The Community Development Department recently updated its Zoning Regulations which included provisions for Tiny Homes on Wheels in the backyard of on a site with an owner-occupied single-family residence. A single-family residence (Single-Unit Dwelling) is defined as a dwelling unit designed for occupancy by one household which is not attached to or located on a lot with commercial uses or other dwelling units.
Tiny Homes on Wheels are also referred to as Recreational Vehicles (RV) according to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), and is required to receive certification from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and registration by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
To apply for a Tiny Home on Wheels in your backyard, a Director's Action Permit will be required and may be submitted after March 7, 2019, see links below;
A Tiny Home on Wheels shall not have its wheels removed, all wheels and leveling/support jacks shall sit on a concrete, paved, or compacted gravel surface sufficient to support its weight. Tiny Homes with wheels removed and placed on a foundation are defined as a Dwelling Unit, or Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), subject to additional requirements and California Building Code.
Please note the following requirements and limitations (§17.86.210.E);
No more than one Tiny Home per property (property must be owner-occupied).
Tiny Homes are only permitted for a period of 3 to 5 years with opportunity for renewals (upon inspection of continued compliance with standards).
Located toward the rear of the property, and shall not block or remove required parking for the primary residence.
The property shall provide adequate connection to utilities and services (water, sewer, & electricity), a building permit will be required to establish adequate and safe utility connections.
No larger than 400 square feet (excluding loft area)
The design shall resemble the general appearance, siding, and roofing of a traditional home, with mechanical equipment incorporated into the structure (excluding solar panels).
Documentation of DMV registration.
ANSI certification. The application shall exceed ANSI energy standards by either providing insulation of R13 for the walls and R19 for the floor and ceiling; or ensure that the stud/joist/rafter space in the walls, floors, and ceiling are completely filled with insulation.