“The International Code Council (ICC) reported that the tiny house appendix passed its final round of voting, receiving the required 2/3 majority vote. According to the organization, a tiny-house-specific appendix will be part of the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC), allowing people to receive Certificates of Occupancy for tiny houses when built to meet the provisions of the adopted code appendix.
The code has no legal effect unless it is adopted by local governments.
The organization said RB168-16 was backed by Andrew Morrison of TinyHouseBuild and a team of architects, builders, designers, and educators. The team initially defended the proposed appendix at the ICC public comment hearings in October 2016 at which time they received the first 2/3 majority vote necessary to place RB168-16 on the official ballot.”
Having a tiny house appendix in the IRC code would mean more than you may imagine.
It means that people who are strapped for money because of insanely high rents or mortgages could get out from under that weight.
It means that people who have lost their homes and are living on the street could have a dignified place to live move into and get their lives back on track.
It means that college students could afford housing to start themselves out on the right foot after graduation.
And for all of us building tiny houses, it means that we will have a guidepost to building safe and healthy homes with a certificate of occupancy at the end of that road.”