Tiny House Consulting
Does your backyard qualify for a tiny house on wheels? Are you looking for a yardshare for your tiny house on wheels? Trying to understand the new rules? Tiny House Consulting is here to help. Join our mailing list to stay informed about tiny house news or call 805-215-5474.

Free Community Workshop March 15th 12:00-2:00pm

Adding a Rental to Your Property: Garage Conversions, Tiny Houses on Wheels and More

Just added! Tour a tiny house! Join SmartShare Housing Solutions for a free workshop on two types of accessory dwelling units and what the process of planning, budgeting and building looks like, with detailed info from two SLO homeowners who recently undertook these projects and added an ADU to their property. Executive Director Anne Wyatt gives an overview of the new rules, what's allowed, and how to navigate the options that make sense for you. Plenty of time for networking and Q&A. Adding a second dwelling unit allows homeowners to bring in income and create safe, affordable housing for the community using existing resources such as a backyard, garage, or extra bedroom. 805-215-5474

Free, open to the public.

SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO

Most workshops include the chance to tour a tiny home on wheels by We Are Simple Homes, a local builder. For more info, see their website. You really have to step inside a tiny house on wheels to appreciate their inviting, efficient floorplans and open, bright living space. Come check one out at an upcoming workshop!

Upcoming Workshops, Topics TBA

Fri April 24 6-8pm (Tiny House Tour by We Are Simple Homes)

SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO

Sat April 25 at Earth Day Fair (Tiny House Tour and Presentations)

Laguna Lake Park, SLO

Sat May 23 12-2pm (Tiny House Tour and Presentations)

SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO

Sat June 20 12-2pm (Tiny House Tour and Presentations)

SLO Guild Hall, 2880 Broad St, SLO

YIMBY spoken here--yes in my backyard!

New program helps bring tiny house dreams to life in SLO city backyards

SmartShare Housing Solution's newest program is Tiny House Consulting, created to make connections between people and tiny house living. A new ordinance now allows tiny houses on wheels in SLO City backyards, opening up new housing possibilities. We're here to help folks go from dream to reality, whether they have a lot that might be suitable, or own their own tiny house and are looking for a yard to host it. The photo shows the first yardshare match in SLO! Rita and Taylor agreed to share Taylor's yard and Rita moved her tiny house in on August 13th. Congrats to both! 

Our staff has background in planning, permitting and construction, and experience in drafting sharing agreements. Sign up below to stay in the loop or call 805-215-5474.

Our Goal: To help the community move forward with this new opportunity and get Tiny Homes on wheels, and other accessory dwelling units, in SLO backyards as housing for low income SLO residents


What's the Deal with Tiny Homes on Wheels?

FAQ's--for more info please see link above to city of SLO info page

What's currently allowed?

  • A tiny house on wheels now qualifies as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU, granny unit) in the City of SLO
  • Tiny homes on wheels are allowed most places in SLO City where a standard foundation-built ADU can be placed
  • A primary house must be in place first
  • Size: 150-400 square feet (not including lofts)
  • Utilities are connected to primary house utilities: water, electricity, sewer. Hookups and pad require an easy over-the-counter permit
  • Tiny house must be in back or side yard and stay on its wheels

What's not yet allowed?

  • No tiny homes on wheels outside of the SLO city limits yet--the County of SLO, other cities in the county have not allowed them so far
  • Tiny home as the only home on the lot is not allowed
  • One of the homes must be owner-occupied--tiny house or main house
  • Tiny house must resemble a 'traditional home' and be certified by an industry-recognized standard as safe and energy efficient

Interested in tiny house living? Have a backyard and thinking about a tiny house for it? Join our list and we'll stay in touch with relevant news.