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Tiny Homes

The County is considering adding regulations to allow “tiny homes” as primary dwellings and as accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

What is a tiny home?

Tiny homes are small dwellings, generally less than 400 square feet, either on foundations or on wheels. Tiny homes on foundations are already allowed in Santa Cruz County and are subject to the building and zoning codes. Tiny homes on wheels are considered recreational vehicles or trailers and are not currently allowed as housing in Santa Cruz County except within designated RV parks or as temporary housing.

Tiny homes have the potential to provide a small, flexible, and relatively low cost housing option for residents in Santa Cruz County. However, there are many things to consider in developing regulations for tiny homes, such as: 

  • Are tiny homes appropriate in all areas of Santa Cruz County? 
  • Where should tiny homes be located on a property?
  • What development standards should be required for tiny homes? 
  • What kind of permits are appropriate? 
  • What utility hook ups should be required?
  • When are tiny homes "real property" vs. "personal property," and what are the implications of that?

Join the Conversation!

(1) Give your opinion by answering the TINY HOMES SURVEY

(2) Sign up to receive project updates:

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(3) View the staff report, watch video, or listen to audio from the February 9, 2022 Planning Commission study session (tiny homes agenda item starts at 1 hour 12 minutes).  

(4) View the staff presentation and notes from the January 12, 2022 Housing Advisory Commission meeting. 

(5) View recordings from virtual community meetings: