Can I have a tiny house?

KUSA - Tiny houses are becoming more and more popular are people are choosing to downsize for environmental, social, and financial reasons.

But, it's not quite as easy a building or buying the home and setting it up wherever you want.

Right now, there are a lot of complicated zoning and building codes that restrict where you can legally live in a tiny home.

Here are some resources to help if you're looking into the lifestyle:

The American Tiny House Association
Links to state-specific zoning and construction guidelines as well as resources to help those who are trying to figure out what they mean.

Denver Zoning Code
Zoning codes for city and county of Denver

Jefferson County Zoning
Zoning codes for Jefferson County

Douglas County Zoning
Zoning codes for Douglas County

Adams County Zoning
Zoning codes for Adams County

City of Boulder Zoning
Zoning codes for the city of Boulder

Boulder County Zoning
Zoning codes for unincorporated Boulder county

Tiny House Community
A list of tiny house communities and tiny homes that are within zoning regulations. Many are on the property of a larger home, in an RV park, or in an existing community or eco-village.

Tiny House Building Codes
A blog post by a tiny house dweller dispelling many of the myths about building and zoning codes around tiny homes.

Understanding Zoning and Tiny Houses
Another blog post by a tiny home dweller speaking about the legal complexities of zoning regulations and how to interpret them.

Tiny Colorado town allowing tiny houses
Walsenburg is one of the first cities in the nation to allow tiny homes on residential lots and is hoping to draw residents looking to downsize.

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