One of the most impressive characteristics of tiny homes is their mobility. Unlike standard residences, many types of tiny homes can be moved at the whim of the owner. Many tiny home owners who have caught a case of wanderlust or enjoy the modern nomadic lifestyle often wonder if their tiny homes can be parked in RV parks.
So the question is: Can Tiny Homes be Parked in RV Parks?
At present, most RV campgrounds are friendly to tiny homes. You can choose between State Parks, National Parks, overnight parking lots, and other campgrounds available in several places around the country.
You can also park on private land if local regulation allows it, and some tiny home owners even settle in a residential driveway.
Furthermore, there are a couple of locales that are accommodating to RV's as tiny homes and some that treat tiny homes as RV's. Some cities even reserve particular areas for full-time tiny home residents, like in some areas of California and Colorado.
Tiny House Regulations
One potential drawback of owning a tiny house is actually finding a place where parking is allowed. City and county zoning, planning, and building codes are different in every area and will define where you can legally park your tiny home and for how long.
When the regulation treats your tiny home like an RV, you are usually allowed to park within the property of a friend or a family member. However, staying there permanently is often prohibited.
Luckily, more and more municipalities are transforming their zoning regulations to accommodate tiny homes. In fact, the International Code Council, who formulates standard building codes, recently added guidelines specific to this type of alternative housing.
States that currently allow tiny homes to settle in RV parks are Alaska, California, Florida, Texas, Oregon, and Tennessee. Some of these states, however, require you to register the tiny homes as residential abodes so the authorities will not shoo you away.
Thanks to the growth of the trend, it will only be a matter of time that most states in the US will permit tiny homes to situate in RV parks without worrying about the prohibitions.
State laws are already quite flexible towards tiny homes that have a Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) certification. This certification allows you to park in most RV parks in the US. Unfortunately, this certification only applies to homes meant to be occupied for a short amount of time.
Now, if you’re looking to stay in a subdivision for a longer period, you may move to a city that has officially legalized tiny houses, not just RV parking. Some that are expanding tiny house acceptance (other than the ones already mentioned) are Fresno, some areas of Quebec, and Portland.
These locations offer affordable housing options and have developers that create tiny houses. These cities generally recognize tiny homes as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's) and have tiny co-housing communities.
Can These Locations Sustain The Utilities Of Your Tiny Home?
Another factor to consider when finding a parking space is whether your tiny home is designed for living “off-grid” or “on-grid.”
If your house is powered by off-grid electricity, you will need to find an RV Park or lot area where the sun would hit your solar panels directly.
If off grid, you would also need to fill your freshwater tank every week and empty your compost toilet regularly. This means that you have to find a spot that allows you to do all these things without traveling far.
Rentals For Temporary Tiny House Residents
Many RV Parks also offer cabins or Park Model RV's, so you can try out tiny living AND the actual location you want to stay!
Finding Tiny Home Parking Online
If you are not familiar with the local ordinances in towns where you may reside for a short while, it is possible to find the perfect location through various websites. Some platforms such as Meetup and Craigslist advertise certain locations that welcome tiny homes.
My Tiny House Parking is a website that offers listings for private tiny home spots, tiny home friendly RV parks, and tiny house communities. It shows you an interactive map to help you find the perfect location without undergoing extensive research.
Through these sites, homeowners usually contact a resident of a particular town who offers their backyard, parking lot, or driveway to tiny home owners. These residents often have knowledge of the current ordinances regarding RV or tiny house parking.
You save time on inquiring about what’s allowed and what’s not allowed for tiny homes in the vicinity. You also get to discover potential leads and meet other people living nearby for your next parking destination.
Just Call Them
Truly, once you find an RV Park that you think might be right for you, just give them a call. Most KOA's are independently owned so their policies toward tiny houses will vary. Several Good Sam parks have gone so far as to add entire Tiny House sections to their parks.
Many Tiny Living bloggers have mentioned the accepting attitude of Thousand Trails campgrounds, and there are hundreds of independently owned campgrounds in North America. You will get the most accurate and up-to-date information by simply talking to an actual human at the RV Park you are considering.
With these resources in hand, you will be able to find your perfect worry-free community and enjoy your stay! Happy tiny house living!