written by Rene’ Hardee , Florida Chapter Leader of ATHA  sharing her success story on Tiny House Talk. Details

Affordable Housing Cannot Wait

The New American Homeless

We are in a crisis and there is a New American Homeless.Housing insecurity in the nation’s richest cities is far worse than government statistics claim. Just ask the Goodmans.
Last August, Cokethia Goodman returned home from work to discover a typed letter from her landlord in the mailbox. She felt a familiar panic as she began to read it. For nearly a year, Goodman and her six children—two of them adopted after being abandoned at birth—had been living in a derelict but functional three-bedroom house in the historically black Peoplestown neighborhood of Atlanta. Goodman, who is 50, has a reserved, vigilant demeanor, her years trying to keep the kids out of harm’s way evident in her perpetually narrowed eyes.

She saw the rental property as an answer to prayer. It was in a relatively safe area and within walking distance of the Barack and Michelle Obama Academy, the public elementary school her youngest son and daughter attended. It was also—at $950 a month, not including utilities—just barely affordable on the $9 hourly wage she earned as a full-time home health aide. Goodman had fled an abusive marriage in 2015, and she was anxious to give her family a more stable home environment. She thought they’d finally found one.

Article Source The New Republic

Documenting Our Successes For Moveable Tiny Homes

This will be a blog post in progress as I add the successes we are achieving for moveable tiny homes. Please share if you have a success story.

12 Tiny House Communities You Can Live In

If this sounds like an idyllic setting for your future tiny house on wheels, then good news! There’s a growing list of communities that fit the bill. Each has its own flair and varying amenities. One thing they all have in common is the idea that your living space extends beyond your personal itsy-bitsy square footage—your “bonus room” is the shared community spaces.

The Wayward Home

Arkansas

Rogers adapts to ‘tiny homes’

The city is writing rules to allow more tiny homes in Rogers.

Kelso’s neighborhood near downtown was built in 2016 on land zoned for mobile homes. Developers David and Chris Gallo recently tried to do a similar project with 39 homes on about 4 acres about 2 miles west of the existing homes.

They found that zoning regulations don’t allow the homes there.

The city’s planning staff presented a “cluster housing” proposal to a Planning Commission committee last week that would allow tiny homes and cottage court housing in some residential areas.

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Rogers City Planners Propose New Zoning for Tiny Homes

Arizona

Camp Verde: On Oct. 24, 2018, the Camp Verde Town Council approved an agri-tourism use permit for a community of tiny houses on wheels, vintage recreational vehicles and agri-tourism events. The 15-acre parcel that would house the complex is owned by Camp Verde residents Carmen Howard and her husband David.

Article SourceTinyPortableCedarCabins 

Park Models
A Park Model is allowed as a Dwelling Unit per Section 565 of the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Ordinance. A permit is required prior to installation of a Park Model Unit

Development Services Yavapai County

Tiny Homes On Wheels Are Legal In Mobile Home Parks In Arizona

According to Susan Brenton, Executive Director of Manufactured Housing of Arizona, Tiny Homes on Wheels are legal in mobile home parks in Arizona. The newer parks primarily cater to the modular market. The older parks  are most appropriate for Tiny Homes.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

California

Fresno

“We are the first city in the nation to actually write into its development code authorization for ‘tiny homes,’ ” says Mayor Ashley Swearingen. “If there’s one thing that Californians should know about Fresno, it’s that we are full of surprises. And just when you’ve think you’ve pegged us to be one type of community, we’ll surprise you.”

Some of Swearingen’s motivation comes from wanting to support local jobs and manufacturing. A new Fresno company, California Tiny House, is now building these custom homes for people all over the state. It recently held an unusual open house to celebrate Fresno’s new rules, parking a 270-square-foot cottage on wheels in front of City Hall.

Tiny Homes in Fresno

 

San Diego

San Diego officials say they plan to begin allowing movable “tiny houses” in backyards across the city, to help address the local homelessness and affordable housing crises.

The tiny houses, which are similar to granny flats but smaller, can be built more quickly and cheaply than granny flats and will create a new source of low-cost housing — without any government subsidies, city officials said this week.

Special Thanks To Dan Fitzpatrick: The Director Of Government Relations For ATHA and THIA

This is a week of good news in tiny house land! For the past several months ATHA and THIA have been working with the San Diego City Council and staff to legalize movable tiny houses as ADUs. As you may recall, I had the opportunity, several months ago, to present to the Council on the wisdom of including movable tiny houses as ADUs.
Today the Land Use and Housing council committee voted unanimously to direct City Attorney to draft an amendment to San Diego’s municipal code that would allow movable tiny houses as ADU’s.

Article Source The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Luis Obispo

The Community Development Department recently updated its Zoning Regulations which included provisions for Tiny Homes on Wheels in the backyard of on a site with an owner-occupied single-family residence. A single-family residence (Single-Unit Dwelling) is defined as a dwelling unit designed for occupancy by one household which is not attached to or located on a lot with commercial uses or other dwelling units.

Sonoma County, Ca,

Tiny houses on wheels are allowed as caregiver dwellings in Sonoma County, CA, as well as Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Alameda, Contra Costa & Sacramento, according to Sonya Tafejian of
Tiny House Consulting Sonoma County, phone 707-779-9474.

Sonoma County Zoning Code: Section 26-88-010

Article Source ATHA

Caregiver caravans legal in Sonoma and other northern CA counties

Colorado

Colorado’s Tiny House Movement, Communities and Resources Galore

The tiny house movement in Colorado is booming. Despite limited legal parking opportunities for tiny homes on wheels. But that is changing in a big way, thanks to community developers and local advocates. Their efforts have been aided by all the positive press about the last few years’ exuberant festivals, from the first Tiny House Jamboree to the annual Colorado Tiny House Festival and the People’s Tiny House Festival.

