Tiny House Regulations Florida

The State of Florida as a whole has adopted a statewide building code which is linked below:

Florida Building Code Standards 

Florida Appendix Q Update and Progress:

This is to inform you that early next year the Florida Building Commission is planning to hold rule development workshop(s) for the purpose of accepting public input regarding the proposed Supplements to the 6th Edition (2017) Florida Building Code (FBC) (specific dates and further information regarding the workshop(s) will follow soon). The combination of the 6th Edition (2017) FBC and the proposed Supplements comprise the draft 7th Edition (2020) update to Florida Building Code (FBC) in conformity with the triennial update process specified in sections 553.73(3)&(7), Florida Statutes. The Supplements consist of all modifications obtaining a 75% majority vote of the Commission together with amendments and modifications previously adopted by the Commission. The Supplements and 6th Edition (2017) FBC are available for review via the Commission website, www.floridabuilding.org at the following link.
http://www.floridabuilding.org/…/the…/2020_Code_Development/ 2020_Code_Development_Process.htm
In anticipation of these workshop(s), written comments on the draft 7th Edition (2020) update to the FBC will be accepted through January 2, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. or at the workshop(s). For written comments, please send comments to following email address: mo.madani@myfloridalicense.com.
Please note that the Building Code Information System/Proposed Code Modification Module has been updated to incorporate actions and outcomes from the August 13, 2019 Commission’s meeting on the proposed code changes to the 7th Edition (2020) update to the Florida Building Code. In addition, at the link below, you will find summary of the tracking charts detailing the Commission’s action on the proposed cod changes from the August 13, 2019 meeting. Also, please note that the said Supplements have been updated to further identify those code changes that are related to the 2018 I-Code.
http://www.floridabuilding.org/…/the…/2020_Code_Development/ 2020_Code_Development_Process.htm
Should you have questions, we can be reached at (850) 487-1824. Thank you!
Mo Madani, Technical Director
Building Codes and Standards Office

These are recently introduced Companion Bills in the Florida Legislature in February 2019 to allow Tiny Houses. Please note that this is not yet law until passed by both Chambers in the Florida Legislature and signed into law.

HB801  Introduced by Representative Eskamani

SB1268 Introduced by Senator Book

LEESBURG, FLORIDA  – CROSS CREEK VILLAGE

There are communities in Florida who have adopted or passed Ordinances which allow Tiny Houses or ADU’s ( Accessory Dwelling Units) in their communities. One of the most friendly communities in nation which now allow Tiny Houses ( and specifically name them in the ordinance) is Rockledge Florida on Florida’s East Coast.  Below you will find the Ordinances for Tiny Houses:

http://www.cityofrockledge.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/933?fileID=9002

http://www.cityofrockledge.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/934?fileID=9004

Brevard County, Florida 

Also Included are Ordinances pertaining to ADU’s in St Petersburg, Florida. Please keep in mind that ADUs are usually referencing what are known as Mother In Law suites or Guest Houses and most must be constructed in backyards of existing homes. Each location can have various rules and regulations that apply.  St. Petersburg requires the floor area of any accessory dwelling unit to be no less than 375 square feet, and cannot exceed 750 square feet.

St Pete Florida ADU Regulations

Sarasota county requires a tiny house on wheels that stays in an RV park for more than 45 days to have a foundation.

In Orange County ( Orlando), the minimum square footage of an ADU is 400 feet.

City Of Longwood, Florida ( Seminole County)

Tiny houses on wheels must be registered at a DMV in Florida. All DMVs for Titles and Registrations are located at your County Tax Collectors Office.

If you would like to review regulations for another state, click here