Tiny house regulations and codes may vary by city, town, or county.
Tiny homes are allowed in Louisville Metro provided they apply with the following codes:
Permanent/site-built: These tiny homes built on a foundation are reviewed and processed the same as any new home.
Prefabricated/modular: Tiny house kits can fall under this category. They are typically fabricated off-site, assembled on-site, and then placed on foundations. Additional documentation and review may be required with this option. If the structure is assembled completely off-site then it would be classified as “pre-manufactured,” and would require prior approval by the state.
Portable: Tiny houses on wheels would fall under this category, and would not be intended for permanent placement on a site. Tiny houses on wheels are still subject to zoning requirements.
Conversations are moving forward concerning tiny houses in the state of Kentucky. While Louisville seems to be giving the nod to tiny, other areas have yet to address them officially.
Many tiny home enthusiasts in Kentucky consider living in Louisville because it is the largest city in the state. Tiny homes are permitted throughout the metropolitan area, but specific rules and restrictions are in place. For example, site-built or permanent tiny homes are permitted if they are built on a foundation, and these building requests are processed in the same manner as other residential construction requests. Modular homes in Louisville are considered to be homes with components that are made off-site and that are assembled on a fixed foundation. Special tiny house construction kits are used to produce structures classified as modular homes. While these may be acceptable in Louisville, a special review process is necessary before a permit may be granted. The applicant may need to provide additional documentation to obtain the permit.If your tiny house is on wheels, it must comply with Louisville’szoning restrictions. Be aware that all tiny homes that are completely manufactured and assembled off-site and are moved to a permanent location are deemed pre-manufactured homes throughout the state. All pre-manufactured homes in Louisville must receive special approval at the state level.Generally, acceptance of tiny houses is more common in larger communities in Kentucky. In many smaller communities and in rural areas, acceptance and approval falls into a gray area.