Tiny House Appendix Has Passed!!!!!

Tiny House Appendix Passes Final Vote!

Tiny House Appendix Passes Final Vote!

I’m writing a VERY short blog post to let you know some amazing news. According to the International Code Council’s (ICC) website, the Tiny House Appendix has PASSED!!! It is now be available for adoption across the United States!!!!

Tiny House Appendix ICC Vote Results 

“THESE RESULTS ARE NOT FINAL as they are subject to certification by the Validation Committee and confirmation by the ICC Board of Directors in accordance with Section 10.1 of CP 28 Code Development (CP28). The 2016 Group B Final Action results, including vote tallies from the OGCV, will be posted following certification in accordance with Section 10.4 of CP 28.”

RB168-16    —-    Approved As Modified By Public Comment 1

As you can likely imagine, I am more than completely, utterly, and totally excited to share the news that the tiny house appendix passed. This is huge news for the tiny house community. It means that we will be able to work towards adoption across the US now. That’s another challenge that will take a lot of effort, but we can do it!

Huge Voter Turnout

Over 162,000 ICC votes were cast for all of the provisions up for approval. I don’t know the final vote tally yet, but I do know that we won!!!

More to Come

There is a lot of work ahead of us. We need to work towards the adoption of the appendix in every jurisdiction across the United States. It’s important that we start thinking about creating a new appendix for movable tiny houses. We need to start thinking about improving the current appendix. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I want to harness the energy of excitement and use it to help us build a solid platform moving forward. 

CONGRATULATIONS to all of us tiny housers. We did it! Thank you all so much for your help in getting the vote out. You are a part of history!

A HUGE thank you to my team of amazing people. David Eisenberg, BA Norrgard, Macy Miller, Jeremy Weaver, Meg Stevens, David Latimer, James Herndon, Zack Giffin, Gabriella Morrison, Christian Parsons, and Alexis DeHart Stevens.

And finally a gigantic shout out to the best mentor ever: Martin Hammer.

Thank you all.

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77 Responses to Tiny House Appendix Has Passed!!!!!

  1. Carrie December 6, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    YAY!
    You guys are amazing, this is a huge step and I am super excited! Congratulations!

  2. Sheliah Lewis December 6, 2016 at 9:57 am #

    Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

  3. Wendy Anne Darling December 6, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    You did it! WE did it! I’m joyful to have been a tiny,little part of this. Thank you Andrew and the whole team.

  4. Joe December 6, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    So excited to come this far! Thanks for your hard work

  5. BA Norrgard December 6, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Thanks for leading the charge Andrew! Monumental.

  6. Doreen Murtagh December 6, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Thank you guys. Awesome job well done!

  7. Paula smail December 6, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    I am so happy that the tiny house appendix has passed Thank you for all your hard work

  8. Kerri Richardson December 6, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    Fantastic!! Thanks for taking the reins, Andrew, and making this happen!

  9. Breanna Stephens December 6, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    Huzzah!! This is seriously amazing, I’m filled with relief and hope and joy so thank you and enjoy this!! We all appreciate this!!!

  10. Andrea Schlafer December 6, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    Incredible! Thanks to everyone who had a hand in this HUGE win for the tiny house movement.

  11. Pat Mosley December 6, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    Great news

  12. Amy Turnbull December 6, 2016 at 10:18 am #

    This is fabulous news! Thanks to everyone who made this possible, including the IRC: it’s inspiring to see voting members come together to support more sustainable building practices!

  13. Indrah December 6, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    Wow, congratulations from Kelowna, BC, CANADA!!!!!

  14. Indrah December 6, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Wow, congratulations from Kelowna, BC, CANADA!!!!

  15. Fred Stahl December 6, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Thank you for all your efforts and hard work. The pathway for legal tiny houses is now more than a just a dream now. We needed something to keep believing and building. I needed this to feel like there could be a future for tiny living. Merry Christmas to all tiny house people!

  16. Erin R. December 6, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Woo Hoo! Thank you for your work! As I’m starting my build in May 2017, this is HUGE!

  17. Mike Schmidt December 6, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    Andrew,

    Absolutely Awesome Dude !

    Your hard work and commitment to the Tiny House Lifestyle and Industry Vision has paid off in a very unique way. It demonstrates the power of an idea… but more importantly how to marshal the strengths of crowds to make it happen. Your passion and leadership on this effort has been exemplary!

