Tiny Homes & legality

Where can I place a tiny home in San Diego County?

The simple answer: other than Mobile Home and RV Parks, you can't. 


However, thanks to new legislation in California, you can add an additional home in your back yard called an Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU). The ADU can be a tiny home as long as you follow the requirements of your local building department; meaning get a permit, build it right, pass an inspection with a building inspector (initially we were told there was a minimum square footage requirement of 400 or 450 sq/ft, which we now know is not correct. Based on information presented at the 2017 San Diego County ADU Status Conference the only square footage requirement is that you have at least one room with 72 square feet plus a bathroom, kitchen, and sleeping space).


For those who already have a piece of land with dreams of putting a tiny home on it... there's currently no legal way to do this. So, the folks you hear about that are doing it are flying under the radar. 


The good news is there has been a growing number of towns that are updating their building codes and community planning to allow for tiny homes. Interested in seeing examples of their changes? Click here.


Want to help change this? Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/residents-within-the-county-of-san-diego-legalize-tiny-homes-in-san-diego

Get the latest information on the legality of tiny homes in San Diego.


Below you can find info from communities that have already made the changes. Let's learn from them.

Examples of change

Fresno, CA - tiny home ordinance

Curious to see what they changed in Fresno to make tiny homes legal? Click here for their guide and here for our blog entry with more examples.

Pima County, AZ - tiny home permitting

Pima County defines a tiny house as a single family dwelling of maximum 400 square feet. Click here here to read more.

Lancaster County (PA) - tiny home planning tool

Lancaster County in PA has taken making tiny homes a reality for residence one step further. They have a planning tool! Click here to see it. Click here to read our blog on legal issues.

...and more

Tiny homes are rapidly changing zoning and building codes across the country. Check out American Tiny House Associations' list to read more. Click here to read our blog on legal issues.