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Movable Tiny Homes Are Now Legal In Santa Clara County: San Jose to Follow

The Tiny Homes Momentum continues in California.


The County of Santa Clara recently legalized movable tiny homes as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and the law is in effect as of mid-April.


This legislation is very exciting news for anyone interested in affordable housing and alternative living solutions.


The new county ordinance states that movable tiny homes are classified as a full-time housing option and eligible to connect to utilities.


The county offers the following definition for movable tiny homes:


“A structure on wheels used for dwelling purposes that provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons and is located on the same lot as the primary dwelling (single-family or multifamily) to which it is an accessory use. It includes permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same parcel as the primary dwelling to which it is accessory. It complies with all State of California requirements, is constructed in compliance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 119.5 standard, cannot move under its own power, is licensed and registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, is no larger than allowed by state law for movement on public highways, and has at least 100 square feet of enclosed space (see Sections 2.10.020 and 4.10.015).”


If your movable tiny home complies with local regulations, you can park it in your backyard, get it permitted, and connect to local utilities.


Since tiny homes now count as ADUs, you can rent it out to tenants if you choose to do so.


If you’d like to permit a movable tiny home, first check your eligibility to add an ADU to your residential property by using Housable’s free property check tool. Then verify your homeownership and review our ADU services to permit your new home (cost of $2-3k).


San Jose is following in Santa Clara County’s footsteps; the city has one more reading of the ordinance to go, and it will become law by the end of May.


Watch for other places like San Diego and Humboldt County to approve laws that designate Movable Tiny Homes as ADUs; both are conducting hearings and will ratify quickly.


Big changes!


If you have any questions about adding a tiny home to your property, please set up a free ADU consultation with Housable by calling 415-300-2387