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August 28, 2009

zoning and building woes and rethinking

Filed under: Zoning and laws — by accessahut @ 9:05 pm

All the metro area cities prohibit us from living year round in an RV and a tiny house on a trailer is classed as an RV.

Denver building code demands a minimum of 600 square feet for a house and a minimum lot size of 6,000 square feet or 3,000 square feet–unless it is grandfathered in. THere are 25 foot lots sometimes, and if you could prove a house was on that lot then you might be able to build on it. We saw an ad for 1900 square feet that claims it is grandfathered in and we will look at that.

But we don’t want to be in an area that pops and scrapes as our taxes would go sky high.


The Tiny House tips on zoning are unhelpful.

But the small house living ones are pretty good.


  1. Hi-

    I read an article on a tiny house site that said something about multi-dwelling zoning. Have you looked into this at all? If you can find something that is zoned as R2 or more, they are more likely to allow for smaller size requirements, such as in a townhouse complex or an apartment building.

    And hey, maybe you can get some other tiny house folks to come be your other residents. 😉

    Something to consider. Best of luck with your seeking.

    Comment by James — August 29, 2009 @ 10:13 am |Reply

  2. Good idea. We have thought about finding a vacant R2 lot. This would mean our caretaker(s) would have to come to us. Maybe college students? I like your idea of finding other tiny house people to join us. Maybe we build a common kitchen/dining room/library, and then we each have our own separate living spaces. Even if we did something like this, we’d want to be self contained in case we needed to move.

    Thanks for your good wishes!

    Comment by MaJe — August 29, 2009 @ 1:44 pm |Reply

  3. I’m pretty sure there are people out there in this very community (Tiny house living, etc.) that would be more than willing to help you out if you could provide them a place to keep their house in exchange. As you’ve seen, it is a bit of a challenge finding a place to keep these tiny houses.

    I’d go so far as to say that I’d consider it myself. We’re in Massachusetts now, but will be looking to relocate in six months or so. I know if the land provided the living conditions we wanted and the owners are good people, some kind of good arrangement could be reached. And I’m sure there are a lot of other people in the tiny house community who would jump at such an opportunity if we are not an ideal fit. 🙂

    Feel free to keep in touch if you decide to go this route.


    Comment by James — September 2, 2009 @ 6:48 am |Reply

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