Tiny House Parking: Where? How? & Resources

Tiny House Parking

Tiny House Parking…. where can you park the darn thing? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this question. The legalities of Tiny Homes are constantly changing. Below I’ve tried to provide as much information as I can on the subject. Before you read, pour us both a drink…

Legalities, Categorizing, and Certifications

So you want to park your Tiny House legally? Okay, that’s possible, but maybe not in your desired location.

For the most part, Tiny Homes on wheels are legally categorized as RVs.

The easiest way to find out if you can legally park a Tiny Home in a certain location is to check local RV parking regulations. Every county is different. Some places allow for full-time living in RV parks. Some do not. A few areas (usually more rural) allow for full time camping on your piece of land. Many places require a home with a foundation (and permitting… and taxes). You have to do your research.

My Tiny House is classified as a Recreational Trailer in the state of Illinois. This classification was given to me by the DMV. When I registered my house in California, they classified it as a Coach Trailer. Basically, the DMV representative will classify a Tiny House however they see fit. It’s subjective.

RVIA certification, what is it?

RVIA certification is the legal certification for RVs. Some manufactured Tiny Houses will receive an RVIA certification. This certification will make financing, insurance, and parking in certain RVIA only RV parks, an easy task.

It’s important to note that only a company that is RVIA certified can slap the certification sticker on your bumper. You can not get the certification if you build your own Tiny House.

Bottomline: Either buy a fully built Tiny House from a certified company or forget about the certification.

RV Parks

If you’re mobile and moving around often, you shouldn’t have trouble finding campgrounds that will accept your Tiny House. I traveled with my Tiny House for one year, and I have only been turned away once or twice. Here is a list of campgrounds I stayed at from 2014-2015. Please note that these campgrounds may no longer allow for Tiny House Parking. Call first.

For full time living, you have to do a little bit more research. Currently, I am parked at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village. I signed a lease and pay for rent/utilities. What’s the problem? I still need to have a “permanent address” for income tax, health insurance, driver’s license, etc. For this reason, I use my parent’s address as my permentant address. I do not actually live there, so, this is not ideal (or totally legal). I’m not telling you what you should do, or what is right. This is not an article on ethics. I’m just telling you one way to get around the problem.

I’ve heard of some RVers using P.O. Boxes as their permanent address in more rural states. I don’t have experience with this, so if you do, please enlighten us in the comments.

FYI: Many RV parks have requirements that you must meet before they will let you sign a lease – such as RVIA certification and insurance.

Tiny House Villages

Legal Tiny House Villages and Tiny House Hotels are almost always classified as RV parks or mobile home parks from a legal standpoint. You can search for Tiny House villages near you using this website.  It’s a great resource.

Some Tiny House Villages fall into a gray area when it comes to legality. In some counties, Tiny Houses can be classified as “Additional Dwelling Units,” which means exactly what it sounds like: structures meant for additional dwelling, not primary or permanent. If you are caught living permanently in an ADU you may be served an eviction from the local authorities. Although, evictions are usually caused by a neighbor’s complaint. Be kind to your neighbors!

Parking “Under the Radar” on Land/Backyard

The majority of Tiny Housers today are living “under the radar,” on a piece of land that they own or in someone’s backyard. Often, this means they are technically illegal. At least for now.

Things are changing. More municipalities are embracing Tiny Houses as legal dwellings. 

Parking Resources

  • Tiny House Community is a great website. Browse the Tiny House FAQs page. *Be sure to double check that the information is still accurate.*
  • Tiny House Meet Up Groups
  • Tiny House Hosting Facebook group
  • Craiglist.org – Search or Post in your area
  • Try It Tiny – AirBNB for Tiny House Rentals and Parking
  • Andrew and Gabriella Morrison are active in passing new legislation to legalize Tiny House parking. For more info, click here
  • Living Tiny Legally. A documentary series exploring the potential benefits tiny housing can bring to a community, the legal obstacles, and how these are being overcome in a growing number of cities and in model building codes.
  • Search Tiny House Villages. A directery of Tiny House Villages across America created by Tiny Housers, for Tiny Housers.

