In a recent news article it was revealed that an owner of a tiny home faced a series of unexpected compliance costs amounting to more than $40,000.

The owner bought a transportable tiny home and placed it in her daughter’s back yard. She was under the impression that she would not require a resource consent because her home was on wheels.

Tiny homes are becoming increasingly popular for those looking to downsize or make that first step onto the property ladder. However, owning a tiny home can come with significant regulatory challenges.

The requirement for a resource consent varies by region depending on the provisions in the District Plan.

On discovering that the tiny home required a resource consent the owner incurred significant additional costs.

She had to:

  • Engage geotech engineers;
  • Raise the tiny home on timber piles;
  • Install a new septic tank;
  • Alter the property entrance to comply with transport standards; and
  • Submit a traffic management plan and corridor access request.

This case highlights the importance of checking the District Plan and obtaining legal advice before you purchase a tiny home, to avoid any unexpected costs. 

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