Tiny House Regulations Maine

Tiny House Friendly: 910

  • Tiny house regulations and codes may vary by city, town, or county.
  • Maine has created statewide construction guidelines for tiny houses; defining them as a dwelling less than 400 square feet allowing sleeping lofts, permitting ladder access to lofts, and approving skylights as points of emergency egress.
  • It’s important to note that towns are still able to approve or deny the construction of tiny houses.
  • In most cases, your tiny house built on a permanent foundation needs to comply with Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.
  • Camping in a tiny house on wheels is allowed in North Yarmouth, Maine as long as:
    • When placed on a site for more than 120 days per year, all requirements for residential structures are met.
    • You do not build on a permanent foundation.
    • It is on the lot existing before the date of the ordinance or larger than 30,000 square feet.

Maine is one of the leading states in the tiny house movement, as they are the first to have adopted statewide construction guidelines for tiny houses. It’s also common to convert old boat houses into tiny houses as a secondary dwelling.

Maine Uniform Building Codes