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Get the facts about buying or building a tiny home

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Are you thinking about buying or building a tiny home? Before embarking on your project, consider these facts from the Western Colorado Code Professionals. WCCP is a subchapter of the Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council and includes representatives from many jurisdictions throughout western Colorado.

If you propose to have a tiny home on wheels, Colorado Revised Statutes 24-32-904.5 prohibits the sale and manufacture of any new recreational vehicle or recreational park trailer that is not in compliance with the American National Standards Institute standard A 199.2 for such vehicles.

Ask yourself:

• Who certified that this tiny home on wheels met the Colorado law for such manufacturing?

• Were they qualified to certify this structure?

• Can I get this licensed through the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles?

• Where can I legally place this tiny home on wheels?

• Is it safe, and have the requirements of the utility providers been taken into consideration?

Any home, including a tiny home, that's manufactured off site with the expectation to place it on a permanent foundation must be approved by the Colorado Department of Housing just like any other manufactured home.

If the tiny home is built on site you must get all the appropriate permits for the jurisdiction you are building in, and all required inspections must be coordinated by the permit holder.

Check with your local building department for code requirements (room sizes, stairs, egress, etc.) and a list of required permits. Ask where you can place or build a tiny home. Keep in mind that the term tiny homes does not imply there are no regulations. Building codes do allow for very small homes, but local jurisdictions may have specific dimensions you must be mindful of. Don't part with your hard-earned money until you have answers -- it's your job to ask the questions!

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