So what would it take to be in the zoning code to make a Tiny House in New Jersey-
Let’s start with some of the basic info from the NJ Uniform Construction Codes and consider that for the most part, it might be able to be done and in code.
A few assumptions:
1. Let’s assume this house is for TWO (2) total people to stay there.
2. Let’s also assume that it doesn’t have to be portable but can be on a fixed foundation.
§ 5:28-1.11 Use and occupancy of space
(a) Every dwelling unit shall contain at least 150 square feet of floor space for the first occupant
thereof and at least 100 additional square feet of floor space for every additional occupant thereof, the floor space to be calculated on the base of total habitable room area.
(b) Every room occupied for sleeping purposes by one occupant shall contain at least 70 square
feet of floor space, and every room occupied for sleeping purposes by more than one occupant shall contain at least 50 square feet of floor space for each occupant thereof.
(c) At least one-half of the floor area of every habitable room shall have a ceiling height of at least
seven feet. The floor area of that part of any room where the ceiling is less than five feet shall not be considered as part of the floor area in computing the total floor area in the room for the purpose of determining the maximum permissible occupancy thereof.
So here is the basic square footage that would be required:
Bedroom: For two people a bedroom would require a minimum square feet of 120 square feet.
Common areas: For total habitable rooms 250 square feet at a minimum of floor space would be required.
So for the first round of thoughts on this- basically you would need a bedroom that is about 10 x 12 and an area as a minimum of 25 x 10 for the overall internal tiny house in total. Not so tiny, but not totally incapable of being mapped out if you consider the top bedroom of 120 sq ft part of the (a) requirement of the 250. So I am now pondering all of these little twists and turns on making a tiny little Allison Woolbert house J
Next considerations for my tiny house- a bathroom and kitchen and how to make that totally awesome tiny house computer room!
Allison Woolbert has done many tasks of journey work for most of her life. Her father trained her in carpentry, electrical and plumbing as well as an assortment of other building and maintenance skills and opportunities as she grew up.
Disclaimer: Allison Woolbert is NOT a licensed builder nor is she suggesting she is. This is a pondering of the considerations of how to build a tiny house within the constraints of New Jersey Law and Building Code requirements and making a new fun project to consider.