Several smaller events and the gorgeous WeeCasa hotel have added to the growing tiny buzz. The roster of Colorado-based tiny home builders is ever-growing—there are over 24 to choose from! DIY building options are plentiful, as well. The Denver metro is home to TrailerMade Trailers, Einstyne Tiny Homes (tiny house shell specialists) and DIY build sites are available from Tiny Home Connection and Colorado Custom Coachworks.

Tiny House Blog

Lyons, Colorado

The journey to legalize tiny homes on wheels  in Lyons, Colorado was a three year journey.  We  need to thank Byron Fears, owner of SimBLISSity Tiny Homes for being on the forefront of this  battle. Byron Fears is the Director Of Communications for the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA ).

Chuck Ballard, President of Pacific West Associates and Director of Standards for THIA was also instrumental in legalizing tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado.

Tiny Homes At River Run Built By Sprout Tiny Homes

A Tiny Home Community in Silt, Colorado.

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Florida

Jasper, Florida- 40L Ranch in Jasper, Florida is a tiny home village for single women over 55 years of age. 40L affectionately stands for four old ladies. The tiny home village is an agricultural community who love horses! They allow tiny homes on a foundation, wheels or Park Models,  Details

Brevard, Floridia -Cheatham said the tiny homes are now being allowed in some neighborhoods both in the city of Longwood and in Brevard County where the commission recently came to an agreement.

“Brevard County now has a new piece of property that has just opened up some lots, it’s called Braveheart Properties in northern Brevard, and they actually are gonna be the first ones here in Brevard that will have an actual tiny home community — both on wheels, like the one you’re staying in, and on foundations,” Cheatham said.

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Massachusetts

Nantucket

In Nantucket, a citizen’s petition to allow tiny houses on wheels in most residential districts was approved by the town in 2016.

Isaiah Stover is on track to be a Nantucket folk hero — he is the man behind the tiny house movement on an island dotted with McMansions and median home prices of $1.2 million. Stover drafted the bylaw amendment to change the Zoning Code of the Town of Nantucket to include tiny house units -a dwelling of less than 500 square feet built on a moveable trailer — passed by a two-thirds voice vote at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting.

Valley Advocate

Nantucket News

Tennessee

Cocke County

It’s all happening off a side road in Newport, Tennessee. Now people are moving to a Cocke County and jobs are being created. “We’ve got 68 people moving to Cocke County from all over the United States. From New Mexico. From Washington. From Arizona. While this may have you itching to invest in a tiny home, be mindful of strict local regulations and coding. Cocke County has embraced them but regulations on what defines ‘a house’ haven’t caught up everywhere.

“The county is open to tiny homes. There’s no restrictions,” Jones said.

WVLT8

Newport Plain Talk

Wheeled Tiny Homes Welcome! Cocke County, TN.

Forest Tiny Home Community- has two spaces for lease left for your wheeled tiny home in Newport, Tennessee in Cocke, County. All styles of tiny home are welcome here! The Forest Incredible Community  is the first phase of three tiny home communities planned by Incredible Tiny Homes.

Beach And Prairie: 30 People Needed For Each Development

Beach and Prairie are two more planned communities that have not started development yet, they will still have the same requirement of 30 people to start the development.

Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins  

Texas

Azle

The Pines RV Community-The Pines -situated among beautiful oak and pine trees, close to downtown Fort Worth, and the DFW Airport with a dedicated phase just for tiny homes!

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

Franklin

Wildwood Forest, partnered with National Land Partners LLC created a residential/ vacation development of 26 lots from 10 to 15 acres. You are allowed to to have one site built home with a minimum of 1000 square feet, one out building and one guest home. You can also have a tiny home on wheels as your primary residence! Grand Opening is October 19th, 2019.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

Lake Dallas Tiny Village : Approved As A Planned Development Referencing 2018 IRC Appendix V-  Adapted By Approval Of Lake Dallas For Tiny Homes On Wheels

Article Source Taylor Premier Properties

Amended Ordinance 20190502-LD Ord Amending Tiny Home PD Ordinance-107709

Amended Ordinance Ordinance 2017-14 Amending Zoning Ordinance Gotcher

Note: Appendix Q was previously called Appendix V

Yantis

Vintage Grace Tiny Home Community

Vintage Grace is a tiny home community of park model homes in Yantis, Texas on 25 wooded acres. It has four scenic ponds and is minutes from Lake Fork. Year around living is allowed and encouraged at Vintage Grace. The community is owned by Jim and Kathie Brown, a retired couple who created a community of residents with similar values and desires to live a simpler life in a caring close-knit community. They desired to be close to all the amenities of the small and large cities but tucked away privately in a gated community in the woods.

Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

Ohio

New Paris

Ohio’s first tiny home village

The lakefront Cedar Springs Tiny Village is the first of its kind within the state of Ohio.Gerald Brubaker has enthusiastically brought to life his vision of the “tiny” community, as the founder of Cedar Springs, with 27 sites currently established.
Located in New Paris, Ohio (just east of the Indiana state line), we are centrally located within 1.5 hours of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Indianapolis, and only 40 minutes from Dayton!

Pennsylvania

The Ruscombmanor Township supervisors approved a zoning amendment on Sept. 5 allowing accessory dwellings such as tiny homes in residential districts. According to township Solicitor Paul T. Essig, the revision will allow one accessory dwelling unit (ADU) per property, and the unit may house relatives or caregivers for the owners of the main house. They cannot be rented.

The ordinance targets tiny homes that usually can be wheeled onto a space near but separate from the home, and can either be removed or converted into non-residential use, such as storage, once they’re no longer needed.

Essig said residents with the tiny homes would be required to obtain a permit, which the board set for $150, and have the permit reviewed every six months by a township zoning officer. Details.

