Tiny Home on Wheels (THOW) as ADUs

Lyons (Town), Colorado


Name Tiny Home on Wheels (THOW) as ADUs
Municipality Lyons (Town)
Zoning Districts R-1, R-2, R-2A and A
Effective Date 01/07/2019
Municipal Code Sec. 16-10-70 (d)
Code Link https://library.municode.com/co/lyons/codes/municipal_code?nodeId=CH16ZO_ART10SURE_S16-10-70ACDWUN Ord. 1047 https://library.municode.com/co/lyons/ordinances/municipal_code?nodeId=991633
Authority Planning, Zoning and Land Use


Tiny Home means a dwelling unit built: (i) at a location other than the property on which it is proposed to be located, (ii) on a permanent chassis with wheels, (iii) with no attached motor as the means of propulsion, (iv) ) constructed by a manufacturer certified to comply with ANSI Standards, NFPA Standards and NEC Standards in its Tiny Home construction, (v) to be used as a dwelling unit, (vi) with the exterior appearance of a single-family dwelling unit, and (vii) otherwise complying with the provisions of this Section. Tiny Homes shall not include a small dwelling unit constructed on the site where it is proposed to be located. Tiny Homes may not exceed (i) four hundred (400) square feet in size, exclusive of porches or decks, or (ii) seventeen (17) feet in height, from ground to roof peak.

A Tiny Home on Wheels ADU may have separate ownership than the principal dwelling unit. A Tiny Home on Wheels ADU may not be used as a Short-Term Rental.

Limitation in Number. No more than ten (10) Tiny Homes may be used as ADUs within Lyons town limits. Upon approval of the tenth such Tiny Home, the Board of Trustees (BOT) may review the effects of Tiny Homes on Lyons’ affordable housing inventory and may, in its discretion, increase the total allowable number of Tiny Homes.  As of February 2021, we have been told by the town planner that Lyons has NOT reached the 10-unit limit.

Expiration Date, Amendment, Repeal. This subsection (d) of LMC Section 16-10-70 shall expire on the 5th (fifth) anniversary of its adoption (January, 2024) by the Board of Trustees unless the BOT extends the effective date thereof.

Removal of Tiny Homes. At least thirty (30) days prior to moving a Tiny Home off its approved site, the property owner shall notify the Town Planner in writing that the Tiny Home is to be moved and shall identify how utility connections will be secured or removed. Utility connections shall be inspected upon disconnection and shall be secured by the property owner to the satisfaction of the Town Building Official.

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Building Guides and Contacts:

Key Contacts

Community Development
432 5th Ave
PO Box 49
Lyons, CO 80540
(303) 823-6622


Source:  https://www.townoflyons.com/

Updated:  February 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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