Zoning & Placement
While tiny homes are a great option to take housing back into our own hands and live more economically, they are not THE solution to our affordable housing crisis. However, they are ONE SMALL solution if the question of zoning can be addressed more systematically to allow people to build and live in tiny homes in backyards, on vacant lots, and in areas where other forms of housing are not feasible.
Cities are changing zoning to allow for tiny homes and accessory dwelling units, and many tiny house advocates have spreadsheets of zoning information for their counties and states. We are consolidating the data into a crowdsourced database. To assist in this effort or for any questions, please reach out.
11 years ago I was asking the same question you are...If I build a tiny house where can I live in it?
I hesitated to begin my tiny house journey because of the uncertainty, but one day I decided I had to start. And not only did I build my own house, I built the nation's first urban tiny home community!
Zoning is different in every jurisdiction which makes it very confusing!
As more and more people contacted me wondering how we did it, I began teaching about zoning and tiny homes. I've worked with cities, communities, and thousands of individuals from around the country.
So if you've been wondering this as well, then check out ways to learn more below!
Even though the tiny house movement has grown enormously, the number one question I still get asked is:
WHERE CAN I PUT ONE?