Where Can You Park a Tiny House?


Macy Miller writes a very informative blog MiniMotives about building and living in a 196-square-foot tiny home. She wrote this article about where you can park a tiny house. Follow this link for the complete article.

This is probably the most common question I get, “Where can you park a tiny house?” I have no idea why I haven’t just done a post on this, I’ve answered it individually at least 300 times… So, here is the answer:

You can park it almost anywhere it will fit for at least a little while (ha! not helpful, huh? :)). Parking and living in a tiny house — legally — very few places (so far). The answer to this is pretty much ‘parts of Portland’ as an accessory dwelling unit to another structure only. I have heard from Portland folks though that this is even a blurry line, some say it’s still taboo some say they live tiny and have gone through the process of making their tiny ‘legal.’

Where to live is the one major sticking point (understandably) that prevents a lot of people from choosing tiny. It is a big investment to take for limited security. This is the ‘grey area’ that you hear a lot of tiny housers having to make themselves comfortable with in order to live the lifestyle. My feelings are that, in order to effect change, you have to have pressure and a wave of people pushing in order to change feelings/zoning; that is the reason I felt comfortable building even with this grey zone. I am willing to have that discussion with officials to try to shift the paradigm if/when it comes up.


3 Responses to Where Can You Park a Tiny House?

  1. gauchoman2002 says:

    I’ve wondered this as well. Short of having your own land, or living in an extremely progressive place like Portland, where do you park/cite your tiny home? I look forward to more posts on the topic!

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