Tiny houses are gaining popularity as it’s helping people practice minimalism. Some states are more lenient with their regulations on plotting the cute homes. And Kansas is apparently one of the more strict states.
Fortunately, there are only just a few requirements the tiny home-owner should consider.
According to the article Where Can I Build a Tiny House? Kansas requires the tiny house to be where ADUs– Accessory Dwelling Units– are legal. Basically an ADU is a secondary home, like a garage or guest house, on a single-family residential zoned land.
While they aren’t able to be in RS5 or RS3 districts, they are excusable in RS7, RS10, RS20, and RS40 districts.
Tiny Houses: Wheels and Foundations
According to Maria Fredgaard’s article, these are the requirements for tiny houses built on foundations to have:
- One room must be 120 sq. ft other rooms–except for the bathroom and kitchen–must be at least 50 sq. ft (according to IRC 2012).
- The smallest single-dwelling residential district you can build a tiny home on is an RS3 district (which has a 3,000 sq. ft. min.)
- Solar and small wind devices are legal as long as they don’t go over 35ft in height. The IFC regulates the use of propane.
- Composting toilets aren’t yet excusable
Fredgaar’s article also states that these are the requirements for tiny houses on wheels to have:
- Camping in tiny homes is allowed at approved campgrounds
- There are no current codes that let you park your tiny home in a backyard or on privately owned land.
In conclusion, Kansas, it is legally more constrictive for a tiny house on wheels but it’s necessary to check in with the local municipality.
Furthermore, if you’re looking to be more flexible with your living space, this may be the perfect tiny home.
The Department of Transportation requires your tiny home to be no more than 13.5 ft high and no wider than 8.3 ft. This is if you’re considering moving the home from point A to point B at any given time.
Just take a look at this article for more considerations that best fit your lifestyle.