Tiny House On Wheels as ADU

San Jose (City), California


Name Tiny House On Wheels as ADU
Municipality San Jose (City)
Zoning Districts R-1, R-2, R-M on lots that have one single-family residence
Effective Date 05/29/2020
Municipal Code Section 20.30.495 and Section 20.200.327
Code Link https://library.municode.com/ca/san_jose/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT20ZO_CH20.30REZODI_PT4.5ACDWUN_20.30.495TIHOWHTH
Authority Housing & Community Development Commission, City Council


Modeled after the LA City ordinance, the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance approval permits Movable Tiny Houses as permissible and permanently habitable accessory dwelling units.

San Jose offers a no-fee consultation with a City Planner who can answer your questions on this Tiny Home of Wheels Permit Checklist https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=59298. Due to COVID-19, please use email below and a planner will respond with an email or will call you.

For Section C: Property Designations of the THOW Permit Checklist, visit www.sjpermits.org and tap “Permits & Property Information”; enter your address; on the next screen, click on your property and select “Property Information.” A list of designations will appear.

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Key Contacts

Housing Department
200 E. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA  95113
(408) 535-8357


Source:  www.sanjoseca.gov/MunicipalCode
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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