    Ever since we met at the TedX Colorado Springs back in Oct of 2014 when I introduced you as a speaker as the event M/C, and you gave your impassioned speech about Living Tiny… I could tell that you and Gabriella were on a mission… a real mission to “change the way” people think and act about housing.

    And now after a couple of Tiny House Jamboree meetings in Colorado watching you develop your business and your thought-leadership talents… It looks like the “right man for the job” naturally fell into place. And with my new role at the Tiny Home Industry Association (THIA) as the Business Development Director… I want to extend a MAJOR THANKS on behalf of THIA and all our members for the work you have done on getting this code update through a very difficult gauntlet !

    Let us know how THIA and our members can help you get to the next step in the process… Bravo !

    Mike Schmidt
    Business Development Director
    Tiny Home Industry Association

  18. Neil Dann December 6, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    Awesome news!

    Thank you to all involved.
    This will help take a lot of guess work & ‘grey area’ away from the DIY tiny home build.

    Thanks for your determination.

  19. Sally December 6, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    Wow! Thank you for all you’ve done. I haven’t been following this as I’ve been focused on other things but I hope to commit more time to help as you move forward to get local jurisdictions to adopt this change.

    Not to add to your work (I could help you with this if you’d like) but would it be helpful to get a list of people who are willing to work in their local communities? Something like a spreadsheet with names, email addresses, phone numbers, city, county, state.

    Again, thank you for all of your efforts. You are all stars!!!!

    • Andrew
      Andrew December 6, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

      Thanks for the offer of help Sally. We will need to work together for sure. i don’t have a specific plan for creating a spreadsheet at this point. I think we can move forward in a way similar to how we won the vote: grassroots style. Once I know what the next steps are int eh adoption process, I will come back with a plan of attack for us all. Thanks again for your offer of help!

  20. Dan B. December 6, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    Way to go! Thank you so much for your work on our behalf!

  21. Manuel-Alejandro December 6, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    Not to rain on your paraid, I’m also glad this passed but be careful what you wish for. Now more than ever you’ll have to be vigilant, you don’t want to end up with a tiny house on an over crowded tiny neighborhood, the whole purpose of this movement, in my view, is so that you can enjoy the outdoors while not sacrificing some luxuries.

    • Andrew
      Andrew December 6, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

      That’s your purpose for the tiny house industry, but not the most prevalent reason. Most people want to be able to afford a house of their own and to get away from the debt that cripples them in daily life. This allows for that as a piece to a much bigger puzzle.

  22. Daniel Capson December 6, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    On behalf of the entire Tiny Home Community, thanks to you, Gabriella and the entire team that took the time and made this a reality. Your passion, understanding and expertise were instrumental in getting this done and we will all benefit greatly from this measure getting passed.

    Best,
    Dan

  23. AlanKWells December 6, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    As an anarchist, I am appalled that you would voluntarily give up your freedom to governments and their faceless and unaccountable bureaucrats. These people serve the traditional real estate industry and will never accept you. They will block you at every turn. I have seen it happen already in local situations.

    I view this as rent seeking in coarsest terms and . People in the business using government rules to erect barriers to competition. This will increase costs and retard progress in this vital area.

    • Marc Lee Winnig December 6, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

      Curious where and how you live…

    • Andrew
      Andrew December 6, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

      I whole heartedly disagree with you Alan. Building codes exist. That is a fact. We can either be approved within them or not. I choose to be approved and to be able to build my house legally. Not sure why you would be against that, especially as an architect.

      • jen December 6, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

        Be said anarchist, notarchitect.

        • Andrew
          Andrew December 6, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

          That’s hilarious! I read architect. So funny.

  24. lori price December 6, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    Insert tiny “happy dance” here! Well done!

  25. Barbara Warner December 6, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    A look back on the history of this country pretty much confirms that we are finally returning to our roots. Many years ago a home was merely a shelter where we would eat, sleep, stay warm, and come together as a family. Today, it has become a symbol of our wealth, a monument to our position in society, and in general an albatross hanging around our necks that makes it near to impossible to come together as a family because we are all working to afford this five bedroom, five bath luxury that we refer to as “our house”. About here that old saying come to mind. “A house is not a home.”

    The tiny house movement has finally come full circle in this world, and hopefully will one day transport us back to a time when family comes first in our priorities and not last after the grueling hours of work necessary to support the payments and utilities on this monstrosity that occupies our space on earth.

    Let the tiny house movement become a way of survival, a plan to preserve the earth for future generations to come!!!

    • L.J. December 6, 2016 at 11:27 am #

      Well said–so many important points re-stated. Thanks.

