Tiny House Regulations Georgia

Last updated on November 26th, 2020 at 03:58 pm

Georgia Tiny House Fact Sheet 

Atlanta City Councilor Proposes Tiny House Feasibility Study

Tiny House Community Coming to Macon, Georgia

  • Tiny house regulations and codes may vary by city, town, or county.
  • Decatur adopted a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) in 2014 that does not require an ADU (accessory dwelling unit) to have a minimum square footage.
  • In Atlanta, guest houses are currently allowed in all R-1 through R-5 zoning districts. Keep in mind, installing a stove or allowing someone to stay there full-time changes the classification from guest house to ADU. ADUs are only allowed in the R-5 district.
  • In most zoning districts, it’s illegal to rent out an ADU.
  • Tiny houses on wheels have yet to be defined in most zoning ordinances.
  • Almost all jurisdictions in Georgia abide by the 2012 International Residential Code in terms of building codes.

The tiny house movement is moving faster than local municipalities can change zoning regulations and building codes.

Georgia Codes Related to Tiny Houses


Brantley County, Georgia and the Cities of Nahunta and Hoboken Entered into a 2016 Comprehensive Plan initiative to include Small Housing to address an Affordable Housing Issue within their county.

“Best Practices recommended for Brantley County and Hoboken and Nahunta: x Meet regularly with SGRC staff to discuss local priorities and projects and explore opportunities for assistance and coordination with regional efforts.

7. Housing Options Promote an adequate range of safe, affordable, inclusive, and resource efficient housing in the community. This may be achieved by encouraging development of a variety of housing types, sizes, costs, and densities in each neighborhood; promoting programs to provide housing for residents of all socioeconomic backgrounds, including affordable mortgage finance options; instituting programs to address homelessness issues in the community; or coordinating with local economic development programs to ensure availability of adequate workforce housing in the community. Best Practices recommended for Brantley County and Hoboken and Nahunta: x Consider creating an ordinance to allow cottage zoning to allow very small single family homes to fill the need for affordable housing, utilize vacant properties and keep cost down for construction and so eliminate the need for manufactured homes. x Provide education on home loan assistance to foster rehabilitation and revitalization. xDensity Districts: Identify and establish, by ordinance, districts of your community where higher density housing is appropriate and permitted, such as downtown and walkable neighborhoods near commercial districts.”

We are also aware that their are currently no restrictions on Container Homes anywhere in the County of Brantley.  There is no requirement to place them on a permanent foundation, they must meet electrical and plumbing permit requirements, the permit is around $30.00 per 1,000 Square Feet of living space.


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