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Regulatory Implications of Tiny Homes
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Regulatory Implications of Tiny Homes

Regulatory Implications of Tiny Homes

59 min
Credit: AICP CM

This course is approved forĀ 1 AICP CM Credit.

In this course we will define a tiny home and explore the history and appeal of this seemingly recent movement. Challenges associated with the legal development of this alternative residential option will be touched on and options for regulatory refinements and new provisions will be presented. We will explore options for siting tiny homes as a primary use, accessory use, and within a village of homes. This course will also provide information on recent, proposed additions to the International Residential Code that address tiny homes. We will end with a discussion of tiny homes in the media and concluding thoughts.

In This Course

  1. The instructor introduces the course.
  2. Definitions and History
    In this chapter, we will explore what constitutes a tiny home and the history of this seemingly recent housing trend.
  3. The Tiny Home Appeal
    This chapter touches on the appeal of tiny homes and common reasons for choosing this alternative housing option. We will also explore the tiny home demographic and occupant makeup.
  4. The Tiny Homes in the Media
    A number of television shows have highlighted the tiny home movement. Additionally, tiny homes have been the topic of conversation for newspapers, radio, and television stations.
  5. Regulatory Challenges
    In this chapter, we will explore nationwide difficulties for the legal development of tiny homes. We will touch on tiny homes as a primary and accessory use and the difficulties that arise when exploring both siting options.
  6. Options for Retrofitting Regulations
    This chapter explores options for modifying existing regulations or proposing new regulations that accommodate tiny homes as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). We will explore existing ADU regulations and means of refining these regulations with respect to removing discretionary processes, caregiver requirements, reduced parking standards, and passageway requirements. We will also touch on opportunities to integrate regulations that offer protections to the existing neighborhood and residents.
  7. Tiny Homes as the Primary Land Use
    This chapter provides an overview of how to regulate a tiny home as the primary use in a community. We will review basic requirements that have been adopted by some example municipalities. Additionally, we will cover appropriate zoning options for the siting of tiny homes as the primary use on a lot.
  8. Tiny Home Villages as the Primary Land Use
    Tiny villages are part of the tiny house movement. While many of these villages are still in the planning phase or serve as demonstrations for future, legal communities, they serve as the beginnings of new residential development potentials that could sweep the nation, following appropriate legislative provisions and adoption of regulations that support their occurrence. We will also take a look at how tiny home villages are emerging as options for addressing homelessness across the nation.
  9. Tiny Homes and Recent Developments in the IRC
    The legality associated with the development of Tiny Homes is two-fold: Building Codes and Zoning. Building Codes govern how you can build and zoning governs where you can place that built structure. The International Code Council (ICC) is the organization that creates the International Residential Code (IRC).
  10. Closing Thoughts
    Despite the existing challenges for tiny home development, as presented within this course, there is great optimism about the future of regulatory change to incorporate this new living option into the legal framework of jurisdictions across the nation.

Published 2017