Mobile Home On Own Land: Can You Put It On Your Property?

Jan 10, 2023Blog, Buying a mobile home, FAQ, Moving A Mobile Home, Safety

“If I wanted to put a mobile home on my property, what would I need to do?” If this is something you have said recently, you’re probably looking into the rules that govern putting mobile homes and manufactured homes on your land.

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What are the legal requirements? What about other regulations? These are things you’ll need to know before installing a mobile home on your land.




I want to put a mobile home on my property. What are the legal requirements?

You can put a mobile home on your own land in most cases. However, you will need to ensure that the land is zoned for mobile homes and that the proper permits and inspections are completed before you can set up the mobile home.

To put a mobile home, modular home or a manufactured home on a piece of land that you own, you’ll need to look into state regulations, zoning regulations, and restrictions caused by private covenants.

State regulations

Typically, state regulations will focus on legal requirements of a mobile home installation. First of all, you’re most likely going to need a permit in order to put a mobile home on your land. Additionally, your home must be attached to a foundation.  You’ll have the foundation built first, and then you’ll have the mobile home delivered to your site, where it will be attached to the foundation. In other words, it has to be what is technically referred to as a manufactured home.

State and federal laws also dictate that your home must be built in accordance with the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards. Among other things, that means your home will have to meet certain size requirements. Additionally, you may have to use the same building materials as stick-built homes in specific areas.

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A warning: check your state law and city or county building codes well before you start the process of putting a mobile home on your land. Different regulations may apply to each state and city. Because of this, it’s a good idea to visit with a city or county building code enforcement officer before you get too far into your project.

Zoning regulations

Zoning regulations deal with topics like the size and appearance of a mobile home. You’ll probably want to get information on what the zoning regulations are in your area before you even buy your home. If the plot of land you own only allows for your home to be a certain size, it would be a big setback for you. Especially if you’d already purchased one that was too big.

It’s a good idea to talk to a zoning administrator about zoning requirements early on in the process of putting a home on your land.

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Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive covenants are statements in the property deed that contain conditions on how you can use your land. When you’ve found your deed, look for any restrictions. Some restrictive covenants may not even allow you to put a mobile home on your plot of land.

If you haven’t bought your land yet, but you’re planning to put a mobile home on it, you’ll want to look the property deed over very carefully for any regulations.

Other things to consider for putting a mobile or a manufactured home on your own land

At this point, you might be saying, “I’ve checked state regulations and zoning regulations, and I’ve looked at my property deed to see if there are any restrictive covenants. But what else do I need to do if I want to put a mobile home on my property?”

Mobile home hookups

First, make sure that you have sufficient access to electricity and telephone hookups on your property. Depending on how far your land is from developed areas, it may cost more for you to have access to these things. Internet access and cell phone signal may also be a concern for you, so you’ll want to check into those as well.  

There are two ways that you can deal with sewage. One option is to have a septic tank put in on your property. However, before you do so, you’ll have to get your soil tested. You’ll need to make sure that it passes all the necessary regulations. If your soil doesn’t pass these tests, you won’t be able to legally put a home on your piece of land.  

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If a septic tank doesn’t work out, your other option is to hook up to a city sewage line.    

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Of course, you’ll also need to obtain a water supply for your mobile home. Again, there are two ways to make this happen. Your property may already be well supplied with water if it’s connected to city water lines. However, if you aren’t hooked up to city lines, you’ll need to have a well made. Before drilling a well, though, tests should be done to ensure that your land has a water table that’s capable of supplying you with water.

This article can give you more insight on the mobile home hookups you’ll need.

Can I put a mobile home in my backyard?

It is generally possible to place a mobile home in your backyard, but there are several factors to consider before doing so. Some things to consider include:

Zoning regulations: Check with your local zoning department to determine if it is allowed to place a mobile home on your property. Some areas have specific regulations about where mobile homes can be placed, so it is important to check before making any plans.

Building permits: Depending on your location, you may need to obtain a building permit before placing a mobile home in your backyard.

Utility connections: Make sure that the mobile home will have access to electricity, water, and sewage services. You may need to have these utilities extended to the mobile home or make arrangements with the utility companies to have them connected.

Property size and layout: Consider the size and layout of your property to ensure that the mobile home will fit and be placed in a safe and suitable location.

Other considerations: Think about things like access to the mobile home, parking, and privacy. You may also want to consider the appearance of the mobile home and how it will fit in with the overall look of your property.

It is a good idea to consult with a lawyer and/or a local planning department before making any final decisions about placing a mobile home in your backyard as it is not legal everywhere.

How many mobile homes can I put on my land?

To determine the number of mobile homes that can be placed on your land, it is necessary to consult with the appropriate regulatory agency in your state or community. In some areas, this may be the Department of Economic and Community Development Local Planning Assistance Office, or a similar department that is responsible for establishing laws and regulations related to residential and commercial complexes.

This office can provide information about the specific laws and regulations that apply to mobile homes on your property, including any restrictions on the number of homes that can be placed on a single acre of land. By contacting this department and following the appropriate guidelines, you can ensure that you are in compliance with local regulations when placing mobile homes on your land.

Follow these steps to begin your adventure!

With these tips in mind, you should have a better idea of what you’ll need to do to put a mobile home on your property.  Now, instead of saying, “I want to put a mobile home on my property, where do I start?” you can say, “What’s the next step to putting a mobile home on land?” And for that, we encourage you to take a look at the different types of mobile home foundations. You’re well on your way to putting that mobile home on your land!

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