Brevard (County), Florida
|Tiny House or Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) as Primary Residential Structure
|TR-3, PA, RRMH-1, RRMH-2.5, RRMH-5, GU, AGR, AU and AU(L)
|Chapter 22 – Buildings & Buildings Regulations; Article X – Tiny Houses on Wheels
|Planning & Development Department / Building Code
Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) means a residential structure when it is anchored to the ground, connected to utilities and meets the requirements of chapter 22, article X, subsection 22-811(b)(5). When a THOW is unanchored, it shall be considered to be a recreational vehicle as defined in chapter 62, article VI, subsection 62-1406(5)(d) and not a mobile or manufactured home or park trailer as defined by F.S. ch. 320.01.
Any owner or owner’s agent who desires to place a THOW for use as a primary residential structure shall first obtain a permit from the Planning and Development Department.
- The following documents must be submitted at the time of permit application: Completed permit application signed by the owner or owner’s agent.
- Survey/plot plan of the site location where the THOW is proposed to be placed.
- Verification from the county utility services department that the site location has access to public and/or private sanitary sewer systems; or, a copy of an onsite sewage disposal system permit issued by the state department of health for the site location if the THOW is connected to such a system.
- Anchor/tie down plans prepared, and signed and sealed by a Florida-registered professional engineer. Anchor/tie down plans must be designed to resist the wind loads determined in accordance with ASCE-7 Minimum Design Loads for Building and Other Structures published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
- Documentation verifying that the THOW has been designed and constructed in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A119.5. Said verification shall be performed by a Florida-registered professional engineer.
A permit shall become invalid unless all work necessary for the tiny house on wheels set-up, including utility connections, has been completed and passed inspection by the county within 180 days from the date the permit was issued.
Upon notification from the permit holder, the county will inspect that the set-up installation, including connection(s) to any applicable utility, and anchoring/tie-down of the tiny house on wheels has been performed in accordance with the approved engineered plans, approved survey/plot plan, and other permit documents. Inspection all utility connections includes, but is not limited to, potable water, sewer/septic systems, electric service connection, and natural gas connection, if applicable.
The county shall issue a certificate of occupancy upon determination that the tiny house on wheels was set-up in accordance with this article and the terms and conditions of the issued permit.
All information, documents and fee schedule can be found here: Tiny House on Wheels Permit Application
Planning & Development Department / Building Permits
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, FL 32940
Updated: February 2021 – Loran
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