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Tiny house advocacy is happening all over the US (and world). Your help is needed! Here we share the latest legalize tiny efforts, calls to action, and of course, victories. Follow along to stay up-to-date on important news. Contact Tiny House Expedition with any relevant information that you would like us to share.  

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Tiny House Forum in Smithville, TX: Make Your Voice Heard

Attend the Forum to Voice Your Support for Tiny Houses As part of the Greater Austin metropolitan area, Smithville is reviewing how tiny houses could fit in their community and help address their housing needs. Do you live in or near Smithville, Texas? If so, come out to support creating a legal place for tiny…

Update: New York Approves IRC Appendix Q

Officials Want to Hear from You: Make a Public Comment by 9/10 in Support of Appendix Q Have you submitted your comment? We did! Have you submitted your comment? We did! New York state is in the IRC 2018 adoption process, which includes the option Appendix Q for tiny houses. If approved and adopted, this…

Call-To-Action: Tiny House Ordinance Proposed in SE Minnesota

Attend the October Planning & Zoning Meeting in Oronoco, Minnesota Local American Tiny House Association Chapter Leader, Cheri Beth Roshon needs your help. At the upcoming Oronoco P&Z meeting, she will help draft a movable tiny house zoning ordinance. In preparation, she is asking local advocates to support this effort by sharing the demand for…

Washington State Opens Public Comment for Amended Appendix Q

Live in Washington? Make a Public Comment by 9/27 on Proposed Appendix Q Changes   Back in May, Governor Inslee signed a historic state-wide tiny house bill into law, ESSB 5383. Among other things, it mandated the state building code council (SBCC) to adopt tiny house building standards, including the IRC Appendix Q. Read all about…

Virginia Becomes 7th State to Approve Tiny House Appendix

VA is Set to Adopt IRC Tiny House Appendix Q with Zero Opposition   Just a few years ago tiny house building code discussion was completely shut-down in Virginia. Now it looks like they’ll join other states like Massachusetts, California, Idaho, Maine, Oregon, and Georgia to adopt International Residential Code, Appendix Q for Tiny Houses…

City of LA Moves Forward with Tiny House Zoning: Another Hurdle Cleared

After Six Months of Waiting, LA Ready to Vote on ADU Ordinance, includes Movable Tiny Houses 6/12/19 Update from Dan Fitzpatrick, American Tiny House Association Director of Government Relations and Advocacy: “Council Committee Update: The LA Council land use committee gave direction to make several amendments to the ADU ordinance and bring it back to the…

Tiny House Appendix Approved in Massachusetts

MA Becomes 6th State to Adopt IRC Tiny House Appendix Q Massachusetts joins California, Idaho, Maine, Oregon, and Georgia to become one of the first states to adopt International Residential Code, Appendix Q for Tiny Houses. Also, other statewide adoption in the works include Washington and Florida. It provides a model building code for houses…

Tiny House Model Building Code Now Mandated Across ALL of California

IRC Tiny House Appendix Q to be Accepted in Every CA Jurisdiction , Effective 1/1/2020 The 2018 International Residential Code’s Appendix Q is an optional provision for state and local governments. It officially defines a tiny house and creates a construction code specific to the needs of building under 400 square feet. While this addresses…

Washington Passes Tiny House State Bill

Update 5/9/19: Governor Inslee Signs Tiny House Bill   After the Washington State Congress passed the historic tiny house bill, 95-0, Governor Inslee signed the bill into law.  Senate Bill 5383, sponsored by Senator Hans Zeiger, is far-reaching and multifaceted. Most importantly, it legitimizes THOWs as permanent dwellings.   “We all know of the need for more…

Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Site Plan is Approved, Finally

Update 5/9/19: Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Site Plan is Officially Approved. Finally! The Lake Dallas City Council unanimously approved the site plan and amendments to the Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Planned Development Ordinance! The council agreed to give us 24 months to install the landscaping sprinkler system. Thank you those who showed up…

Grassroots advocates are working to legitimize tiny housing through educational initiatives and collaboration with local and state-level policymakers on common sense regulations. Their shared goal is to create more housing options to meet the needs of all residents.

Legal acceptance is critical for gaining access to financing, insurance and more secure placement of tiny homes. The biggest obstacles, restrictive zoning and building codes, are slowly but surely being overcome. To learn more, watch our docu-series, Living Tiny Legally.

-Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons, Creators of Living Tiny Legally

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