Most tiny house enthusiasts are excited to get into their tiny house but have a hard time answering the most burning question, “Which states are tiny houses legal in?”
We’ve recently introduced a new series of articles in April 2020. We are in process of gathering data on ALL 50 states and giving them a rating based on need-to-know questions.
Below are the 50 states with their tiny house scores (averages of each county). If you’d like to see more detail on a particular state and explore the county or city information, select a state from the list below.
If you’d like to see the details of the scoring system used to rate tiny house friendliness, check out the detailed guide here.
Understand the Terms
If you aren’t familiar with zoning terms, Zoning-Info.com explains the terms commonly used in zoning regulations. It’s very helpful if you are new to the tiny house world or trying to understand your local zoning codes to see if tiny houses are allowed.
As for building codes, many states are adopting IRC’s Appendix Q on tiny houses. If you’re unfamiliar with Appendix Q, let me give you a brief overview. It defines tiny houses as a primary dwelling that is less than 400 square feet. It also gives the minimum requirements for building every aspect of a tiny house. These building codes are designed for tiny houses on foundations only.
United States Tiny House Score
Currently not enough states have been scored to display a country score.
When more than 10 states have been reviewed, I will update the country score.
Legality of Tiny Houses by State
Massachusetts is ready to accept tiny houses on foundations and many cities are already accepting them as primary residence on a lot. Some cities call them “cottages” and have specific places they are allowed to be, while some other areas (such as more densely populated areas) they are restricted from being built.
However, the state mainly classifies tiny houses on wheels as mobile homes. Many cities have negative association with mobile homes and have rejected them being placed in most or all of the boundaries.