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Florida Tiny Home Zoning

The tropical state is one of the friendliest states for tiny home living. Orlando and Tampa have helped pave the way for affordable housing options. Although Florida is friendly to tiny homes, however, zoning and land use regulations will still vary by location. Deciding where you want to place your tiny home before committing to a tiny house build should be first priority. There are several well-established tiny home communities you can join to forego the trouble of figuring out zoning and regulations altogether, if you prefer.

Zoning requirements and build codes can drastically vary from county to county, and some cities have their own unique zoning laws. Whether a tiny house on wheels is lawful on any given piece of land will depend on the laws and regulations of both the state and local government. Additionally, there are certain specifications that tiny house builders must comply with such as square footage, dimensions, and sanitation requirements. Fortunately, some cities are more lenient than others.

While specific rules about Florida tiny homes can greatly vary by location, Florida is quite supportive of the tiny house movement overall. Below are some great resources to get you on your way to tiny house living in Florida.

Florida Tiny Home Building Considerations

There are lots of theories about why coastal houses are painted bright colors—such as to help ships orient themselves to the coastline or to match the bright hulls of the ships. Whatever your take on it, living in Florida is a great opportunity to make a bold statement with your tiny home. Check out Sherwin Williams Southern Shores and Beaches color palette for inspiration.

An important consideration for your Florida tiny home is insulation and systems to keep your home cool and comfortable during the summer months. At Wind River, we use spray foam insulation and 2×4 framing. Spray foam has by far the highest R-value available for the tiny home application, and wooden construction allows less air infiltration than steel framing when the temperature rises. You’ll also need a reliable and efficient HVAC system in your home, and may want to explore other options for dehumidifying your tiny home as well.

Another key design element for Florida tiny homes is an exterior deck. We recommend a combination of sunning space as well as a covered area for hotter Florida days. The covered portion of your deck can also be screened if you live in an area with gnats and mosquitos. And an outdoor storage box to stash beach toys and other gear that might get sandy is also a good idea for Florida living. Your builder should be able to assist with your overall site plan, and may even be able to create a set of deck construction documents to be used for building your deck on-site.

Florida Tiny Homes

Lastly, you might want to consider an outdoor shower for your Florida tiny home, especially if you plan on living close to the beach. We offer a signature outdoor shower design with copper piping and a hot-cold hose bib. This is a good example of how beauty can sync seamlessly with functionality.

Interested to know more about our Wind River tiny homes?
Check out our models page below.