Oregon

Portland allows tiny homes with conditions. Details

Virginia

Buckingham County, Virginia

Our Tiny Home Is A Legal Dwelling: Zone Approval Buckingham County, Virginia

We  just closed on my land today…….the  letter that is attached references that our tiny home will be considered a dwelling  and taxed as a home/dwelling while still being able to reside on wheels, and not even forced to skirt the home unless we  want to. They have only requested that we tie our dwelling down. We have the freedom to roll away when we  want and come back when we  want because of some wonderful people who were really willing to look at what we owned and make it happen. They do exist. You just have to find them.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

Washington State

Senate Bill ESSB 5383 that went into effect July 28th, 2019 is a great win for moveable tiny homes. The provided a definition -“Tiny house” and “tiny house with wheels” means a dwelling to36be used as permanent housing with permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation built in accordance with the state building code.

Individual cities and counties may allow tiny houses with wheels to be collected together as tiny house villages using the binding site plan method articulated in chapter 58.17 RCW.

Except as provided under subsection (4) of this section, a city or town may not adopt an ordinance that has the effect, directly or indirectly, of preventing the entry or requiring the removal of recreational vehicle or tiny house with wheels as defined in section165 of this act used as a primary residence in manufactured/mobile home communities.

Washington state is in the public comment stage regarding the adoption of Appendix Q until Sept 27th, 2019.

Details

Check Back As I Add More Wins For Our Industry!

Where Can I Live Legally?

Please review the Where Can I Live Legally page, there are a lot of resources for finding tiny home villages and creative ways to find a place to live in a moveable tiny home.

Tiny Home Insurance

Tiny Home Insurance

Tiny Home Insurance: A Buyer’s Market

 

Written By Janet Thome

Insurance will be a requirement if you are going to finance your tiny home. Insurance  for  Tiny Homes and Park Models has become very affordable and many carriers are jumping on board because it has become a very hot market. Prices vary greatly so do some price comparison, because it is now a buyer’s market.

Park Model Or Tiny Home

Many builders market  the park models they build as tiny homes. It is important to know this when you want to obtain insurance. There is no legal, unified definition for a tiny home at the moment.

The term’s definition is as fluid as the wind and because it is not universally agreed upon, it is up for interpretation and you will find that almost every lender, insurance company , city or county has a different explanation for what a tiny home is.

Some insurance companies lump tiny homes and park models together and some companies have created separate divisions for them. Some allow wheels, some do not. Some companies allow tenant occupied, but not an Airbnb and some will allow an Airbnb.

Almost 5 years ago, my insurance was canceled 2 weeks after the policy was written because they said my park model was a tiny home.  Now they are insuring both. Progress!

Certification Requirement

RV Certification is required by some companies and not required by others. Most companies want the home to be professionally built, but now there are options for self builds. There is actually only one insurance carrier that requires certification that I have listed here.

Are You Thinking  Of Foregoing Insurance? Think Again

Read these stories and you might change your mind. Click Here.

Builders Risk Insurance

When choosing your builder for your tiny home, make sure the company has Builders Risk insurance that will cover your tiny home while being built and find out when the coverage stopped. You will want to have your insurance in place to avoid any gaps of coverage.

Excellent article from FitSmallBusiness regarding Builders Risk Insurance.

DIY Build

If you are building your own tiny home. There is insurance to protect your home while you are building your home.

Cautionary Tale: DIY Self Build WITHOUT:   Insurance Tiny House Talk

Full Time Living Covered!

Every resource I list allows for full time living whether it is owner or tenant occupied or an Airbnb.

Credit Counts

Your credit score counts toward the amount your policy will cost. Talk to several companies without pulling your credit to determine what is best for you, the prices range considerably. as much as a $500.00 difference.

Tiny Home Villages

If you have a tiny home village or you are  going to start one, make sure you consult with your insurance company to make sure there is not a lapse of  coverage with your property and outbuildings and your tenants. Get their advice on what the insurance requirements should be from your tenants including liability.

Who would clean up the mess, if someone brought a tiny home in and they had no insurance and a fire occurred? I personally lost everything in a fire because of someone else’s negligence- so I know the devastation that lack of insurance can bring.

One Policy With A Primary Residence And A Tiny Home ADU

You can also check with your primary insurance company and see if they will insure your tiny home as an ADU as a secondary residence on your property.

Transport Coverage

When choosing a company to transport your tiny home, make sure they have liability and cargo insurance and make sure their drivers are vetted.

Every Need Can Covered In The Tiny Home Industry

  • Park Model Insurance For Temporary, Vacation, Full Time Residence
  • Tiny Home Insurance With Or Without Wheels For Temporary, Vacation, Full Time Residence
  • DIY Tiny Homes With Or Without Wheels
  • RV Certified And Non Certified
  • For Those Who Travel
  • Airbnbs
  • Tiny Home Villages And Hotels
  • Trip Collison Coverage
  • Rental Reimbursement For Loss Of Income
  • Builders Insurance
  • Under Construction
  • Off The Grid
  • Wood Stove As Primary Heat
  • Other Structures
  • Theft
  • GPS Tracking
  • Loss Of Contents
  • Appliance Loss
  • WorkCampers
  • Personal Liability
  • Professionally Converted Vans And Skoolies
  • One Policy For Your Primary Residence And Tiny Home As A ADU

Tiny Home Insurance

American Modern

Homeowner’s Policy: Perfect Policy Meant For Owner Or Tenant Occupied

American Modern Specializes In Manufactured Home Insurance: Direct Insurance Company In All Fifty States

American Modern is now insuring Airbnbs!

Park Model: Wheels Must Stay On

The type of product they offer will consider your home as a park model style home under the manufactured home category. It is meant for a home that will not be moved around frequently, and that will stay in one spot once placed and be tied down/secured or placed on a foundation. Wheels must stay on.

