Georgia

TINY HOUSES IN GEORGIA

Tiny house friendliness:
7.5/10

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Tiny House Regulations and Zoning Requirements in Georgia

Georgia is more friendly to tiny houses than most states.
While regulations vary from city to city and county to county, many are moving in the right direction when it comes to relaxing regulations that have hitherto prevented largescale adoption of tiny homes.

Back in 2014, the city of Decatur adopted a Unified Development Ordinance that eliminated the minimum square footage requirement for accessory dwelling units (ADU).

Atlanta has also relaxed rules surrounding small guest houses in many zoning districts. They allow them to be built or parked in R1 to R5 zoning districts, unless when under permanent occupation where they are then regarded as ADUs, and only allowed in R5 districts.
In 2017, the Atlanta City Council voted to ammend city zoning laws, thereby aallowing ADUs or tiny hosues to share the building lot of another existing home.

In 2016, Brantley County as well as the cities of Nahunta and Hoboken adopted a comprehensive plan that will include small housing within their jurisdictions.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) in 2017 approved the Georgia Tiny House Appendix “S”, which is applicable for tiny houses used as single dwelling units, not more than 400 square feet and set on permanent foundations. It goes on to provide revised and relaxed regulations on loft size, minimum ceiling height, egress width, room size and dimensions, stairways, etc. It is all based on the International REsidential Code (IRC), 2012.

Some local authorities in Georgia have been more supportive and proactive, even assisting with the creation of tiny house-friendly municipalities. Among them are: Cottage Court in Clarkston, the Little River Escape in Cloudland and Hummingbird Housing in Danville.

Overall, Georgia has performed pretty well compared to other states, and there are signs that the progress will continue to be made.

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