How YOU Can Help Legalize Tiny Houses
Thank you for your interest in helping legalize tiny houses. We are so close to reaching that goal. We are literally one winning vote away from success. As you may have already heard, we need to win a 2/3 majority of the voting members of the International Code Council (ICC) in this last round of voting. They have two weeks in which to cast their vote, starting on November 8th and we need YOUR help to reach as many of them as possible before the voting starts (and even after it starts too).
We have prepared the following infographic to help you make a difference in the votes cast. The more voting members of the ICC you can encourage to vote YES on RB 168-16, the better. We have to be really careful how we approach building officials as they have a language all to themselves that we are now working within. It may seem obvious, but we need to be professional, calm, polite, and on topic.
Please check out the information below. You can use the suggested talking points for a face to face meeting or phone call, or you can download the suggested letter and include it in an email. Because the timing is tight, please don’t send a snail-mail letter. We need to be sure that your message will be delivered before the voting window opens on November 8th in case your building officials decide to vote early in the process.
You can view the proposed appendix on this page, if you haven’t already. It’s a good idea to know what’s in there before you contact your building officials. You’re also welcome to copy the infographic and share it on your social media platforms. Just be sure to tell people to make their contact before November 8th and to do it in line with the details of the graphic so that we have a well represented approach to the campaign.
Okay, let’s get this done and make tiny houses legal for everyone in the US who wants one!!!
Go Team Tiny!!!
p.s. You can find the text of the suggested letter at the bottom of this page if you want to just cut and paste into an email rather than send the PDF.
Here is the text of the letter to Building Officials:
Dear sir or madam:
You may have heard that public comment RB 168-16, an effort to create an IRC Appendix for tiny houses, recently received enough votes in favor at the ICC Public Comment Hearings in Kansas City, MO to move on to the cdpAccess public comment voting process.
As a voting member of the ICC, you will have an opportunity to vote for this important new IRC appendix between November 8th and November 21st. I encourage you to vote YES on the inclusion of the appendix for the following simple and important reasons:
1. This appendix makes simple suggestions to reduce the scale of housing while maintaining the health and safety regulation of the building in order to protect the occupants. This fully meets the intent of the code, including the need to provide affordability in our housing, as specifically described in Section R101.3 of the 2015 IRC.
2. Building officials across the country, perhaps you as well, need a building code that addresses issues specific to tiny houses. The current housing trend of building tiny is growing fast and it’s important that the IRC put something in place to oversee the safe construction of these homes.
3. People are building tiny houses right now without oversight and they will continue to build them whether building officials provide that oversight or not. We in the tiny house community believe it’s important to provide oversight to ensure the health and safety of the occupants, especially with such a large proportion of owner-builders in the industry.
Please be sure to watch the testimony for RB 168-16 from the hearings in Kansas City as many building officials explained their reasons for supporting this public comment and we believe you will find their points interesting and perhaps even familiar to your own situation. The footage will be made available on the http://www.cdpaccess.comwebsite in days ahead.
I’d like to thank you for considering a YES vote on Public Comment RB 168-16. We in the tiny house community want to work with building officials to provide affordable, healthy, and safe housing for thousands of people across the US.
A vote in favor of this public comment is a vote in favor of just that.