Program offered is for home located in a park or on private land

 Can be full-time owner occupied, seasonal, rental or vacant

Comprehensive coverage for: The home itself, including any professionally attached structure, deck, porch, awnings and content coverage’s for belongings

Liability coverage in the event that a neighbor slips and falls on the homeowners deck for example.

Can offer flood and earthquake coverage (as offered per state/program)

Primary Heat Source Must Be Electric

 Home cannot have a wood stove or fireplace (supplemental source) as main heating source- must have electric baseboard, hot water baseboard (boiler) or forced air/ducts as primary heat source

 Home also must be wired for electricity, cannot be 100% solar powered. Solar must be a secondary source of power.

Details on coverage: Click Here

Trip Collision Coverage

American Modern has an excellent trip collision coverage that is priced very reasonably with a $100.00 deductible. It only lasts 30 days, but can be added when you first have your cabin delivered OR at anytime you have to move it. It covers the entire cabin including tires and axles. Depending on the location, the cost is  between $25 to $35.

Tiny Homes: Without Wheels

American Modern has another division just for tiny homes WITHOUT wheels.

You Can Call American Modern Directly Or  Find A Local Agent

American Modern: 866-880-8651
Find An Agent ClickHere

Strategic Insurance Agency LLC: Andrea 719 476 0106

If you are going to be traveling in your tiny home and need a homeowner’s policy and you want to cover the transport because you are picking it up yourself, give Andrea  a call. Strategic also offers insurance for off the grid tiny homes.

States  they provide tiny homes insurance in are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oregon,Tennessee & Washington. Liability limits of $50k, $100k & $300k, and a trip endorsement which is $150 for the policy term, regardless of the amount  of trips.

 Commercial Insurance With Strategic Insurance Agency LLC

Martin Burlingame 719 476 0104 For your commercial needs

Strategic Insurance

Homeowner’s Policy: Self Built  And For Those That Will Travel Often: Transport Can Be Covered

Mac Insurance Company

Micheal Carmona : Agent, Owner 971-238-2502

Specializes In The Lloyd’s Of London Tiny Home Policy

Located in Portand, Oregon: Can Insure In Over 40+ States

Tiny Home Coverage Can Include:

  • Personal Property
  • Liability
  • Manufactured Built
  • RV Certified And Non Certified
  • Theft
  • Coverage When You Are On The Move
  • Trip Collision

Types Of Tiny Houses That Can Be Covered:

  • Tiny Homes On Wheels Stationary Or On The Move
  • Tiny Homes Without Wheels Or On The Move
  • Park Models
  • DIY Built
  • Manufactured Built
  • Professionally Converted Van And Skoolies

Tiny Homes Can Be Used As:

  • Primary Home
  • Tenant Occupied
  • Second Home-Vacation Home
  • Airbnb

Builder Coverage:

A builder can be covered for general liability, professional liability, business auto and inventory

What Is The Difference Between A Homeowner’s Policy And The Tiny Home Policy?

Regular home insurance policies weren’t written to cover a home that has the ability to be on the move or has a chance of getting stolen. 

Types Of Coverage in The Tiny Home Policy

Coverage A – Dwelling – This is the value of your tiny house if it gets damaged. We insure as low as $25,000 to as much as $150,000. If you buy it from a builder the price of purchase is usually the Coverage A limit. 

Coverage B – other Structures – This is for your solar panels, built on decks, and other property structures that are not part of the tiny house. We can do up to $50,000.

Coverage C – Contents – All personal belongings inside your house. If you were to turn your tiny upside down and whatever falls out is part of your personal property. Clothing, pots and pans, TV, electronics, your bed, etc.

Replacement Cost for Contents –  Whenever you have a loss your contents will be replaced brand new and not at its depreciated value. Meaning your 5 year old TV that might cost $40 now would be replaced by a $500 TV. 

Theft of Contents – We can offer up to $3,000 in theft coverage for your belongings.

Theft of Tiny Home – If you are worried about your tiny house being stolen then you need this! We provide a tracker so that if your house was ever stolen we can always have a way of finding it. 

Trip Endorsement – If you’re the type of person who travels with your home  or needs to move it from an old location to a new we can make sure you are always covered on the go. 

Personal Liability – Provides coverage for inside your premise and outside your premise. If someone were to get hurt on your premise and they were to sue you this is where your liability comes in. It would help pay towards any medical bills or charges from a lawsuit. This also covers you if you were to accidentally somehow hurt someone else. Like when a snowboarder collides with another or a fisherman hooks his buddy. Personal liability would also cover your tiny home if you are renting a space on someone’s else’s property in case you cause damage on their property.

Wood Stoves- They will insurance tiny homes that have wood stoves as their primary heat!!!

Mac Insurance

Foremost Insurance Group: The only company that requires certification

Foremost Insurance Group writes park model policies and tiny home policies. When you speak to an agent, make sure they know there are separate divisions for them. It is a newer change and not everyone is up to date on this.

You can obtain Foremost insurance through a Farmer’s agent.

Farmers Insurance

Insurance For Tiny Homes: Ontario, Canada

Dave Burns is a broker with Kingston Specialty Group that can help you obtain insurance in Ontario, Canada.  If you live in a different province, he can refer you to another broker.  Dave can provide insurance for owner or tenant occupied and off the grid tiny homes. Dave can also provide insurance for shells. If you are from Canada and you are having a cabin built in the US,  it is a good idea to talk to Dave Burns first regarding the heating choices allowed and inspections required.

The prices are very reasonable. Dave writes commercial policies as well.