  26. Heidi Dotson December 6, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Thank you, Andrew, for stepping up and working hard for the betterment of all U.S. citizens. As housing is the highest expense in just about everyone’s monthly budget, it is very encouraging to see progress towards the legalization of smaller, more affordable homes for millions of Americans. Thank you, thank you for your part! 🙂

  27. Alan Plummer December 6, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    Excellent ! Good work all!

  28. L.J. December 6, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    Truly wonderful! A heartfelt ‘Thank you,’ to Andrew and everyone else involved, for all the hard work you’ve done on this effort. You are truly appreciated.

    I hope your names will forever be associated with these changes in the building codes that (if all continues as planned) will provide greater housing freedom to all.

  29. Tina GAllagher December 6, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    This is going to have a positive effect on housing all across the country. Those who can’t afford conventional housing or an expensive mobile home can build a tiny house. Communities can build them for the homeless and municipalities can use them for temporary or long term housing. During a disaster, they can be used without the widespread problems that were associated with “fema”trailers. I’m so glad this passed- it’s sorely needed.

  30. Jerry McIntire December 6, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    Congratulations!!! And thank you from all of us who will benefit from this addition to the ICC’s residential code! I know it was a team effort and I don’t have all the names, but you know who you are. This is going to help reduce the cost of housing in many ways.

  31. Thom Stanton December 6, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Congrats and kudos to all involved. Having presented similar code to officials in Virginia for adoption into Virginia’s Uniform Statewide Building Code (which was shot down by code officials coals and special interest groups) I could only hope that things would turn out like this. For our part, we would love to see these codes widely integrated by jurisdictions at the state and local level, and will certainly do it we can’t introduce them in our area. Regardless, we will promote the new codes as best practices for others to follow should they choose to build their tiny house as a DIY project… whether mobile or stationary. Once again, this is very encouraging news, and much respect is offered to you and the team who made this happen. Live Large — Go Tiny!

  32. Ron Scott December 6, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    This is great news for Tiny Home Builders and Owners across the globe!!! Thank you and congrats to you guys, for all of your hard work to make this happen.

    Full support from the great white north!!

    Ron Scott
    Sales & Build Manager
    Happy Hippie Tiny Homes by OPF
    Kingston, Ontario, Canada
    Facebook @ BigLivingInSmallSpaces
    opfenceandlandscaping@gmail.com
    (613) 483-9776

  33. Lynn December 6, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    You can’t see me but I am dancing on my desk. Great team work. Proud of the group for your diligence and success. THANK YOU Lynn

  34. Daniel December 6, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    Thaks for allthe hard work you and the tiny house comunity have done. This is an amazing achivement!

  35. Sharon Campbell December 6, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    Awesome news and so grateful for all who worked so hard to make this happen!! You rock!;

  36. Andrew Carter December 6, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    A big thank you from those of us in Australia who are pushing to legitimise tiny houses over here. We have a long way to go to catch up with the progress you’ve made and this will help so much! Australian Councils, state governments and much of the public are still quite skeptical about tiny houses. Before now we had little more than TV shows to point to – this will be hugely helpful. We’re mid-way through discussions with some councils over here and will be leaning on this news for sure. 🙂

    We know that so much work must have gone into this submission.

    Cheers,
    Andrew Carter

  37. Robert Leonardo December 6, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    Congratulations from Canada. You can be sure will will be learning from you folks on this as we fight for provisions of tiny houses here!

    Cheers,

    Robert, tiny Home Alliance Canada

  38. Ryan Lenting December 6, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    Congratulations! This is well deserved for all the hard work that you and the rest of the team have put in.

  39. Diane Pennington December 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Yayayayayayayyyy!!!!! Thanks to all of you for your very hard work and diligence in pioneering this movement! You must be so proud and thrilled! Right there with ya!!!

  40. Caleb December 6, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    When does this go into effect?

    • Andrew
      Andrew December 6, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

      It will be in the 2018 IRC. When that code is adopted by the local jurisdictions depends on those jurisdictions. Further, the appendixes are not automatically included with the adoption process and may be voted on separately from the IRC as a whole. It will take some leg work on our part, once again. That said, you can use the approved appendix right away by bringing it with you to your building department and showing them that it has been approved by the ICC. That will carry some weight…

    • Isabella May 3, 2017 at 6:44 pm #

      Just one more thing to add- the 2018 IRC is supposed to be published in September of this year.

