If you are considering building a tiny house, it is important to understand what rules apply and what requirements need to be considered before you start building.

Some people refer to tiny houses as compact dwellings, detached standalone dwellings, tiny houses on wheels, or have their own interpretations of what tiny houses are. It is important to understand the definition difference between a “building” and a vehicle”. The MBIE Guidance provides a good flowchart explaining this.

It is important to clearly define the intended use, location/s, and construction method which will then inform which pieces of legislation will apply to your tiny house.

Check with the SDC building department to find out what applies to your situation. We will provide you with information about the requirements for building a tiny house in your area, including any applicable codes and permits.

8 February 2023

Information on tiny homes