Regulation Nation Throws Monkey Wrench at Tiny Homes in Cape Cod

Regulations are perhaps the greatest impediment to the ongoing experiment that is Tiny Home living,  Cape Cod in Massachusetts is one of many places that is fighting back against the Tiny Home experiment with the full force and fury of regulation nation behind it.

Tiny homes see roadblock in Cape Cod

“The (state) building code is where the real bump in the road is,” said Victor Staley, Brewster’s building inspector.

But Dana Hope, of Provincetown, bought one anyway. She hopes her commitment to her tiny property becomes the impetus for Provincetown to figure out how to permit these places that would affordably allow Cape Codders to own a home.

Tiny houses are a win-win,” Hope said. “I want to be able to afford my life. To go out to dinner and to have just one job.”

But last week, the Provincetown Board of Selectmen ruled that tiny homes on wheels are unrealistic.

Tiny homes, which are on wheels and not connected to sewers, electricity or water, are “not going to happen,” Selectman Louise Venden said.

“I’m a realist,” Venden said. “If Nantucket passed a law and they can’t do it, then how can we?”

The answer angered Hope, who is approaching 60 years old and has lived in Provincetown for 11 years. She has trouble counting the number of ways she earns income now. She works full-time for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and is the part-time custodian for the Provincetown United Methodist Church. She clean houses, dog walks and dog sits, she said. She’ll need another part-time job in the summer.

She also volunteers at a local food pantry and thrift shop.

“I’m blessed to have all these year-round jobs,” Hope adds. “When people say there are no year-round jobs, I say, ‘Crap, I took them all.'”


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