An Ordinance to Facilitate the Creation of Tiny Houses – PENDING / NOT YET EFFECTIVE

Raleigh (City), North Carolina


Name An Ordinance to Facilitate the Creation of Tiny Houses – PENDING / NOT YET EFFECTIVE
Municipality Raleigh (City)
Zoning Districts R-1, R-2, R-4, R-6, R-10, RX, OX, NX, CX, DX
Effective Date 01/01/2022
Municipal Code Ordinance TC-6-21 Tiny Houses
Code Link
Authority Planning Commission


This PENDING ordinance (TC-6-21 Tiny Houses) allows as a permitted use Tiny Houses up to 600 sf in size in all residential and some mixed-use zoning districts as permanent single-dwelling units.  It also calls for the use of Tiny Houses in Cottage Courts (in all zones except R-1 and DX) as well as Accessory Dwelling Units.

This ordinance is PENDING text change to the Unified Development Ordinance (Supp. No. 14 – Published October, 2021).  On October 26, 2021, the Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend tiny houses.  For more information, see Text Change Cases.

Key Contacts

Planning and Zoning Department
One Exchange Plaza, Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 996-2682

Permits and Inspections, Suite 400
(919) 996-2500 

About the Planning Commission

Planning and Development Department –Staff Directories



Updated:  July 2021 – Loran

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Building Code — Legislation that speaks to how to construct a tiny house.

Zoning Code — Legislation that speaks to how the lot will be used.


ADU — Accessory Dwelling Unit

DMV — Division of Motor Vehicles

IB — Industrialized Buildings

IRC — International Residential Code

PUD — Planned Unit Development

RV — Recreational Vehicle

SF — Single Family Dwelling

T — Transitional Housing

UDO — Unified Development Ordinance

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