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What is your experience with Tiny House Parking? Have you ever been issued a Tiny House Eviction? I’d love to hear your stories and add more links to the above resources.

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  1. February 17, 2020 / 1:54 am

    As far as using a P.O.Box as your permanent or (Legal) address:

    For years living in Houston, Texas, I started using a P.O. Box because I traveled back and forth Austin to Houston living out of a suit case and I needed to know where to find my mail on a regular basis. I eventually became comfortable with it and never gave it up making it my legal address on my drivers license.

    To make a long story short, I tried doing the same thing in Jacksonville, Florida until the DMV put a stop to it. So,……If you want to use your P.O. Box as your legal address, you have to use the actual address of the post office and then state your P.O. Box number on the address line.You may have to register with your local post office in your area to see if they will comply.

    October 20, 2019 / 4:42 am

    It is infuriating to think that someone could be EVICTED from a house they own that is on land they own!

    • Jayden
      March 4, 2022 / 4:26 pm

      Here in FL they got a little bit more flexible. You can do it on your own property but you WILL be TAX & PERMIT out the wazoo for it

  3. Carol E Merritt
    August 13, 2019 / 5:35 pm

    I am trying to retire next year (come h*ll or high water – probably both will occur b/c that’s how things have worked for my family for generations. I just know that my body needs to move onto a job that it can tolerate. I could live in a “community”, but the noise of other people would keep me awake EVERY night. I’m a little on the “autistic side” (oh I’m no Temple Grandin!), and I need to have a space of my own. I need to move out of upstate New York but would love to be where there are 4 seasons. (Not a Florida or Arizona fan – my body does NOT tolerate heat very well at all). I’ve found hundreds of tiny houses I would love to drag to a piece of land where no neighbors can wake me up every night (like the nightmares I live next to currently). Does anyone have any ideas as to where to “plant” a tiny home where there might be off grid possibilities?

    • Gennell Yeager
      September 8, 2019 / 12:56 am

      Yes, Matilda place in Colorado. I am looking at a 2 acre spot right now and tiny house are allowed and the HOA supports it.

      • Cindey Toth
        July 9, 2020 / 11:50 am

        Where exactly is this? I live in Wheat Ridge CO. Looking into tiny homes.

      • User Avatar July 30, 2020 / 10:31 am

        Where is what? Not sure what you’re referring to.

  4. Gina
    November 9, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    Can a tiny house be my office. If so
    Where Can I park it.

    • User Avatar November 12, 2018 / 7:16 am

      See above. A tiny office on wheels would have the same restrictions, or maybe less, because you aren’t living in it.

  5. Kelly Herbeck
    October 27, 2018 / 6:05 pm

    If you own the property or still paying the mortgage, and you are not using it for commercial use, they cant use city
    code on your property. That code is for commercial property only and they are committing fraud on you. They dont
    have jurisdiction. Always ask to prove jurisdiction. Question……. Is it your property or theirs ?
    Question…… Do you have a contract with them ? Say like a business license ?

    Yes , I use these tactics. They dont like it

  6. August 5, 2018 / 9:29 am

    I live in an RV / tiny house park in Sacramento County in California. We currently have 6 tiny houses (7, but one is moving later this month) on the west side of the 10-acre park. There are RVs on this side too, mostly long-term parkers. The other side of the park has trailers and mobile homes. It’s a nicely maintained acreage with a large meadow on the “tiny house” side of the park which encourages tiny house and actively recruits tiny house dwellers. The next open house is October 6th, but I’m happy to give tours any time. You can email me at ccorleyjd@gmail.com or check out my YouTube channel, @ Corinne Corley. Here’s a link to the FB event for our next Open house. https://www.facebook.com/events/806281622900985/

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