Building Code and Legality Questions

Movement growing toward legalizing tiny houses—
120 square foot requirement eliminated from building code!
According to Tom Meyer, a building official active in the revision of modern building codes that inhibit affordable and sustainable residential construction, the requirement that each dwelling have at least one habitable room of 120 square feet has been eliminated in the 2015 International Residential Code. Below we see a view of the new 2015 IRC, courtesy of Meyer:


IRC R304x

Walsenburg, Colorado and Spur, Texas legalized Tiny Homes

Tiny Houses Legalized In Walsenburg, CO

First “Tiny House” Friendly City! –

Churches and Religious Institutions can get leniency around zoning issues to allow for Tiny Home Villages because of the following law:
The land use provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (RLUIPA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000cc, et seq., protect individuals, houses of worship, and other religious institutions from discrimination in zoning and landmarking laws (for information on RLUIPA’s institutionalized persons provisions, please refer to the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section )

Other Cities Have Used Specific Ordinances to Allow Tiny Home Villages
Example Ordinance
The following is the Municipal Ordinance used in Eugene, OR to allow Opportunity Village
Eugene – 130916-Permitted Sleeping Pilot Program_201308291042197673

Cottage Housing Ordinance – Seattle, WA:

Oregon Campground Statute – per Dignity Village

Kirkland Ordinance Allowing for “Innovative Housing Demonstration Projects”
Kirkland ordinance


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