David Burns RIB (Ont.) CAIB
Account Executive

844 Gardiners Road
Kingston, ON  K7M 3X9
Phone (613)634-8111
Cell (613)329-2628
Fax (613)634-5822
dburns@kingstoninsurance.ca

Photo Credit Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins

New Edition Of IRC Appendix Q: 2021

New Edition Of IRC Appendix Q: 2021

The International Residential Code is a comprehensive, stand alone residential code that creates minimum regulations for one-and two family dwellings of three stories or less.
Appendix Q-Adopted  into  the 2018 International Residential Code ( IRC ) building code to provide regulations and standards for tiny homes on a foundation that is 400 square feet or less.

The ICC publishes new editions of the International Codes every three years. To Learn more about Appendix Q and the ICC Development Process click Here,

Martin Hammer- Architect and the original co-author of the Appendix Q has been the primary proponent of the new edition of Appendix Q 2021. Martin and the following co-proponents have been involved with the editing and public comment process in various degrees of involvement since December 2018.

Co-Proponents Include:

David Eisenberg: Developer Of The Strawbale Appendix Of The 2015 IRC
Chuck Ballard: President Of Pacific West Associates and the Director of Standards Of THIA
Brad Wiseman: CEO and Chairman of THIA
Thom Stanton: COO and President of THIA
Zack Giffin: Co-Host of Tiny House Nation And Board Member Of THIA
Byron Fears: Owner and Builder of SimBlissity Tiny Homes

2019 Group B Proposed Changes To The I-Codes Albuquerque Committee

2018/2019 Code Development Group: B -ICC 

 

 

Colorado Tiny Home News

Colorado Tiny Home News

ADUs come slowly to Denver in absence of sweeping policy changes Nov. 13th, 2019

The number of accessory dwelling units has slowly increased in Denver, with 58 new permits issued last year and even more in 2019.

The Colorado Sun reports that homeowners are drawn to ADUs for a number of reasons: to create another stream of income, to provide a living space for elderly family members, and to have another asset to pass on to children, among others.

Article Source Colorado Politics

Denver Public Forum: Code Changes Oct. 11th, 2019

Denver, Colorado is in in their building code cycle change to include the 2018 IRC and  Appendix Q Tiny Houses has been included in Denver’s proposed code changes and is in progress. There will be a public forum on Nov. 5th, 2019 from 3 to 5:30 pm that will be a courtesy briefing on all the code changes, including Appendix Q. There will be a window of time that will be announced after the meeting.

Denver. Gov

Tiny house project has big impact for small schools Oct. 10th, 2019

NESS CITY — Under the watchful eyes of their teachers, students drilled dozens of screws into metal frame after metal frame Wednesday morning at Ness City High School as they began a project that will provide vacation housing in Colorado and experience that will last the students a lifetime.

While 6A and 5A schools like Hutchinson and McPherson take on large building projects and complete an entire house over the school year, that’s not feasible for smaller schools like Ness City.

Instead, these mostly 3- 2- and 1A schools are taking on a 3-1A-sized building projects — tiny houses.

Ness City High School hosted a workshop for several area schools on Wednesday to share knowledge and kick off a yearlong tiny house building project. Each school will complete a house with the same floor plan, but will personalize some design elements along the way.

Article Source The Hays Daily News

Denver to welcome temporary tiny home villages Oct. 7th, 2019

DENVER — The Denver City Council voted Monday night to approve changes to the city’s zoning code to help welcome temporary tiny home villages hoping to use vacant land to help address homelessness, according to a news release from the city.

The city voted to approve the Beloved Community Village in April. According to the release, it was Denver’s first temporary tiny home village, and is a successful pilot of using tiny homes to help vulnerable or marginalized residents aiming to find permanent homes.

Article Source Fox Denver 31

Renters Only: These New Homes Aren’t For Sale  October 7th, 2019

A different sort of American dream is under construction outside Denver. More than 130 homes are being framed and nail-gunned together. But there won’t be any real estate agents staging open houses. Instead of homeownership, this development is all about home-rentership.

“We got started in around 2010 after the housing crash and people were losing their homes,” says Josh Hartmann, the CEO of NexMetro Communities, the company building these homes.

Article Source NPR

Denver to vote on tiny home village rules  Oct. 6th, 2019

Denver’s tiny home villages for homeless communities are seen as such a success by some council members that now, one is proposing putting rules on the books to allow more in the city.

The proposal has been drafted by Councilwoman Robin Kniech and the vote will be on Monday.

A tiny home village is a community of tiny houses that is fairly inexpensive for the city to fund and used to help get people experiencing homelessness into temporary housing.

Right now, Colorado has one village called Beloved Community Village in Globeville.

City of Denver code has it permitted as “Unlisted Temporary Use,” which, to advocates of these tiny homes, is a problem.

Article Source 9News.Com

Longmont City Council to review accessory dwelling unit regulations Sept. 30th, 2019

Longmont current regulations about accessory dwelling units — a separate residential dwelling on the same lot as the principal single-family detached home on that lot — are scheduled for City Council discussion on Tuesday night.

Council directed city staff in July to schedule a review of the city’s Land Development Code provisions about accessory dwelling units — commonly called ADUs — which are now an allowed use, under certain conditions, in most of the city’s residential zoning districts and the downtown mixed-use zoning district.

Longmont’s Accessory Dwelling Units web page — tinyurl.com/y5z2j9gw — says a unit is defined as “a second dwelling, either within or added to an existing single-family home, or in a separate accessory structure on the same property as the main home, for use as a complete, independent living facility …”

Article SourceTimes-Call

Councilman Aaron Brockett: To create Boulder’s future, look to its present Sept. 28th, 2019

What he’d like to do with his second: Creating policy to allow tiny homes in Boulder, perhaps as ADUs; securing more funding for the library; transportation (specifically bus rapid transit on East Arapahoe); affordable housing, including a mix of market-affordable and government-subsidized, as well as preserving existing housing; arts and culture support (specifically relaxing Boulder’s regulations on “what goes where”); social justice; small business support

Article Source Boulder Beat 

Winter Park moving forward with affordable, workforce housing project Sept. 19th, 2019

The $18 million development would go in on 1.9 acres on Kings Crossing Drive, next to Silverado II. Per the town’s request, the development is geared toward local workforce and some units will likely require tenants to work in the Fraser Valley.

