We get asked this tiny house question countless times in a day: where can I park my tiny house? Before we dig in too deep, let us be clear: this article is a guideline and an ideas bank and not an authoritative document on the ins-and-outs of tiny house parking laws. Please do not take this as legal advice. More like valuable information from your knowledgeable friend that wants the best for you and your tiny house.
If you’ve made it this far in your tiny house journey, you’re sure to have read many different articles saying what’s right, wrong, legal, illegal and everything in between when finding a place to park your tiny house. Depending on who you ask, and on what day (bylaw officers included!), you’re likely to get differing answers and recommendations on where to park your tiny house.
Here are 4 ideas from our tiny house team (based in British Columbia, Canada).
Park your Tiny House on a piece of land that you own (and where no one can see it!). Every municipality is going to have varying laws and regulations that govern whether or not you can park a tiny house as a single dwelling on a piece of land. It would be crazy for us to list every Canadian city’s law right here. The best place to find an answer? Contact your local municipalities by-law office.
The truth is that there are many gray-areas when it comes to parking your tiny house on property you own. What we’ve found is that legal issues most often stem from complaint-driven inquiries. Someone sees your tiny house parked on your property, doesn’t like it, and calls the city. A possible solution? Park your tiny house in an inconspicuous area of your property (more easily done by someone who has trees and acreage land).
We have heard countless stories of tiny housers successfully parking their tiny houses around BC. Their advice? “Just go for it! Approach the challenges as they come your way.”
Park your Tiny House on someone else's land. This is a great option for those who can’t afford to own land in their area. Many of the obstacles noted above similarly apply to this situation. However, some of the key differences are that you may be able to park your tiny house on a property that already has a permanent structure. In these cases, a tiny house on wheels is often viewed as an “RV” or “accessory dwelling unit”. You may find that you kind park your tiny house under these loopholes.
Park your Tiny House in an RV Park. As tiny houses become more mainstream, we are hearing more stories of people successfully parking their tiny houses in welcoming RV parks. This is new uncharted territory. The best way to initiate the inquiry to park your tiny house in an RV community is the spend some time connecting with park owners/managers in the area you are interested. If possible, share visuals of your tiny house to help pique interest and trust. You’re selling yourself and your tiny house! Represent it well.
Park your Tiny House in an intentional Tiny House Community. It’s no surprise that tiny house communities are popping-up all over the world in response to the tiny house movement. With people looking for legal ways to park their tiny houses, as well as like-minded tiny house folk to live amongst, we expect this trend of tiny house communities will continue to grow as demand does also. For those interested, we are in process of developing a tiny house community in Abbotsford. You can find more details on the tiny house community here.
Here’s a bit of encouragement as you search for the perfect place to park your tiny house, your home. Remember that you’re taking the road less travelled. This tiny house journey is going against societal norms, and with that naturally comes challenges, doubts and fears. Keep a positive attitude, ask the right questions and search for great answers. You’re inspiring many people as you embark on your tiny house adventure!
Do you have idea on where to park a tiny house that we missed? Know someone interested in having a tiny house parked on their property? Leave a comment below, or click here to send us a message!