States that allow shipping container homes

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States that Allow Shipping Container Homes

For many of us, the American Dream means having somewhere to call our own. A king or Queen and their castle. But in more populous areas of the country, space for housing is at a premium. Some cities have capped the amount of new single-family residences that can be built to spur multi-family construction.

The state of Oregon is even considering allowing four homes on lots currently zoned for single-family homes in cities with a population of 10,000 or more. In Minneapolis, zoning for single-family homes is on the way out. Other municipalities throughout the country are considering similar regulations or bans to combat the housing crunch as well as sprawl.

So what states allow shipping container homes? The answer is most, if not all, are considering it if not already allowing it. From Montana to Missouri to Mississippi to Massachusetts (as well as Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, and Maryland). But the more important question is if your county or city allows shipping containers homes.

Interested in a custom-made shipping container for a tiny home? Contact your city or county planner to see if it’s possible. You will still need to follow all zoning and building codes and additional regulations, including:

  • Foundations
  • Utilities (electricity/plumbing)
  • Setbacks
  • Ceiling heights
  • Primary/accessory zoning
  • And more.

Tiny Home Revolution

Over the past decade, tiny home popularity has exploded. Builders have been designing and constructing 300-square-foot homes as accessory dwelling units or even stand-alone homes on a piece of property.

That’s where shipping containers come in. A 40-foot shipping container comes in at just around 300-square feet. All shipping containers are 8-feet-wide on the outside, so interior sizes can slightly vary depending on wall thickness, insulation, and other factors. High-cube containers are 9 ½ feet tall, 12 inches taller than standard containers. Every inch counts after all.

Container Stop has been selling, designing, and custom building shipping containers for storage, offices, and even rooftop bars. We can install doors, windows, and utilities to your exact specifications and deliver the final product. If you have done your research and are ready to move into a shipping container home, give us a call. As we like to say, “It’s our box, but it’s your dream.”

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