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Tiny house definition

arcplans

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Anyone encounter or have a good definition for a "tiny house". Houses that are not on a permanent foundation is what I am looking for. Thanks cyburbia in advance.
 

luckless pedestrian

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I guess it varies by state -

like Maine can't have it on wheels and call it a dwelling - it's so confusing

so I have no idea -

I tell people we don't regulate how small a dwelling can be but if you are on water/sewer, you have to hook up
 

Dan

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(Looks at the FBC.) I don't use the word "tiny house" except to describe a type of accessory housing unit that isn't allowed.

"Construction: Must not have a VIN, vehicle title, wheels, integral trailer chassis, or parts for towing or roadgoing. (Examples: trailer, recreational vehicle, tiny house on wheels.)"

Let’s look at the traits of a tiny house.

  • Freestanding house that is not on a permanent foundation
  • GLA or footprint is less than X.

If you’re allowing THOWs, there’s a fine line separating them from a conventional trailer. When you start to identify too many traits that make a THOW different than an Airstream (some percentage of wood cladding, for example), you run the risk of having regulations in a definition — it’s legal, but piss poor coding practice.

If you’re prohibiting THOWs, defining a tiny house becomes a lot easier. Put conditions in the code body — no wheels, not roadgoing unless it’s on a flat trailer, must have skirting to conceal the underbody, must have permanent utility connections, etcetera.
 
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