In addition to the cottage clusters, will the city consider allowing tiny houses, particularly tiny houses on wheels (THOWs), as another housing option?

A tiny home is a structure designed to provide low-cost or minimally sized housing options for people. Tiny homes can be subject to building codes and licensing standards that govern their construction and installation, zoning codes that dictate where they can be sited, and titling and registration or trip requirements for temporary tiny homes.

In Beaverton, tiny houses with a foundation (that is, not on wheels) are typically intended for permanent residential use. They are allowed if they meet the same development and design standards that apply to other housing types in the applicable residential zone.

On the other hand, tiny houses on wheels (THOWs) are designed to be temporary or transitional, which is why they have wheels so they can be easily moved. Because they are on wheels, they are sometimes treated as vehicles, and therefore, subject to regulations outside of the city’s Development Code. Staff is currently evaluating recent changes in state law that pertain to THOWs, and where they might be allowed, and will update this section as additional information becomes available.

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