Has any one had dealings with the small housing units to be set in residential zoned areas. Would like to know how other towns or cities have dealt with with this. How would you handle the zoning requirements to allow this. Would you require it to be set on a foundation or have other amendments been done to allow this. Any comments or suggestions would be great.
Don't know what codes or amendments you are using in Colorado... but I'm not sure you can meet the minimum IRC standards for habitable dwelling units in only 200 SF gross building area. Even HUD standards for single occupant units used to be something over 300SF (I'm trying to remember back a lot of years for that number).
Consider that in CA you can construct up to a 120 sq ft bldg. with out a permit. No where does it say how many you can build or how close together (smiling). A famous furniture designer in Ranch Cucamonga built an entire house this way. As to foundations, steel platforms keep the wood off the ground and dead weight keeps it from moving.
a 'playhouse' less than 120 SF... not a residence
Ever seen how small a structure a homeless person lives in, or a tree house?
I am trying to find out how any other AHJ is handling "Tiny Houses". They don't seem to be built to any specification or code. They appear to be closer to an RV than a home. Do other areas have any restrictions for them or are they allowed in any area of towns if so how.
The residential code lists "work exempt from permit" under multiple categories: building, electrical, mechanical and gas. The exemption under "building" is limited to the structure only (not electrical, mechanical or gas) and the uses are limited specifically to "tool sheds", "storage sheds", "playhouses" or similar uses. Even though no permit is required for the structure, electrical, mechanical, plumbing or gas would typically require a separate permit.
IRC: R105.2 Work exempt from permit. Permits shall not be required for the following. Exemption from permit requirements of this code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction.
1. One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 120 square feet (11.15 m2).
In the jurisdiction where I worked, we had additional requirements that allowed only one exempt building under this section per dwelling unit.
Ok, so having one 10 x 12 on a lot, can I Iater add another? Can they be connected? If so, solid wall abutting solid wall? Door between allowed?
do not conflate exemptions for building permits with restrictions of planning/zoning codes... zoning still controls number, size and location of any physical features allowed on a property... if you have 'design' restrictions or HOA CCR's, you would also still have to comply with those regulations
example only: you may not need a building permit to build or haul in and set up a 10x10 tool shed made of unpainted galvanized rippled steel panels, but you would still not be allowed to put it in a restricted yard (i.e. in your front yard near the sidewalk)...