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Guidelines on building a tiny house

Tiny House

Thinking about building and living in a tiny house? Here’s a guide about tiny houses in Tauranga.

What is a tiny house?

There is no definition of what a tiny house is, they tend to have the same fundamental features of a traditional house, but on a smaller scale. In general, they can be separated into two categories, those that are fixed to land, and those that are built on wheels. This can mean that a tiny house can be considered a building, a vehicle, or both a building and vehicle.

What are the rules when it comes to building a tiny house in Tauranga?

The rules that will apply to your tiny house depend on where you intend to locate it and how you intend to use it. There are three pieces of legislation that you need to consider when planning your tiny house:

Can a tiny house be built anywhere in Tauranga? Do I need to get resource consent? Do I need to get building consent?

To help answer these questions, please check out the Tauranga Tiny House Guidelines for more information, including:

  • The different types of tiny houses,
  • Whether they’re permanent or temporary tiny houses,
  • Consent requirements, and
  • What’s involved if you decide to move your tiny house.

Tauranga Tiny House Guidance (1.7mb pdf)

What’s the first thing you need to do before starting a tiny house build?

If you’re thinking of building a tiny house, the first thing you should do is contact Council.
We’re here to help you – info@tauranga.govt.nz or phone 07 577 7000.

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