All of the designs and details for the project are preliminary right now, as the development would need to go through the planning commission and get council’s approval, but right now Potter and his team are proposing 62 units at 40 to 60% of the area median income (AMI) and 20 units at 100% AMI.

Article Source Ski-HI News

Tiny Home Venture In Woodland Park Scores Narrow Victory In Marathon Hearing Sept. 17th, 2019

The heated battle between the opponents of the manufactured home project, known as the Village at Tamarac, and the developers, went before the city’s Board of Adjustment (BOA) group. After an emotional back and forth, which lasted more than six hours between the two parties, the board affirmed the developer’s right to proceed with the project.

But Woodland Park Planning Director Sally Riley staunchly disagreed with this assessment. She offered a defense of the city’s approval of the project and rebutted many of the points made by the project opponents. Riley cleared up the issue of the definition of a manufactured home by stating the difference between a mobile home and a manufactured home. She said that a mobile home is certified by Housing and Urban Development (HUD). But the major difference exist in the fact that a manufactured home is also certified by the International Building Code (IRC) to abide by higher standards than a mobile home. More specifically, a manufactured home is required to be installed on a permanent foundation, not on a chassis like a traditional mobile home.

Article Source The Mountain Jackpot News

New state law brings hope to Colorado’s mobile home residents Sept. 17th, 2019

Boulder led the way to protect ‘vulnerable families’ Mobile homes, and the parks that contain many of them, stretch all across the state. But this type of affordable housing has been watched with particular interest in Boulder, where both the city and county have sought measures to protect and maintain mobile-home parks.

That became HB 1309.

“There was a convergence,” Rep. Hooton said. “The impetus was there for a long time, but now the political makeup of the chamber of the Legislature has changed to make this more possible. … This sunrise report helped define clearly at least the first thing that needed to be done, and that was to have enforcement provisions for the Mobile Home Park Act passed in 1985 – and never enforced.”

Article Source The Durango Herald

Milner tiny home community a step away from reality as final approval vote slated for end of month Sept. 12th, 2019

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In a unanimous vote, the Routt County Planning Commission during its September meeting gave its final approval to what would be the first tiny home development in an unincorporated part of the county.

Under the plan, six homes, ranging from 200 to 260 square feet, would be built in unincorporated Milner, just off U.S. Highway 40, about 10 miles west of Steamboat Springs.

Article Source Steamboat Pilot

Denver hotel could soon be turned in affordable housing in Northeast Park Hill Sept. 10th, 2019

DENVER — Complicated problems often require creative solutions, and Denver’s homeless population is no exception.

“We’re seeing an increase in homelessness, across the board,” said Cathy Alderman with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. “You don’t have to go very far to see that this problem is exacerbating in Denver. It’s time that we need to really do something about it quickly.”

The coalition is answering the need for more housing with a clever solution. It plans to convert the Quality Inn & Suites at E. 36th Ave. and Quebec St. into 139 micro-affordable housing units in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood.

Article Source The Denver Channel

Grand Junction, Basalt, Denver projects among those awarded combined $10.4M in state housing grants this summer Sept.4th, 2019

The Colorado Division of Housing last week released a list of projects that it approved for a combined $10.4 million in state Housing Development Grant Funds in July and August.

The money — drawn from a pot earmarked for supporting work that improves, preserves or expands the supply of affordable housing in the state — will benefit the following efforts, according to a news release:

Article Source The Denver Post

New affordable housing neighborhood coming to Buena Vista  Sept. 4th, 2019

BUENA VISTA, Colo. — Like many towns in Colorado, homes in Buena Vista can be expensive, often costing more than a half-million dollars. That’s more money than most people who live there can afford.

“A lot of the big employers here have employees who drive an hour and a half to work every day because they can’t afford housing in the community they work in,” said Charlie Chupp, the CEO of Fading West Development.

Article Source The Gazette

Colorado’s Tiny House Movement, Communities and Resources Galore

The tiny house movement in Colorado is booming. Despite limited legal parking opportunities for tiny homes on wheels. But that is changing in a big way, thanks to community developers and local advocates. Their efforts have been aided by all the positive press about the last few years’ exuberant festivals, from the first Tiny House Jamboree to the annual Colorado Tiny House Festival and the People’s Tiny House Festival.

Several smaller events and the gorgeous WeeCasa hotel have added to the growing tiny buzz. The roster of Colorado-based tiny home builders is ever-growing—there are over 24 to choose from! DIY building options are plentiful, as well. The Denver metro is home to TrailerMade Trailers, Einstyne Tiny Homes (tiny house shell specialists) and DIY build sites are available from Tiny Home Connection and Colorado Custom Coachworks.

Tiny House Blog

Public Comments Welcomed: Pagosa Springs, Co Sept 5th

Colorado Appendix Q News : Archuleta County Public Meeting Of The Commissioners Adopting 2015 and Appendix Q : Public Welcome Sept 5th,
2019 at 8:30 Am at Archuleta County Administration Office
398 Lewis St, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Details Call Mary 907 264 8308 / They welcome written comments before the meeting; Send to mHelminski@archuletacounty.org

Controversial Tiny Home Project Hits Roadblock August 29th, 2019

Although the board okayed the project, they imposed much more stringent conditions that those recommended by the city staff. In fact, some insiders now question if the development will ever get built, or speculate that the issue will be headed to court. Last week marked the first of several appeals mounted against the proposed housing project.

