Recreational Vehicles as Tiny Houses in Residential Zones

San Luis Obispo (City), California


Name Recreational Vehicles as Tiny Houses in Residential Zones
Municipality San Luis Obispo (City)
Zoning Districts Owner-Occupied Single-Family Residential Zones
Effective Date 11/01/2018
Municipal Code Recreational Vehicles: Use as Dwelling; Parked on Private Lot (17.86.210.E)
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Authority Community Development Department


The Community Development Department has created zoning regulations which included provisions for Tiny Homes on Wheels in the backyard of a site with an owner-occupied single-family resident.

Tiny Homes on Wheels are also referred to as Recreational Vehicles (RV) according to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and is required to receive a certification from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and registration by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

A Tiny Home on Wheels shall not have its wheels removed, all wheels and leveling/support jacks shall sit on a concrete, paved or compacted gravel surface sufficient to support its weight.  Tiny Homes with wheels removed and placed on a foundation are defined as a Dwelling Unit, or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), subject to additional requirements and California Building Code.

Click here to apply for a Tiny Home on Wheels in your backyard.

Key Contacts

Community Development Department
919 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA  93401
(805) 781-7170



Updated:  Loran – January 2021

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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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