  41. Susan December 6, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    Great News Andrew! Thanks for the update

  42. Cody Bartz December 6, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    awesome

    joy

    happy

    thank you!

  43. RICHARD SALVAGGIO December 6, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    wAHOOO!

    Thanks Andrew et al…….

    These results are of epic proportions. We may not see this immediately… but this is a front edge of a movement. A movement that in retrospect in the future will never be understood as to what had to be done to institute a plan, a scheme , a revolution which may go un- recognized and un appreciated by future generations because it will seem so commonplace then. Bask in the success today and revel in the achievement. It is appreciated today by the many who are walking this cutting edge.

    Rich

  44. Jennifer Tyree-Taylor December 7, 2016 at 4:01 am #

    How absolutely FANTASTIC!!!! Thrilled beyond words! Insert happy dance and music!

  45. /bob December 7, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    This is most definitely a milestone moment for the Tiny House Movement. Hoping for rapid adoption of the new code at the local levels. Many local communities I know about have yet to adopt even the last two versions of the IRC and are even still at 2006 or earlier. It may be about time for those communities to update their ordinances to current code. And even then, there will still be local additions and exclusions to the IRC version that is adopted so watch your local building department and ordinances committees closely and perhaps “help” them to improve with this new update when it becomes available to them.

  46. Andrea December 7, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    Congratulations Andrew and team in the incredibly strong and passionate effort! What an honor to have our collective voices represented by you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You should feel incredibly proud.

  47. Genevieve December 7, 2016 at 8:48 am #

    So excited!!! What a great step forward for those who hope to build and enjoy Tiny legally. This is a roomy movement, and I love the backwoods, DIYers, libertarian, push-the-boundaries, risk takers, leap first and pray, etc. people. But I’m also glad we’ll have room for more traditionals like me who live in cities and have eyes all around and a more vigilant local government. There’s a place for all of us! Bravo.

  48. Laura Schmitz December 7, 2016 at 9:12 am #

    That is great news! Thank you Andrew & team for your hard work! Can you share some tips/strategies on how to bring this up locally? I live in Buffalo, NY and would like to start a dialogue about this code being adapted here.
    Laura

    • Andrew
      Andrew December 12, 2016 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Laura. I’m waiting for the official and final results. The ICC is verifying all of the vote counts and once that’s done, will release the votes as official. At that time, we will come up with a plan for how to move forward towards far and wide adoption of the code. I imagine it will be similar to the conversations prior to the vote: speaking with local ICC members and building officials. One difference is that you won’t need to locate your ICC voting members. You can work directly with the building departments and ask for acceptance of the appendix. Once I learn more, I’ll be sure to share the news.

  49. Alan Churchill December 7, 2016 at 9:37 am #

    Well done sir….Much LOVE and appreciation for all your hard work.

  50. Lori December 7, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    CONGRATS TO you and your awesome team Andrew! I am dancing around grinning ear to ear over this news. 😀

    You’ve given me real hope that I can have a legal tiny house of my own in a few years. Maybe not in this town I’m in now but somewhere. How can I get a copy of the approved appendix to take to my village’s town hall building department?

  51. Spencer and Emily December 11, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    What a wonderful day in the Tiny House world and such a great achievement. Let’s spread the word

  52. Brad December 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    What does this mean for folks who already built a MOBILE Tiny House on a trailer, not according to the Specific IRC Code?

    • Andrew
      Andrew December 26, 2016 at 4:16 pm #

      Hi Brad. That will depend on your local building department. There is no grandfather clause in the new appendix. If the house doesn’t meet the requirements of the IRC, then you will not receive a certificate of occupancy (most likely). Of course, it’s worth trying if you think you can meet the requirements and show proof of that to the inspectors.

  53. Tracey January 12, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

    Congratulations!!! I have been looking into building a tiny home for myself eventually. This is a big step in the world for tiny homes. Please keep us informed on the progress.

  54. CHARLIE January 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    Who is the ICC

    • /bob January 31, 2017 at 9:35 am #

      International Code Council per the second sentence in the above blog post (top of page, first paragraph). For more information see this web page: http://www.iccsafe.org/about-icc/overview/about-international-code-council/

      The International part may be taken with a little grain of salt for now. It is predominantly overseeing recommended standards (“model codes and standards”) within the USA with hopes of becoming Univerally International someday. There are a few other countries that use some of the published codes (IRC/IBC and others) produced by the ICC. There is a link on their web site to a page showing what countries use what parts or codes.

