Tiny House Regulations Nebraska

Last updated on December 6th, 2020 at 03:22 pm

  • Manufactured (mobile) homes built in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Developmentā€™s (HUD) Federal Manufactured Home Act. Such homes passing inspection are issued a HUD manufactured home label.
  • Modular housing units built in accordance with applicable construction codes, i.e. the International Residential Code and the National Electrical Code adopted by Nebraska. Modular homes meeting the requirements are issued the Nebraska Modular Housing Unit label.
  • Recreational vehicles, including Motorhomes, Park Model trailers, travel trailers, are built in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard on Recreational Vehicles, NFPA 1192 or the Park Model Recreational Vehicle Standard.
  • All three types of structures when sold and/or offered for sale in Nebraska are legally required to have affixed to them the appropriate State or Federal label attesting to compliance with the relevant building codes.
  • Tiny houses, like all other houses and recreational vehicles, will be subject to the zoning requirements of local jurisdictions which vary widely by jurisdiction.

Nebraska has drafted an official document that references the different types of tiny houses and this document states that it is at the discretion of local jurisdictions to determine zoning and code requirements.


Nebraska has formally created definitions for different types of tiny homes, and it has stated that specific building requirements and zoning restrictions for each of these housing types falls on the shoulders of cities. A manufactured or mobile home is defined as a structure that has been assembled according to regulations established in the HUD Federal Manufactured Home. These are tiny homes that have received a passing score from a HUD inspection and that have received an approval label.

Another type of tiny house defined by Nebraska is a modular home, which is built under the guidelines and codes established in the National Electric Code and the International Residential Code. These tiny houses have received a label approving their status as a Nebraska Modular Housing Unit.

The last type of tiny house that is recognized by Nebraska is a home on wheels that complies with the Park Model Recreational Vehicle Standard, the National Fire Protection Association Code 1192 or the NFPA Standard on Recreational Vehicles. These vehicles are classified in the same manner as travel trailers and motor-homes.

All of these must have an affixed label from the appropriate state or federal authority that indicates its compliance with relevant codes when it is put up for sale and when it is sold. Keep in mind that Nebraska does not have specific guidelines for site-built tiny houses, so these are subject to local jurisdictional guidelines.

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