Vehicular Residential Facilities Permitted in all Residential Zones

Oakland (City), California


Name Vehicular Residential Facilities Permitted in all Residential Zones
Municipality Oakland (City)
Zoning Districts All Residential Zones
Effective Date 01/19/2022
Municipal Code Ordinance 13666: Construction Innovation & Expanded Housing Options (CIO) -- Title 17.103.085 – Vehicular Residential Facilities
Code Link
Authority Planning & Building Department


The City of Oakland, California is now tiny home friendly. The Mayor and City Council approved a sweeping set of ordinances that permit movable tiny homes as not only accessory dwelling units (ADUs), but also as units that can be placed on a city lot by itself or with other units.

Known as the Construction Innovation and Expanded Housing Options Ordinance (CIO), the updated zoning regulations:

  • Allow residential occupancy of RVs and tiny homes on wheels on private property that are certified as safe and healthy,
  • Allow mobile homes and manufactured homes in all zoning districts where residential uses are permitted,
  • Establish density and opens space regulations for efficiency dwelling units, and
  • Establish height regulations for modular construction.

Need More Info:

Press Release by Mayor Libby Schaaf, Council President Shang Thao and Councilmember Dan Kalb.

Key Contacts

Planning & Building Department
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Suite 2114
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-3443
Planning & Building Website



Updated:  January 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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