Tiny House Advocacy News

Tiny house advocacy is happening all over N. America and the world. Your help is needed to acceptance of tiny homes as dwellings! Here we share legalize tiny efforts, calls to action, and of course, victories.

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THIA is the leading national advocacy group, and ATHA is currently switching gears to help fund individual projects to get more people in legal tiny homes.

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…

Auburn, MA Votes to Allow THOWs as Caretaker ADUs

Update 5/8/19: Tiny House Zoning Bylaw Passes in Annual Town Meeting After a months-long and town-wide advocacy campaign, the town of Great Barrington approved an accessory dwelling unit zoning bylaw that includes movable tiny houses. Now it goes to the Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey, to be signed.The AG is anticipated to sign it, as she…

Great Barrington, MA Votes to Allow Movable Tiny Houses as ADUs

Update 4/26/19: Tiny House Zoning Bylaw to be Voted on at Annual Town Meeting In support of the movable tiny houses zoning amendment, local advocates with the American Tiny House Association and B&B Micro Manufacturing are hosting a tiny house open house on Sunday, May 5th. Details available here.   3/11/19: The proposed tiny house…

City Councilmember and Tiny House Ally Runs for Dallas Mayor

Dallas Mayoral Candidate Scott Griggs Supports Tiny Houses The DFW Tiny House Enthusiasts are hosting a tiny house Q&A with Scott Grigs, Dallas mayor candidate. He is a current City Councilmember (Oak Cliff district) and in favor of tiny houses acceptance in the city. Q&A PURPOSE: ~ To educate everyone in the room about tiny…

Legal Parking Option for THOWs Comes to Flagstaff, AZ

New Mobile Home Parking to Include Tiny House Lots Developer, Hope Construction signed a contract with city to build a mobile home park on an undeveloped piece of land. Of the 30 future lots, six will be dedicated for tiny houses on wheels. Lot rents expected to run $500-$600/month. Learn More

Longwood, FL Moves Forward with Tiny House Community Land Use Ordinance

A Tiny House Community Could Be Next The City Commissioners in Longwood voted unanimously to welcome a tiny home neighborhood to the city— tiny houses on foundation only. Cornerstone Tiny Homes is now working to find land for the first community development. On March 23, they are hosting a tiny house open house in Longwood.…

City of Bend, OR Considers Allowing THOWs as ADUs

The city of Bend is actively looking into zoning language that would allow movable tiny houses as residences in accessory dwelling situations. There has been pressure on the city to come up with a solution after a young family was recently informed they had a mere ten days to vacate their tiny house on wheels.…

City of Corvallis, OR Passes Tiny House Friendly Code

The Corvallis City Council unanimously passed new code language Monday that will make it easier for developers to place ‘tiny houses’ on residential lots. “We’re proud to say our (tiny house) owner and advocate, Nathan Watson, has played a big role in helping get these changes pushed through. One step at a time, we’ll get…

Routt County, CO Approves Tiny House Building Code

Update 3/1/19: Routt County Adopts IRC Tiny House Appendix Q As a big step toward allowing their first tiny house on foundation community, Routt County adopted the IRC Appendix Q. Additionally, they also released an informational handout about how to gain a building permit and planning/zoning considerations for various forms of tiny housing. Local advocate and…

San Luis Obispo, CA APPROVES Movable Tiny Houses as ADUs

The Ripple Effect of Tiny House Acceptance Continues Across California San Luis Obispo becomes the second California city to approve movable tiny houses, aka tiny houses on wheels, as accessory dwelling units. In effect as of March 5, 2019. Apply HERE. They follow in Fresno’s footsteps, as documented in Living Tiny Legally, Part 1. This is…

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