Tiny Houses Allowed in MA Municipalities
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City/TownCountyHas anyone ever specifically approached this municipality specifically about tiny houses? If yes: their name and email. If unknown, "-"Tiny Houses on Foundations (not including apartments attached to another home)? If so, what restrictions?Tiny Houses on Wheels? If so, what restrictions?Anyone heard RUMORS this municipality might be tiny house friendly? If the rumor is yes: write yes and their name and email. If the rumor is no, wrote no. If unknown, "-".Is their zoning code online? If so, link? (Many municipalities codes can be searched for on ecode360.com)Notes, links to articles about this town, etc.
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Barnstable Barnstable-
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BourneBarnstable-
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BrewsterBarnstableMaureen O'ReganAllow ADUsHook up to septic and electric, follow
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Buzzards Bay (Bourne)Barnstable-
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ChathamBarnstable-
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DennisBarnstable-
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EasthamBarnstable-
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FalmouthBarnstable-
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Forestdale (Sandwich)Barnstable-
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Harwich (Also Harwich Center/Port)Barnstable-
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Mashpee (Mashpee Neck)Barnstable-
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Monomoscoy Island (Mashpee)Barnstable-
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OrleansBarnstable-
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ProvincetownBarnstable-
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SandwichBarnstable-
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TruroBarnstable-
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WellfleetBarnstable-
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Yarmouth PortBarnstableMaureen O'ReganAllows ADUs?
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AdamsBerkshire-
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AlfordBerkshire-
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BecketBerkshire-
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CheshireBerkshire-Mobile Homes as Permanent Dwellings are allowed by special permit in A-R and B districts but not R-1.
http://cheshire-ma.net/images/PlanningBoard/2016/CheshireZoningBylawAdoptedJune2015_Final.pdf
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ClarksburgBerkshireKatie Jackson katie@bbtinyhouses.comYes as main house (unsure about ADUs), no min. sq. footage but still need to comply with room sizes in IBC and other building code restrictions. No, they told me they wouldn't allow tiny houses on wheels.
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DaltonBerkshire-
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EgremontBerkshire-
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FloridaBerkshireKatie Jackson katie@bbtinyhouses.comYes, as main house or as an ADU. No min. sq. footage but still need to comply with room sizes in IBC and other building code restrictions. The zoning board told me yes. I imagine it would still need to get past the building inspector. If you're interested in putting a tiny house on wheels in Florida I can introduce you to the zoning board. I don't know if Florida, MA's zoning code is online but I have a copy. -Katie
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Great BarringtonBerkshireIn progress- contact Amy Turnbull at American Tiny House AssociationTown is Considering Backyard Accessory Dwelling Units as of 2019
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HancockBerkshire-No zoningNo zoningI've heard that Hancock is permissive and could be likely to allow tiny houses but have never spoken with them. -Katie Jackson katie@bbtinyhouses.com
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HinsdaleBerkshire-
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Lanesborough (Lanesborough)Berkshire-
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LeeBerkshire-
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LenoxBerkshire-
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Lenox DaleBerkshireSage RadachowskyNo
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MontereyBerkshire-Accessory Dwellings 600 sq. ft. or less- includes restrictions-- see zoning codehttps://www.montereyma.gov/sites/montereyma/files/uploads/zoningbylaws2017.pdf The document isn't searchable: scroll to page 13
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Mount WashingtonBerkshire-
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New AshfordBerkshireKatie Jackson, katie@bbtinyhouses.comADU: unsure what restrictions.Yes, only if you are building a "permanent house" on the same property and will be in the THOW temporarily
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New Marlboro (New Marlborough)Berkshire-
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North AdamsBerkshireKatie Jackson katie@bbtinyhouses.comThey seem to be in favor although I'm unclear on the details. Needs someone to seek permission. Differing opinions in town hall as of 2018. No one has requested a tiny house on wheels yet so they haven't gone over the details.
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OtisBerkshire-
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PeruBerkshire-
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PittsfieldBerkshire-
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RichmondBerkshire-
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SandisfieldBerkshire-
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SavoyBerkshire-Yes, but I've also heard rumors they are not tiny house friendly, so who knows? -Katie Jackson, katie@bbtinyhouses.com
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SheffieldBerkshire-
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StockbridgeBerkshire-
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TyringhamBerkshire-
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WashingtonBerkshire-
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West StockbridgeBerkshire-
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WilliamstownBerkshireKatie Jackson katie@bbtinyhouses.comDetached Accessory Dwelling Units (backyard cottages) on foundations will be voted on during town meeting, May 21, 2019 7pm. Square footage depends on size of primary dwelling unit (main house). language starts of page 16 of warrant: https://williamstownma.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FY20-ANNUAL-TOWN-MEETING-WARRANT-1.pdfThere is a lot of interest-- it'll just take a resident to formally request THOWs. https://williamstownma.gov/government/documents/
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WindsorBerkshire-
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Acushnet CenterBristol-
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AttleboroBristol-
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BerkleyBristol-
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Bliss Corner (Dartmouth)Bristol-
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DartmouthBristol-
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DightonBristol-
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EastonBristol-
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FairhavenBristol-
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Fall RiverBristol-
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FreetownBristol-
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Mansfield Bristol-
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New BedfordBristol-
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North AttleboroughBristol-
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Norton (Norton Center)Bristol-
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Raynham Bristol-
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RehobothBristol-
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SeekonkBristol-
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SomersetBristol-
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SwanseaBristol-
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TauntonBristol-
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WestportBristol-
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AquinnahDukes-
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ArlingtonDukes-
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ChilmarkDukes-Maybe? Yes, for houses on foundations- https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20170205/chilmark-weighs-plan-for-tiny-homes
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EdgartownDukes-
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GosnoldDukes-
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Oak BluffsDukes-
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TisburyDukes-
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West TisburyDukes-
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Amesbury TownEssex-
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AndoverEssex-(temporary health care ADU) FAMILY DWELLING UNIT : Use of a room or rooms in a detached one-family dwelling or accessory building as a dwelling by relatives (by reason of birth or marriage) where there is a need by reason of illness, disability or age requiring extended care or supervision of the relative. This use shall be subject to reasonable conditions and the requirement for renewable time periods not exceeding five years.http://www.masshousingregulations.com/pdf/accessory.pdf
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BeverlyEssexJulie ArnoldYes
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BoxfordEssex-
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DanversEssex-
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EssexEssex-
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GeorgetownEssex-
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GloucesterEssex-
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GrovelandEssex-
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HamiltonEssex-ADU: May convert existing detached structure (like a garage) for temporary family, health, or security needhttp://www.masshousingregulations.com/pdf/accessory.pdf
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HaverhillEssex-
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IpswichEssex-ADU "The Town allows by special permit the conversion of pre-existing secondary buildings on residential parcels in the Intown Residence district—such as garages, barns, and carriage houses—into additional small residences" Note: this law has probably changed since then. http://www.masshousingregulations.com/pdf/accessory.pdf
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LawrenceEssex-
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LynnEssex-
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LynnfieldEssex-
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Manchester-by-the-SeaEssex-
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MarbleheadEssex-
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MerrimacEssex-
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Methuen Essex-
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