Tiny House Community: Places with No Building Codes

One of the barriers to owning a small home is regional legislation against houses under a certain size. If you want to build it yourself, or live in a place that isn’t exactly conventionally constructed, then your options can be even more limited. Worry not, because the Tiny House Blog is here to help you find the right locale for you.


First, if an earthship style house is right up your alley, then a good resource for you then The Earthship Academy has put together a helpful infographic to narrow down your search for locations to choose from. In any of the counties marked green, prior earthship owners have done the necessary legwork to determine whether a tiny house of that particular style can be built there or not.


Second, if you want to hedge your bets, you can opt for a tiny house on wheels. As long as it’s roadworthy, your tiny house will be treated like a mobile home and fall under the same regulations as recreational vehicles. A DIY job is considerably tougher in the context, so I would definitely recommend hiring the experts to do this for you.


Finally, you can try to find a piece of land in an unincorporated rural area where you can build a tiny house and not have to jump through thousands of hoops. Every county will be different, and before you break ground, you’ll definitely want to touch base with government officials in your area to verify that you’ve got a green light to go ahead.


My favorite place to build a tiny house would be Scotland County Missouri, in an existing village of dozens of tiny houses. The village is about twenty years old and home to some fifty people of all ages. We live in homes of varying sizes and made of varying materials, from straw bales and clay to OSB and blown cellulose. Because there are no building codes in our county, we are able to live in environmentally friendly houses of our own design, often times built by our own hands. There are also two builders who live locally and can help you negotiate the procedure for building a tiny home in the area, and are available to be contracted by anyone who does want to do all the work themselves. For more information check out our website.


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Ann Fleming - December 9, 2016 Reply

i am interested in any information about tint communities
in Ontario Canada… thank you!!
Merry Christmas!!

Spencer & Emily - December 14, 2016 Reply

Thanks for the information. Doing research right now on tiny houses and this is something else to add into the mix. Where actually can I put it and it looks like a qualified builder would be best for the build.

    Trisha - January 8, 2017 Reply

    I don’t know if I am allowed to post this or not. I guess they will delete it if I am not.
    I love what Dancing Rabbit is, but I am an elder orphan, and I am looking for other elder orphans to start a community in the desert of AZ. If a couple only one needs to be an elder orphan.
    Get in touch if you or someone you know is interested!

LInS - January 1, 2017 Reply

Any tiny house communities in or around the Austin area- Buda, Kyle, etc?
Thanks for your website.

Ivy Bickl - November 28, 2018 Reply

Co-op Eco village community building Hobbit houses now accepting applications for shareholders $1,000 down $200 a month for a quarter acre lifetime lease Community built with free materials from our Eco junk division in Missouri

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