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Tiny houses can be permanent homes under new Fresno ordinance

Tiny houses are getting a big break from the city of Fresno. Now, other communities across the country are interested.

The pint-sized houses on wheels – complete with kitchen, living room and loft – are now considered backyard cottages thanks to changes in the city’s zoning and development code. That means tiny homes can be used as independent living quarters on the same lot as a single-family house granted it meets some requirements. Previously, the mobile units could only serve as temporary lodging.

The big deal is this “allows you to put tiny houses on your property and live in them legally, full time,” said Pat Mosley, owner of California Tiny House, a Fresno builder.

The new ordinance, spearheaded by Fresno City Council Member Esmeralda Soria, went into effect Jan. 3. California Tiny House will drive its latest model to City Hall on Thursday where Soria and the mayor are expected to tour the home. The public is also invited to get a look.

Fresno is believed to be one of the first communities nationwide to adopt a zoning code making tiny houses legal. The city has received calls from people in other communities wanting to find out more about the code, said Mark Standriff, Fresno’s city spokesman.

Mosley and his sons, Pat and Tyler, started building tiny houses in 2014 after deciding to transition out of the family’s decades-old construction business specializing in kitchens. Since then, the company has built five tiny homes for owners in Napa, Shaver Lake, Ventura, and the tiny house community in the Tulare County town of Lemon Cove.

The tiny house that will be at City Hall is going to Santa Cruz. The house is around 270 square feet with a staircase leading to a sleeping loft. There is a full kitchen, a full-sized bathroom with washer and dryer and a living room. The ceiling is almost 12-feet high, Pat Mosley said.

To read more about more about the ordinance visit

Tiny house tour

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno St.

House will be parked on P Street