Tiny Home on Wheels (THOW) as Permanent Dwelling

Chelsea (Town), Maine


Name Tiny Home on Wheels (THOW) as Permanent Dwelling
Municipality Chelsea (Town)
Zoning Districts
Effective Date 06/13/2019
Municipal Code Minimum Lot Size Ordinance; IV Standards; 9. Tiny Homes
Code Link https://chelsea100954815.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/doc009.pdf
Authority Planning Board


Tiny homes on wheels (a dwelling unit of less than 400 square feet) shall be classified as a recreational vehicle and shall meet all standards applicable to recreational vehicles.  If the tiny home is occupied for more than 6 months, it shall be classified as a permanent dwelling and shall comply with the lot and front requirements applicable to a residential dwelling unit.

Please see the Building Permit and Occupancy code for more information: https://chelsea100954815.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/building-permit_occupancy-ordinance.pdf

Key Contacts

Chelsea Town Office
Planning Board Department
560 Togus Road
Chelsea, ME  04330
(207) 582-4802



Source:  https://chelseamaine.org/

Updated:  April 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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