- Tiny house regulations and codes may vary by city, town, or county.
- All cities in Louisiana are supposed to follow the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC).
- According to the 2012 IRC, one room in the tiny house must measure at least 120 square feet in size.
- Safety regulations require a loft to have a window and stairs–not a ladder.
- Stairs, hallways, and doors must be at least 3 feet wide and ceilings must be at least 7 feet tall (including loft areas).
- Louisiana’s building regulations are not conducive to many tiny home designs. This is because the state mandates compliance with the 2012 International Residential Code. Under this code, ceilings must be elevated to 7 feet or taller, and this covers lofts and all other areas of the structure. The loft area must have stairs rather than a ladder, and it also must have a window that can be used as an emergency exit. In addition, one of the rooms must have an area of at least 120 square feet. The staircase as well as all doors and hallways must be 3 feet wide or wider. While tiny homes are not prohibited, it is challenging to design a tiny house layout that accommodates all of these building codes. The updated 2015 International Residential Code has guidelines that are more suitable for tiny houses, but these have not yet gone into effect.
By following the 2012 IRC, building a tiny house with all of the mentioned specifications isn’t easy. Tiny house enthusiasts are hoping Louisiana will put the previously delayed 2015 IRC into effect.