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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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…

Tiny House Subdivision Comes to Bend, OR

Bend’s first tiny house subdivision, The Hiatus, is now open. It was developed by local tiny house builder, Tongue & Groove Homes. The community consists of 22 lots for 400-500 square foot tiny homes on foundation, under the local cottage housing development code. Tour the model home, 12-4pm, every Thursday–Saturday Each house is being sold…

Oregon Reach Code Creates Tiny House Building Guidelines

OR Reach Code with Alternative Building Standards for Tiny Houses, NOW In-Effect & Influencing Local Land Use Codes The new Oregon Reach Code is a voluntary set of standards with a section dedicated to tiny houses. These are can be utilized in place of state building codes, by a DIYer or pro-builder. It requires building…

Lyons, CO Approves Movable Tiny Houses as ADUs

9 THOW Permits NOW Available in Lyons, CO Tiny houses first came to Lyons, a charming little city in Boulder County, by way of the WeeCasa tiny house hotel. Shortly after, local advocates and a new city planner recognized them as an opportunity to increase affordable housing stock. Simblissity Tiny Homes was one of the…

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