Movable Tiny House as ADU

San Diego (City), California


Name Movable Tiny House as ADU
Municipality San Diego (City)
Zoning Districts Generally, zones that permit Residential Uses
Effective Date 10/01/2020
Municipal Code Chapter 14, Article 01, Division 03: 141.0318 Movable Tiny Houses
Code Link
Authority Development Services Department (DSD)


A movable Tiny House is a manufactured and transportable accessory structure on a residential lot that provides living facilities for one or more persons, independent of the primary dwelling unit, which include permanent provision for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation.

A Movable Tiny House constructed to comply as relocatable manufactured housing pursuant to Title 25, California Code of Regulations and Title 24, Code of Federal Regulations shall comply with the Building Standards in those respective regulations and with regulations for Movable Tiny Houses found in SDMC Chapter 14, Article 01, Division 03.

The code link above describes the ordinance in detail and provides information on the permit application process.


Key Contacts

Land Use Authorities, Boards & Advisors


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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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