26 Mar Reducing the Fears of Zoning and Codes for Tiny Homes
Ask anyone who has their finger on the pulse of the tiny house movement what potential buyers’ greatest fears revolve around and almost every answer will align with the simple question of where to park your tiny. When a home is built on wheels, it can carry with it several yards of red tape to wade through in order to make the governing bodies or municipalities happy when configuring a place to park.
Some builders and small home dwellers were interviewed about their process for partnering with home buyers to assure them the security of a safe and legal place to park their dream tiny.
While few RV parks don’t accept tiny homes or park models at all, many do! However, nearly all RV parks require a certification and decal to be on the tiny homes and park models that occupy their pads. NOAH RDI decals represent that that home is built to ANSI standards and has been inspected by a 3rd party during construction. The certification can also aid in obtaining financing and insurance. This step ensures the safety of your build and makes it much easier to park your tiny, park model, or modular in any RV park across the US.
Zoning typically refers to city expectations and many people feel that tiny houses are illegal because the city cannot collect taxes.
Many builders partner with RV Parks and [land] developers to offer parking spaces to clients that are either out of a city’s jurisdiction or are in an RV park that is legally zoned and permitted for RV’s to park. Having a NOAH certification seal can allow a homeowner access to some parks where others would not permit entrance.
For instance, the State of Texas does not allow counties to create or enforce zoning laws. If a property is outside of a city’s limits or ETJ, an RV park may be developed on any property so long as a professionally OSSF (On-Site Segway Facility) AKA Septic System is professionally designed and is compliant with county and state code, it is legal.
NOAH members have access to consultation and recommendation to explore all options for legal parking. We will give you methods to search for properties to purchase, call our RV park contacts to check on current availability, and show you some online tools for you to do your own searching.
NOAH’s highly trained staff is incredibly knowledgeable about ordinances, codes, and zoning so this allows folks to offer great options to park your dream tiny, THOW, park model, or modular home without fearing legal ramifications.