The American Tiny House Association is founded as a nonprofit in Florida, with the mission to promote tiny houses as a viable, formally acceptable dwelling option for a variety of people. The organization establishes chapter leaders in many U.S. states.
Zoning legislation is unanimously approved in Rockledge, Florida to allow construction of a tiny homes “pocket” community. The Rockledge Tiny House Community group is established on Facebook with the goal of building a collection of tiny homes on a vacant lot.
Fresno, California, passes new zoning laws that allows for mobile tiny homes to be treated as permanent backyard cottages--previously, mobile units could only serve as temporary lodging. “We are the first city in the nation to actually write into its development code authorization for ‘tiny homes,’” Fresno mayor Ashley Swearingen says at the time.
The International Code Council (ICC) announces that a tiny house specific appendix will be part of the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC), which will allow people to receive a Certificate of Occupancy for their tiny house when built to meet the provisions of the adopted code. A lack of recognition of tiny houses in the IRC was considered a major hindrance to the creation of legal tiny houses across the United States.
Idaho’s state code board votes for an early adoption of the IRC’s tiny house appendix, becoming the first U.S. state to embrace the relaxed code regulations for tiny houses.