The biggest obstacle by far preventing people from going tiny, is parking. Let’s face it, the laws surrounding tiny houses and specifically tiny houses on wheels, hav not yet caught up with the demand in some locations. Assuming you are already well versed on the zoning laws in your area, I’m going to dive right in to how to find parking for your tiny home
*NOTE: if you are not well versed or even vaguely familiar with your city and counties zoning law, do yourself a favor and get caught up! Zoning laws are extremely important when deciding where one should park their tiny home. Parked in the wrong zoning area, your home is subject to eviction YES eviction! So, read up on all those laws and bylaws BEFORE proceeding to save yourself some headaches down the road.
Before I talk about tiny house parking, I want to brush up on certification. According to the DMV, your tiny house is an RV, not a house, an RV. This means that if built to the right specifications, your house can receive RVIA certification. If your home is built by a reputable tiny house builder, RVIA certification will most likely be included in your price. If you are doing a self-build you would have to do the research and figure out how to build your house to those satisfaction. Your home DOES NOT need to be RVIA certified at all. Like all certifications, it can help you in certain places when trying to park your tiny, but it is not a necessity. Plenty of DIY tiny home builds find parking just fine without the unnecessary classification. Since my home was built by a builder, it is RVIA certified.
In general, there are three types of parking spots: Tiny house community, RV or campgrounds, and private land.
Tiny home community
Tiny home communities are perfect for the individuals who want to be surrounded by like minded people, and still have that sense of community. I live in a tiny house community and I can attest that it is in fact wonderful! Unfortunately, they are hard to find. Not all states have them and some of them have long wait list. One community in Orlando has a waitlist of 3 months! But, if you are fortunate enough to have one in your state, they are a great place to park a tiny. I found my tiny house community by doing a google search. I googled tiny house communities Florida. Tiny house communities near (insert city here I’m not telling y’all where I live). Tiny house communities in the United States so on and so forth, you get the picture. I googled every possible rendition of tiny house community until I found the one I’m parked in now. If there are no tiny house communities in your state, and you’re not willing to move out of state, then this option may not be for you at this moment, but fear not, there are plenty of other options out there for you!
RV park or campgrounds
Another popular parking location for tiny houses on wheels, is RV parks and campgrounds. Now, remember above when I went on that mini lesson on RVIA certification? This is where that would come in handy. Some RV parks will not allow you to park your tiny home on their property if you do not have RVIA certification. I have never lived in an RV park before, but I have searched for parking in one and if they knew what a tiny house was, I was asked about RVIA certification. In reality, most people did not know what a tiny house was, and once I sent them pictures of my home, they were all too eager to have me park on their space (except for one guy who just couldn’t wrap his head around the fact that it was literally just like an RV!). So, if you still want that community feel and aren’t quite ready to go out into the wilderness, RV park or campgrounds may be your best bet. Campgrounds usually have more space than RV parks, but they can also have a bit more restrictions when it comes to plugging in, like only running off 30 AMP plugs instead of 50 AMPs. So before to check all that BEFORE towing your house all the way there
The holy grail of tiny house living! Finding parking either on your own land or someone else’s is the ideal route of most tiny housers. There’s usually more space, more flexibility to really utilize the land, and probably cheaper as well. I lived on a horse farm for a few months before moving to the tiny house community and I had a wonderful time! If not for the awful neighbors and the fact that the grass would flood every time it rained, I probably would’ve stayed there longer. Getting your own land can be very difficult especially if you want to remain in a THOW. Few zoning laws allow people to live full time in an RV (which remember is what tiny houses are classified as) so getting approved would be difficult. Not only that, some counties even have square footage restrictions! That’s right in some places your home must be a certain square footage to be able to be built (I know it’s ridiculous). Your best bet for finding land that you can park your THOW on or build a THOF (Tiny house on foundation), is to look for land zoned agricultural, unrestricted, and DEFINETLEY outside of city lines. These areas tend to have less restrictions when it comes to what you can and can’t do with your land.
If you can’t afford your own land, or simply have no desire to have one, you can always live on someone else’s land. There is a plethora of people all across the United States that have acres on acres of land that they aren’t using and would love to host a tiny house! Whether for extra cash or just extra help around their property (which is typical for many of these situations). I’d say the best way to find these, is to utilize google search, craigslist, and social media! When I was looking for parking before I made it to the community, I googled the heck out of tiny house parking near me and every variation of it! I found that I would get a TON of information, and 98% of it would be absolutely useless. I found using craigslist to be the best route to finding parking. I searched on craigslist
- Tiny house parking
- Land for tiny house parking
- RV parking
- RV lots for rent
- Long-term RV parking
This ended up giving me way more useable information. I would check daily and sure enough one day the farm popped up! Another great tool to utilize is social media! I have seen numerous posts from people in my tiny house groups on Facebook who have land and would love to host a tiny. I even saw one post where a man was giving away an acre for free to anyone who wanted it and could help around the farm! People are interested in tiny houses and the lifestyle so capitalize off of it! Make a cute infographic about you and your home and share it! You’d be surprised at the amount of interest you might generate.
While finding a parking spot for your tiny home can be a challenge, it is not impossible. It can take some time, months even, and you may have to live a few towns over from your target city (I do!) but it is so worth it to get to live your tiny dream!
Having trouble finding parking? Shoot me an email and let’s see if I can help 😊 After all 2 heads are better than 1.
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