The painting of the Tiny House scene in Utah is a work in progress. Like many areas of the nation, Utah city planners are exploring and evaluating how tiny houses fit in their communities.

One of the main issues is based on attachment to the land. If the unit is on wheels most municipalities treat the structure as an RV or a mobile home. RV occupation is restricted to a limited period of time in any one location and mobile homes are only allowed in zoned mobile home parks.

If the unit is on a foundation, many area zoning regulations require permanent connection to water, sewage and power. It must also comply with minimum size requirements ranging from 650 to 1100 square feet in most cities.

City planners must also address problems that detract from property values and community aesthetics. There is concern that the less permanent life style sometimes associated with tiny house ownership can result in un-kept and poorly maintained premises that impact surrounding properties.

Many feel the answer to these issues is a tiny house community. This would be designated areas specifically zoned for this purpose and controlled by Home Owner Association (HOA) regulations to assure adherence to community standards.

Here are recent developments in various Utah locations:

  • Salt Lake City
  • Tiny homes permitted as second residence in designated areas.
  • Santaquin
  • Payson
  • Sanpete County