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Published on 16 December 2022
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:
The many considerations around regulation of mobile tiny homes will include things like:
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.