      This is where the IRC/IBC (International Residential Code/International Building Code) come from. These are really just guidelines provided to local authorities to use in developing their own governing ordinances for all kinds of structures from houses to commercial buildings to manufacturing and any other kind of structure. These provide recommended safety criteria to be used in all these forms of construction. As such, it is your local authority that adopts (or not) as much or as little of these standards as they choose. It is your local authority that you need to go to for what is enforced in your area. The ICC does not control what standards apply any place, only what is recommended.

      With the start of integrating code language relating to Tiny Houses in the next release of the IRC there is some leverage in local communities to allow the construction and placement of Tiny Houses within those communities if/when they adopt the updated codes.

  55. Jesse February 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

    This code will be available for adoption across the United States, but still with the exception of Wisconsin?.?.? Or is WI included in it? Thank you for the clarification 🙂

    • /bob February 3, 2017 at 6:10 am #

      The ICC web site in my previous post from Jan 31 has a page listing what locations adopt what version of the IRC/IBC and if there are exceptions to those codes in the local ordinances applied (there often are). Please check with your local officials for the “official” word on what is adopted and if/when any new version may be adopted. Your local governing authorities are the only sources that really matter for what is being required legally.

    • Andrew
      Andrew February 3, 2017 at 8:50 am #

      Hi Jesse. The IRC is not enforced in Wisconsin. They use the International Building Code (IBC) instead and our appendix is not part of that code. You may still be able to make an argument for tiny houses referencing the IRC appendix. Good luck.

    • Isabella May 3, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

      The codes are adopted by individual jurisdictions. It is usually up to the individual city, though some counties will have a deal with the cities in the county to keep them all on the same codes.

      Some states have their own codes (i.e. California, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina, and there are many more). Some cities even have their own- NYC has their own, and not just one or two, but a collection of them.

      In the end, it is always a question for your local building and code enforcement department(s).

      Hope that cleared up a few things.

  56. Isabella May 3, 2017 at 6:15 pm #

    Do you have any plans for an additional standard that can be adopted separately from the 2018 IRC, particularly given that most jurisdictions do not adopt codes on the three-year cycle that ICC produces them?

    For example, ICC actually has a standard for log houses. I think it was last updated in 2012, but it’s an example of something you might want to look into.

    Otherwise, I hear the 2018s are slated for printing in September. (Except the IgCC, but that one usually runs a bit behind.)

    Congratulations! I hope it sticks around for future cycles.

  57. Jake June 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    Hi Andrew,

    Organizing a zoning adoption initiative of sorts in DC area. Does your group have a recommended progression for advocating adoption of the appendix? Something like, “1. verify your state uses IRC vs. IBC, 2. Lookup local zoning policy official/county board contact info here (provide link to enter zip code and receive that locales representatives, 3. ask for a meeting or attend public meeting (regularly scheduled board meeting) to discuss the following points: a. , b. , c…..”

    Anything like that in the works that local advocates can take and put most immediately into action?
    Jake

    • Andrew
      Andrew June 28, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

      Hi Jake. I wish I did. I’ve been wanting to create that for some time and share it but I’ve been too busy traveling, teaching, and working on the code stuff with other states (Oregon, New Mexico, Maine, Georgia, Massachusetts, etc.). If you have something like that, I’d love to see it. We hope to have one out soon, but that depends on the work in front of us and the priority of each step to be taken. Good luck with your organizing!

      • Susanne July 31, 2017 at 3:10 pm #

        Hi Andrew,

        Thank you so much for miraculously getting this appendix approved! I am very grateful to all of you for your hard work.

        I’m planning to build a tiny house in MA and would love to coordinate with others in MA and elsewhere working on TH code issues. Wondering if perhaps a TH code listserv would make sense, so we can all learn from each other?

        My sincere thanks,
        Susanne

        • Andrew
          Andrew August 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

          Thanks Susanne! I don’t know of any tiny house code list serve that is currently available. That said, I have been working with the lead building official in the State of Massachusetts and will be presenting to their board meeting on September 12th. You can see the details of that meeting below. It is open to the public, but I don’t know if public comment will be heard or not. It may simply be a good place to come for some information of what’s happening in Massachusetts.

          The September 12th meeting will be held at 1000 Washington Street in Boston, 02118 in Conference Room 1D on the first floor. The meeting will begin @ 1 p.m. and usually lasts until about 4 p.m.

          Hope that’s helpful! Good news is that the state of Massachusetts seems poised to adopt the appendix very soon.

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