Santa Clara Gives Green Light To Movable Tiny Homes

Movable Tiny Homes  As Backyard ADUs

Statement From Dan Fitzpatrick, President Of THIA

Fabulous news from Santa Clara County, California (the Silicon Valley!).
The County of Santa Clara has given the Green Light to Movable Tiny Hames as ADUs! The ordinance, modeled after the LA City ordinance, becames law mid-April!
The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance has been APPROVED this week by the County Board of Supervisors. This ordinance permits Movable Tiny Hauses as permissible and permanently habitable accessory dwelling units (ADU).

Suffice it to say that, now that one of California’s large urban counties recognizes  Movable Tiny Homes  as habitable ADU’s, it will go a long way in providing a model for other counties around the country.
The Tiny Hame Industry Association (THIA) has been spending many months guiding this ordinance and are very pleased with the county’s approval.

Movable tiny home : A structure on wheels used for dwelling purposes that provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons and is located on the same lot as the primary dwelling (single-family or multifamily) to which it is an accessory use. It includes permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same parcel as the primary dwelling to which it is accessory.

It complies with all State of California requirements, is constructed in compliance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 119.5 standard, cannot move under its own power, is licensed and registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, is no larger than allowed by state law for movement on public highways, and has at least 100 square feet of enclosed space (see Sections 2.10.020 and 4.10.015).


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