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August 2016: You Asked.
How do other communities regulate shipping-container homes?
I am looking for examples of zoning codes regulating homes constructed from shipping containers.
While there has been a tremendous uptick in interest in shipping container homes, relatively few localities have added provisions to their codes to explicitly address these structures. Shipping containers typically require extensive (and expensive) modifications in order to make habitation comfortable, or even possible. Consequently, it is often more accurate to think of the shipping container itself as a building material and not as a type of factory-built housing. In many communities, there is no inherent conflict between building codes and shipping containers as a building material.
Because shipping containers are not inherently suited for human habitation, the most common regulatory barrier for shipping container homes is an explicit prohibition on using shipping containers for housing. But, a few communities that permit shipping containers for accessory storage also include provisions explicitly authorizing shipping containers as a building material. And a few other communities define and regulate shipping container homes as a distinct housing type.
- Breckenridge (Texas), City of. 2016. Code of Ordinances. Chapter 22: Zoning. Section 22-11: Use Definitions. Section 22-6: Regulations Applicable to Specific Districts; Districts Defined. Section 6-502: "R-4" General Dwelling District: Uses Permitted With A Specific Use Permit.
- Fort Worth (Texas), City of. 2016. Code of Ordinances. Appendix A: Zoning Regulations. Chapter 4: District Regulations. Article 6: Residential District Use Table. Section 4.603: Residential District Use Table. Chapter 5: Supplemental Use Standards. Article 1: Standards for Selected Uses. Section 5.116.B: Industrialized Housing. Chapter 9: Definitions. Section 9.101: Defined Terms.
- Long Beach (California), City of, Department of Development Services. 2012. "Cargo Containers Adapted as a Building Material." Information Bulletin BU-031.
- Mono (California), County of. n.d. Mono County Design Guidelines. Chapter 3: Architecture. Part 10: Metal Buildings, Manufactured Housing, and Cargo Containers.
- Nassau (Florida), County of. 2016. Code of Ordinances. Appendix A: Land Development Code. Article 28: Supplementary Regulations. Section 28.15: Accessory Uses and Structures. part J: Shipping Containers. Article 32: Definitions – Shipping Container.
- Rancho Palos Verdes (California), City of. 2016. Code of Ordinances. Title 17: Zoning. Article VII: Development Application and Review. Chapter 17.76: Miscellaneous Permits and Standards. Section 17.76.180: Cargo Containers. Part D: Residential Zones.
- Sacramento (California), County of, Municipal Service Agency. 2011. “Railroad Cars and Storage Containers Used as Buildings.”
- Silverton (Oregon), City of. 2016. Municipal Code. Title 18: Development Code and Zoning Map. Chapter 1.5: Definitions. Section 1.5.300: Definitions. Chapter 2.2: Residential Districts. Section 2.2.110: Residential districts—Allowed land uses. Chapter 2.3: Commercial Districts. Section 2.3.110: Commercial districts—Allowed land uses.
- Weld (Colorado), County of. 2016. Code of Ordinances. Chapter 23: Zoning. Article I: General Provisions. Section 23-1-90: Definitions. Article III: Zone Districts. Division 1: A (Agricultural) Zone District. Section 23-3-20: Uses allowed by right. Section 23-3-30: Accessory uses. Division 2: Residential Zone Districts. Section 23-3-110: R-1 (Low Density Residential) Zone District.