Article Source The Mountain Jackpot News

Colorado nonprofit looks to tiny homes to help homeless vets August 26th, 2019

Robertson wants to help veterans like Alvira Concepcion get back on their feet, that includes housing. But they’re looking to do that a little differently. He wants to put them in tiny homes.

Article Source The Denver Channel

Denver Closing In on Approving Zoning Codes for Tiny Home Villages August 8th, 2019

On Wednesday, August 7, the Denver Planning Board approved an addition to the city’s zoning code that would allow for temporary tiny home villages. If approved by city council, the final arbiter, later this month, the changes would ease construction for the villages in Denver, which proponents say would help chip away at homelessness.

Article Source Westword

McMillin: Why Denver’s tiny home village dream can’t be dismissed as just another fad gone bad June 30th, 2019

So, as a public hearing on proposed zoning code changes regarding temporary tiny home villages looms before the Denver Planning Board, I dug into the subject. If approved, the changes could open the door to the creation of villages in commercial, mixed-use and industrial areas or where there is an existing public or civic use.

Article Source The Denver Post

Tiny-home villages could be allowed across much of Denver July 29th, 2019

She is proposing that the city change its rules to allow tiny-home villages on far more properties. The change could make it much easier and simpler to build the low-cost housing communities in Denver.

Article Source The Denver Post

Tiny-home villages could be allowed across much of Denver July 24th, 2019

Now, that may change: Denver Councilwoman at-large Robin Kniech wants to allow villages to be built across more of the city and for longer periods of time.

Article Source The Denver Post

Phase 1 of newly approved Silt tiny home community is a go July 17th, 2019

Danson said his business partner, Nielsen, who owns the KOA Campground at Silt, came up with the design and is the architect of the planned community.On Tuesday morning, Tiny Homes at River Run will start taking deposits for the first 13 sites and living units.

Article Source Post Independent 

Updated: Developer of Village at Tamarac modular-home community refutes objections July 18th, 2019

The developer of a 53-unit Woodland Park modular small-home community, Village at Tamarac, said it is intended to be a response to a housing need.

Tiny homes as affordable and alternative housing gain in popularity. Colorado is at the forefront of the movement July 11th, 2019

The state has over 20 builders who are constructing more than one tiny home unit at a time, and over 40 companies that have built at least one tiny home. On tiny home websites, other states with a growing number of manufacturers include Oregon, Washington and Texas.

Article Source The Denver Post

Colorado’s Tiny House Festival Is Here, and It’s Not Tiny June 21st, 2019

Colorado is ideal for people living the tiny lifestyle,” says Art Laubach, the festival’s organizer and founder of the Colorado Tiny House Association.

Article Source Westword

Colorado Springs officials call ‘densification’ fears overblown July 7th, 2019

The Colorado Springs City Council is cautiously considering a proposal that would allow the construction of accessory dwelling units in predominantly single-family residential areas, often called ‘densification.

Article Source The Gazette

Tiny Home Villages Getting Home in Denver Zoning Code This Fall June 6th, 2019

Tiny home villages are months away from finally getting their own home in the Denver zoning code.

Article Source Westword 

It’s Moving Day For Denver’s Tiny Home Village May 13th, 2019

Denver’s tiny home village on Monday began the move to its new location in Globeville, a neighborhood in north Denver.

Article Source The Gazette

Despite Opposition From Neighbors, Tiny Home Village Moving to Globeville April 30th, 2019

On Monday, April 29, Denver City Council unanimously approved the relocation of the Beloved Community Village to a city-owned plot of land in Globeville at 4400 Pearl Street two weeks before residents must move from their current village in RiNo.

Article Source Westword

Fountain exploring zoning rules for tiny homes, short-term rentals Feb 20th, 2019

Fountain officials are considering adopting zoning rules for tiny houses and short-term rentals, such as those advertised through Airbnb and other properties that residents rent out for less than 30 days at a time.

Tiny houses, which are typically considered less than 400 square feet and mounted on trailers, are allowed in campgrounds in Fountain, and the City Council can grant a special use if a resident wants to put one in a mobile home park, Fountain Planning Supervisor Kristy Martinez said.

Article Source The Gazette

Tiny Homes In Lyons, Colorado July 7th, 2019

The journey to legalize tiny homes on wheels  in Lyons, Colorado was a three year journey.  We  need to thank Byron Fears, owner of SimBLISSity Tiny Homes for being on the forefront of this  battle. Byron Fears is the Director Of Communications for the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA ).

I want to chronicle this  journey that has helped the entire tiny home industry.

Chuck Ballard, President of Pacific West Associates and Director of Standards for THIA was also instrumental in legalizing tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado.

Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association

First “tiny home” comes to Glenwood Springs May 4th, 2018

Hideout Creekside Village was once part of the Midland Railroad, where coal was transported from the Sunlight Mine down to the county road now known as Midland Avenue in Glenwood Springs and onto the main rail line. 

.Hideout Cabins & Tiny Home Community owners Beau Haines and Zach Frischand 18 months ago decided to make their “dual vision” a reality by spearheading a plan to build a series of tiny homes in what is now a close-knit RV park.

Article  Source The Denver Post 

Colorado’s Tiny Home Owners and Builders Talk Pros and Cons of Living Small July 25th, 2017

Co-owner of SimBLISSity Tiny Homes, Byron Fears, compared the ’60s blue jeans fad to the tiny homes fad today. According to him, they’re here to stay.

“The Great American Dream of the three bedroom house with a two car garage was proven to be unsustainable during the past recession,” Fears said. “The current economy is proving that the hopes of home ownership is beyond the reach of most working class people.”

