Tiny House Regulations New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

  • A tiny house must have a room that’s at least 70 square feet and not less than 7 feet in any one direction (including ceiling height).
  • Each tiny house must have sanitary facilities including toilet, sink, and either a bath or shower.
  • Bathroom and kitchen sink must have both hot and cold water.
  • Plumbing fixtures must be connected to an approved sewage system.
  • The tiny house must sit on a permanent foundation.
  • The tiny house must meet the requirements of the New Mexico Energy Conservation Code.
  • Other requirements include windows, permanent heating facilities, wall-switch lighting, bathroom windows or exhaust fans, smoke alarms, and a door to the outside that’s at least 32 inches wide by 78 inches high.

The city of Albuquerque provides guidelines for building a tiny house. Converting a tiny house on wheels into a legal dwelling with a certificate of occupancy is also possible. You need a permit to anchor the tiny home to some kind of foundation. Similarly to a manufactured tiny house, you are able to move the structure in the future. Tiny houses on wheels must be built to residential code standards, as well as the ANSI codes that regulate the construction of RVs.

New Mexico has gracious guidelines for tiny houses, and these make it fairly easy to live in a tiny home in this area. Specifically, the ceiling height cannot be less than 7 feet. In addition, the main room needs to measure at least 70 square feet, and it must be larger than 7 feet in both length and width. To be classified as a tiny house, the structure must have plumbing attached to the primary water and sewer system in the area, and it must be attached to or sit on a firm foundation. Furthermore, it must comply with the New Mexico Energy Conservation Code, have a dedicated kitchen and bathroom area that both have hot and cold water and have a full bathroom with a shower or a bathtub. Additional requirements for tiny homes in New Mexico are related to the smoke alarms, exhaust fans, windows, exterior doors, wall-mounted lighting, heating source and more.

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