Council to trial domestic use of tiny houses on wheels

Published on 16 December 2022

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Surf Coast Shire Council will trial domestic use of tiny houses on wheels following a targeted review of parts of its Community Amenity Local Law 2021.

Council resolved at its December meeting to support a trial to better understand complex issues surrounding use of tiny houses on wheels before reaching a formal local law position.

A proposed two-year trial will allow further community consultation, development of criteria and an application, permit and monitoring process, assessment of impact on Council resources and provide better understanding of how tiny houses on wheels might help resolve shortage of affordable housing and key worker accommodation.

Under the trial, which is likely to start in 2023 (a specific date is yet to be confirmed), people will be able to apply to Council for a permit to temporarily live in tiny houses on wheels on private property.

Through this pilot, we are not:

  • Providing land to potential tiny house on wheel owners.
  • Supplying land owner details. Tiny house owners will need to make their own rental arrangements with land owners.
  • Building a tiny house village on Council land or private property.

The many considerations around regulation of mobile tiny homes will include things like:

  • Wastewater management
  • Building regulations
  • Appropriate locations, consideration of bushfire risk, emergency management
  • Vegetation removal
  • Impact on neighbourhood amenity

Tiny houses on wheels currently do not feature in Council’s Local Law and their temporary use falls between the planning scheme and the camping provisions of the Local Law.