Article Source 303 Magazine

La Plata County building codes to take on tiny house provisions Feb 19th, 2017

Last month, the building department and county commissioners discussed plans to replace outdated county building codes with more current standards as well as upgrade energy efficiency standards tentatively sometime this year. The county’s new regulations will include the new international building appendix for tiny houses.

Article Source The Durango Herald

Tiny Homes In Lyons, Colorado

Tiny Homes In Lyons, Colorado

 

Tiny Homes Are Legal In Lyons, Colorado

The journey to legalize tiny homes on wheels  in Lyons, Colorado was a three year journey.  We  need to thank Byron Fears, owner of SimBLISSity Tiny Homes for being on the forefront of this  battle. Byron Fears is the Director Of Communications for the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA ).

I want to chronicle this  journey that has helped the entire tiny home industry.

Chuck Ballard, President of Pacific West Associates and Director of Standards for THIA was also instrumental in legalizing tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado.

According To Connie Sullivan: Mayor Of Lyons, Colorado

In Lyons, you can now have a tiny home on wheels as an ADU. The only place in CO where it is legal to do so. Kudos to the PCDC for their work on this complex ordinance. They spent two years researching and crafting a policy that will allow home owners to become or partner with tiny home enthusiasts to create affordable living solutions in Lyons.

Lyons doesn’t often “go first” where policy is concerned, but in this case it was important to lead. Boulder County has a serious affordable housing shortage, and we understand tiny homes thanks to local businesses like Wee Casa and SimBLISSity. This was a well thought out effort with a lot of input. Let’s see where it goes, but I look forward to getting to know the folks who are part of this movement. They will fit right in. Just another reason why Lyons is the coolest town on the front range.

Accessory Dwelling Units In Lyons, Colorado

Dwelling Unit, Accessory (ADU) means a second, subordinate unit co-located on the same lot as a principal residence in a single-family residential zone district. An accessory dwelling unit is no larger than eight hundred (800) square feet and may be either added to, co-located with as a detached unit, or created within a principal single-family detached dwelling.  ADUs are created for the purpose of accommodating a second family that lives separately from the family residing in the principal single-family detached dwelling.   An ADU is occupied by a second family that enjoys spatially segregated living space that provides for cooking, sanitation and sleeping that is separate from and accessory to and subordinate to the principal single-family detached dwelling.  In this definition, “family” refers to that term as it is defined in this Section 16-1-160.

Article Source townoflyons.com

Town Ordinance 1047

Tiny Homes Get Unanimous Approval From Lyons Planning Commission

Lyons has struggled with an insufficient stock of affordable housing since the 2013 floods ripped through the community. On Monday night, the Planning and Design Commission unanimously passed a resolution recommending that tiny homes on wheels be allowed under the town’s code, offering one more potential option to a community constrained by regulations and geography.

Article Source Patch

Small But Mighty

Sensing a need in the market, Fears started SimBLISSity to build larger and more luxurious tiny homes. “When we first started in 2014, I got hate emails accusing me of destroying the movement,” says SimBLISSity’s Byron Fears. “When you watch the TV programs,” he says, “it’s clear that most of those houses are designed by a guy who doesn’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend.” In those tiny lofts, “you’re restricted to one position, and that doesn’t encourage romance, so we built in sofas and all sorts of creature comforts,” he says. Fears adds that living in Colorado requires more space to store winter gear for playing o

“I see the tiny house movement as only growing from here,” says Alexis Stephens of Tiny House Expedition. “We live in a world with a lot of chaos and instability, and it makes too much sense to live within your means.”

Tiny Homes And Tiny Roadblocks

How Small Can You Live In Boulder, County?

The Aspen, a 24′ tiny home built by Byron Fears  was featured in The Boulder Weekly, at the beginning of his journey to legalize tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado. In 2015, tiny homes on wheels were not allowed. All structures had to be attached to a foundation.

Article Source The Boulder Weekly

Byron Fears

Lyons, Colorado

Byron Fears is the head creative and designer of custom built SimBLISSity Tiny Homes, located near Boulder, Colorado.  His love of Tinys led him and his wife, Dot, to a path of building for, and ushering people towards, more sustainable and size-appropriate lifestyles.

Byron is an enthusiastic, multifaceted individual who has participated in many creative careers and is now totally captivated by “Changing the world one Tiny Home at a time!”

Byron’s experience living Tiny in vans, sailboats, and RV’s, and his decades of extensive building and remodeling experience combine to create beautiful, space-efficient yet comfortable Tiny Homes on Wheels.  Byron understands that choosing to live in a Tiny Home is not a tiny thing, but is a serious commitment; he can offer helpful advice, even counseling.

He loves to be a “voice of reason” to make your dreams of Tiny living a happy and successful reality.  He has a refreshing and exciting approach to living and reminds everyone, “You don’t need to be a Monk to live Tiny.” You can enjoy luxury in simplicity. Additionally, Byron offers full design and Tiny Home building services, Tiny Shells for the DIY’ers and a 911/Rescue service for those do-it-yourselfers who need assistance at any stage of their design or build.

Byron is constantly reminding everyone that “SimBLISSity doesn’t build Tiny Houses, they build Tiny Homes.   There is a big difference!”

Byron and his wife Dot live off-grid in Bliss Canyon near the utopian society of Boulder, Colorado.  They are a living example of alternative and sustainable living.

He always strives to prove that “Not all Tinys are created equal!” and takes great pride in building sustainable Tiny Homes to help support sustainable lifestyles in hopes of a sustainable future for the Plant Earth.

SimBLISSity has built 30 Tiny Homes to date; Byron will be speaking at this year’s Jamboree on appropriate building materials for Tiny Homes on Wheels; you can count on him the make this subject matter interesting and entertaining.

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SimBLISSity Tiny Homes

SimBLISSity Tiny Homes is certified by Pacific West Associates, experts in the RV Industry with over 30 years experience.