Trio of Zeiger-sponsored tiny house bills to be heard this week

Three tiny house bills sponsored by Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, will be heard in Senate committees this week.

Senate Bill 5384 would allow Growth Management Act counties to authorize establishing tiny house communities when there is a shortage of affordable housing within a reasonable distance from urban services. This bill will be heard in the Senate Local Government Committee on Tuesday at 8 a.m.

During its meeting Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., the Senate Housing Stability and Affordability Committee will hold hearings on Zeiger’s other two tiny house proposals: Senate Bill 5382 would allow tiny houses and tiny houses with wheels to be a permanent residence without being attached to a primary dwelling unit. Senate Bill 5383 would address the shortage of affordable housing by allowing individual cities and counties to permit tiny houses with wheels to come together as tiny houses villages.

“These bills will provide options for people who may not be able to afford a traditional home,” said Zeiger. “Young people looking to buy their first home may have an easier time affording a tiny house. It may also be a great option for some seniors looking to downsize. Another great benefit of these bills is that they will create more jobs for people building tiny homes. We need more housing supply for all different income levels. Creating a way for people to site tiny houses in villages and establishing easier permitting processes will benefit our state’s economy.”