There are several options when it comes to locations to park and live in your tiny house. The most common are rural land, a back yard, or an RV/Mobile home park.
It used to be a lot harder to find a location to park and live in a tiny house, but with their growing popularity this is becoming easier. However, it is still the biggest challenge to moving into a tiny house. The issue is that most counties classify tiny houses as being RV’s, and most counties don’t allow people to live in RV’s. There are several reasons for this, one of which is that no property taxes are collected on RV’s. When you live in a county, the people of that county generally want you to contribute to the cost of the infrastructure (schools, roads, etc). The county also wants to control the population level in specific areas, again, because of the burden on infrastructure.
Know the rules.
So the idea of a bunch of new residents showing up in an area, living in RV’s, not designed to support them is undesirable. However, there are groups all over the US that are trying to get a unique classification for tiny houses that will allow them to be lived in. Often, this effort is accompanied by some concession on paying taxes. This is being done on a county by county basis, so you will need to check with your local government for information on how this is handled in your area.
In the meantime, most people are just choosing to live in their tiny house regardless of what the local rules are. Since there are so few of them, they usually ‘fly under the radar’. Most code enforcement agencies are complaint driven, meaning they only show up if someone submits a formal complaint. Regardless of where you decide to put your tiny house, we recommend being really good neighbors.