Tiny House Advocacy News

Tiny house advocacy is happening all over the US (and world). Your help is needed to acceptance of tiny homes as dwellings! 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.

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Sacramento Mayor Calls for Tiny House Acceptance & Mass Production

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg wants to spend 30 million to jumpstart the rapid production of tiny homes. Mayor Steinberg sees tiny housing as an opportunity to quickly and more affordable address dire housing shortages, sky-rocketing costs, fire devastation, and the expansive homeless population. “My hope is that with a little bit of financial incentive, hopefully…

Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Officially Opens: Spots Still Available

Lake Dallas Tiny Home Village Officially Opens! When we first met developer Terry Lantrip, he was standing in a grassy, empty lot describing his vision for a one-of-a-kind community. He just emerged victorious from the approval of the zoning ordinance for his tiny house development in Lake Dallas, Texas, inside the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. We met…

Update: Tiny House Forum in Smithville, TX, Yields Positive Results

10/30: Tiny House Forum was a BIG Success! “Monday evening I represented the Tiny House Industry Association and the American Tiny House Association in Smithville, TX, a community outside Austin. A group of City Council and community members gathered to hear my presentation of tiny homes and how they could be incorporated within their community.…

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 Approves 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…

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…

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