Fresno, Calif., is leading the charge in residential tiny house regulation, reports KQED News staffer Sasha Khokha. The city has officially written tiny house authorizations into its development codes, and is the first city in the nation to do so.
The new rules specifically pertain to tiny homes on wheels, and now allow them to be parked as a secondary, permanent dwelling, either for use by the homeowner or as a rental unit. Some California counties, including Alameda, Contra Costa and Napa, already allow cottages on wheels to be parked in yards when used as a caregiver dwelling if the homeowner needs assistance.
“This is an important step forward for the tiny house movement because it sets a precedent for other jurisdictions nationwide,” says Amy Turnbull, one of the directors of the American Tiny House Association. “This ordinance sends a clear message: we need to adapt our codes to accommodate new housing models and we need to do it quickly and decisively.”