Are Tiny Homes Legal in Georgia?

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Tiny Homes in Georgia
Legal StatusLegal, but regulations and zoning ordinances vary from town to town. There are no specific statewide laws governing tiny homes.
Minimum Habitable SpaceEvery dwelling unit must have at least one habitable room of at least 70 square feet, and other habitable rooms must be at least 70 square feet and no less than 7 feet in any horizontal dimension.
ExceptionsDwellings that are 400 square feet or less in floor area excluding lofts are exempt from the minimum ceiling height requirement. Personal care homes holding permits at the time of the regulation change are exempt from the minimum of 80 square feet of floor space requirement.
ChallengesSome cities had a ban on tiny homes, for example, the city of Calhoun. However, they were sued in 2021 for not allowing them.
Table showing the legal status of tiny homes in Georgia

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Tiny homes are generally legal in Georgia, but there are some regulations and zoning ordinances that must be followed. There are no specific laws governing tiny homes in Georgia, but most building codes and zoning regulations still apply. Zoning regulations vary from town to town, so it’s important to check with your local municipality before you build or move a tiny home.

What are the minimum square footage requirements for dwellings in Georgia?

Every dwelling unit in Georgia must have at least one habitable room of at least 70 square feet, and other habitable rooms must be at least 70 square feet and no less than 7 feet in any horizontal dimension. Resident bedrooms or private living spaces in personal care homes must have at least 80 square feet of usable floor space per resident. Every dwelling unit in Georgia must contain a minimum gross floor area of not less than 150 square feet for the first occupant and 100 square feet for each additional occupant.

Are there any exceptions to the minimum square footage requirements for dwellings in Georgia?

Yes, there are exceptions to the minimum square footage requirements for dwellings in Georgia. Personal care homes holding permits at the time of the regulation change are exempt from the minimum of 80 square feet of floor space requirement. Dwellings that are 400 square feet or less in floor area excluding lofts are exempt from the minimum ceiling height requirement.

How can I work with local officials to ensure my tiny home meets all necessary regulations in Georgia?

Here are some steps to follow:

  • Check with your local municipality for zoning regulations and specific requirements.
  • Ensure your tiny home meets building codes such as the International Residential Code (IRC).
  • Make sure your tiny home meets minimum square footage requirements, unless there are local exceptions.
  • Consider joining a tiny home community.
  • Work with a state licensed contractor for building a tiny home on a permanent foundation.
  • Be aware of any legal challenges such as the lawsuit against the city of Calhoun.

By following these steps and working with local officials, you can ensure that your tiny home meets all necessary regulations in Georgia.