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Tiny House Regulations and Zoning Requirements in Florida

Florida is one of the more friendly states to the tiny house movement.
The vacation capital of America is making strides to make building and owning tiny houses as easy as possible. But like everywhere else in America, counties and cities have the final say on what happens in their jurisdications.

Cities like Leesburg and Rockledge have for instance passed ordinances allowing tiny houses and Accessory Dwelling Units, even specifically naming them.
“..the Rockledge Planning Commission has recommended and the City Council has approved the use of “Tiny Houses in Pocket Neighborhoods” within the Planned Unit Development (PUD) District, which necessitated changes to facilitate the additional use..” the ordinance reads in part.

However, there is still room for improvement, in that the ordinance sets the minimum living area for a tiny house unit at 550 square feet, which is still higher than some cities that set it at just 200.
St. Petersburg has done better in this regard, requiring a minimum of 375 square feet. In Orange County, Fl, this minimum is 400 sq ft.

Other than permanent tiny houses, Florida hosts a large number of RV parks, which can serve as great stops for those living on the road.
Sarasota County requires that tiny houses be parked at RV parks for no more than 45 days, otherwise they be set on a permanent foundation.

Longwood in Central Florida has also in recent years passed laws making way for tiny homes on foundations, something that was not permitted previously. Osceola County has done the same.

More and more ciites and counties are following suit, promising to make Florida one of the best states for tiny houses in America for years to come.

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