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Tiny homes now allowed in some San Luis Obispo backyards

Posted at 8:29 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 01:47:04-05

San Luis Obispo homeowners can now legally bring tiny homes on wheels onto their property.

A nonprofit called SmartShare Housing Solutions says the first applicant is expected to meet with city planners on Friday to get the permit process started.

Tiny homes have been a major topic in cities across the country, including San Luis Obispo. They could provide an affordable housing option for many people amid the housing crisis across California.

SmartShare Housing says San Luis Obispo could be a model for other communities across the state and beyond.

According to the nonprofit, the homes could cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 depending on the type of unit and the lot.

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Photo Courtesy: SmartShare Housing Solutions


In November, the San Luis Obispo City Council approved an ordinance allowing tiny homes in city limits. The ordinance defined tiny homes as being no larger than 400 square feet excluding loft areas. The home also must be installed on a trailer that is registered with the DMV.

San Luis Obispo County is currently writing a similar ordinance.

SmartShare Housing is hosting two workshops to walk people through the process of qualifying for a tiny home.

The first workshop will be held March 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Guild Hall, which is located at 2880 Broad Street in San Luis Obispo. The second will be on April 4 at the same time and location.