Could "Tiny Houses" Finally Have A Clear Path of Acceptance?

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Could "Tiny Houses" Finally

Have A Clear Path of Acceptance?

 

It's an odd coincidence that this new piece of legislation just came across my desk today as Melissa Zavala and I were just discussing the subject of "TINY HOMES" 
at our recent Fall Active Rain Meet Up.

 

But here it is fresh off the press. This will be a boon to the Tiny House and Manufactured Home Industry. I will keep you informed and up to date as I receive more information.

 

In the meantime please feel free to contact me  anytime for additional information about how to proceed with the purchase and installation of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). You may  email me at onthelevel@cox.net or reach me on my cell anytime at 760 815-6977.

 

STATE OF CALIFORNIA - BUSINESS, CONSUMER SERVICES AND HOUSING AGENCY EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor

 

 DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

DIVISION OF CODES AND STANDARDS

STATE HOUSING LAW PROGRAM

2020 W. El Camino Avenue, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA  95833

P.O. Box 1407, Sacramento, CA  95812-1407

(916) 445-9471 / FAX (916) 263-5348

From TDD Phones 1-800-735-2929

www.hcd.ca.gov

 

 

 

November 9, 2016

 

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN (2016-06) (SHL)

 

 

TO: Local Governing Bodies

Local Code Enforcement Agencies

Factory-Built Housing Manufacturers

Interested Parties

State Agencies and Departments

 

 

FROM: Richard Weinert, Deputy Director

Division of Codes and Standards

 

SUBJECT: 2016 California Residential Code (CRC) – Change to dwelling unit requirements for minimum floor area, and current rulemaking cycle proposal to repeal efficiency dwelling unit requirements from the 2016 CRC

 

 

The purpose of this Information Bulletin (IB) is to notify local governing bodies, code enforcement agencies, and factory-built housing manufacturers of changes to the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) which were adopted into the 2016 California Residential Code (CRC) and will take effect on January 1, 2017, which will allow for design and construction of dwellings considerably smaller than efficiency dwelling units.

 

Section R304.1 of the 2013 CRC, based on the 2012 IRC, requires all newly constructed one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than 3 stories above grade to have “…at least one habitable room that shall have not less than 

120 square feet (11m2) of gross floor area.”  The 120 square feet requirement was removed from Section R304.1 of the 2015 IRC and will not be carried forward as a requirement in the 2016 CRC.  This change to the model code will allow smaller 

dwelling units to be designed and constructed using the 2016 CRC.  Specifically, the new language provides for the new minimum area requirement of habitable rooms to have a floor area of not less than 70 square feet (6.5m²).  

 

In accordance with the 2016 CRC, a dwelling unit could be sized to accommodate a habitable room(s) with a minimum of 70 square feet; contain a bathroom including water closet, lavatory and bathtub or shower; and a kitchen area with a sink.  Habitable rooms, not including the kitchen, are required to have a minimum horizontal dimension of 7 feet.  Bathrooms, toilet rooms, closets, halls, storage or utility spaces and similar areas are not considered habitable rooms. 

 

In an effort to avoid the potential for confusion between the scope and application of the California Building Code (CBC) and the CRC, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) intends to repeal existing California amendments (specifically, the definition of “efficiency dwelling unit” located in Chapter 2 and Section R304.5 of the 2016 CRC) during the current 2016 Intervening Code Adoption Cycle with an effective date of July 1, 2018.  It is HCD’s opinion that the provisions of the CRC should not mandate a larger dwelling unit (i.e., efficiency dwelling unit) than the 2015 IRC requires.  HCD requests that local enforcing agencies share this IB with all interested or affected parties.  In the interim HCD does not intend for local governing bodies or code enforcement agencies to enforce the provisions of CRC Section R304.5 or CBC Section 1208.4 on detached single-family dwellings or “tiny homes” built on a foundation pursuant to the CRC.  In all other respects, these dwelling units shall conform to the minimum prescriptive requirements for residential dwelling units. 

 

Repealing the CRC definition of “efficiency dwelling unit” and Section R304.5 will not impact the minimum prescriptive requirements of efficiency dwelling units as applied to buildings regulated pursuant to the building code, as set forth in Section 1208.4 of the 2016 CBC.  

 

If you have any questions regarding this Information Bulletin, please contact the 

State Housing Law Program at (916) 445-9471.

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Melissa Zavala
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I look forward to seeing how this plays out. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 09, 2016 06:37 AM #1
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Thought you might like to know about this Melissa Zavala ,

Nov 09, 2016 06:48 AM #2
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Thanks for sharing this, John. I remember the discussion with Melissa. Will be interesting to see where it goes.

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Nov 09, 2016 07:04 AM #3
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I remember about a decade ago I first became familiar with the tiny home movement!  I know a number of millennials who have embraced it!

Nov 09, 2016 07:42 AM #4
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Can't believe how uncanny the timing of this was Jeff Dowler 

Nov 09, 2016 02:23 PM #5
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Millennials will no doubt lead the charge in this budding industry Myrl Jeffcoat 

Nov 09, 2016 02:24 PM #6
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning John. I am very taken with the tiny house movement. I wish it existed when I was just beginning my career. I look forward to your posts about it. TY

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Chris Ann Cleland
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I admire the folks who could live in such small quarters, especially with a family.

Nov 10, 2016 06:08 AM #8
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I think it will be an exciting growth industry to look forward to Sheila Anderson 

Nov 12, 2016 11:02 AM #9
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Not so sure it's a fit (literally and figuratively) for a fam Chris Ann Cleland but I do think it's great for a single, senior downsizing to more humble means or a young couple just getting started.

Nov 12, 2016 11:03 AM #10
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I think we should all move towards living in smaller houses. Why do we 'need' so much space anyway? It's less of an impact on the environment and would free up more green space.

Nov 17, 2016 12:48 AM #11
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Small is Beautiful but I'll be keeping my home of 35 years, however, I think I'll be adding a Tiny House for a Granny Flat Anonymous 

Nov 17, 2016 02:38 AM #12
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I'd love to live in a tiny house instead of condo and many of my clients would. The problem with tiny homes, typically less than 500 sqft: they won't appraise, since there are no comps for such( no smaller than 40-80% of the size of a comparable nearby home). So buyers who want a new small and not wasteful home won't get a loan, unless they pay cash. 

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I'm more focused on ADU's Inna Ivchenko That's the future for hi density neighborhoods.

Feb 08, 2017 08:37 PM #14
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It's all about red tape, legislation, politics and NIMBISM Christopher James As time goes by and people begin seeing average working class folks living in their cars just to be closer to work perhaps then society will wake up and smell the fragrance of more intimate and mosdest living conditions.

Tiny Houses will have a long road to hoe due to the way they are constructed with very little regulation. On the other hand ADU's will and are moving the ball down the field much more rapidly since the new California laws went into effect.

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