Can you move a Wind Zone 1 mobile home to Zone 2 or Zone 3 in Florida?
Sunday, June 17, 2018
No Wind Zone 1 In Florida
New or used homes manufactured for Wind Zone 1 may not be initially sited in Wind Zones 2 or 3. You can find the Wind Zone that the home is rated for on the data plate. Incidentally, the zones are often referred to with Roman Numerals as I, II, and III.
But there is a “hardship” exception for moving an older Zone 1 home, or a pre-1976 home built to ANSI Standard A-119.1 before HUD standards went into effect. The exception is allowed only when a home is already sited in Wind Zone 2 or 3, and is being involuntarily relocated as a result of the park or site being declared unsuitable by a governmental agency or due to a foreclosure action on the park, per Section 723, Florida Statutes.
The home can only be relocated in the same wind zone where it was previously sited, and the exception is based on Technical Advisory MH13-001, dated 7/12/2013, issued by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Here is a Wind Zone map of Florida counties below.
Homes installed in Zones 2 and 3 within 1,500 feet of the coastline are still required to be designed for the enhanced wind-resistance standards of Exposure D in ASCE 7-88. Although no part of Florida was ever in Zone 1, all of Florida was Wind Zone 2 until July, 1994, when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) amended the wind zone map to create Zone 3. It covers the southern counties of Florida, plus two counties on the Gulf in the Panhandle. The change was in response to devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew in 1991.
Age Of Home Another Obstacle To Moving
There is an another obstacle to moving a mobile home to a new location in Florida besides the wind zone rating: the county where it will be relocated will likely require a professional inspection of an older home to make sure it is livable and in good enough condition to withstand the move. To read more more about it, see our blog posts What is the age limit for moving a mobile home? and Can you move an older mobile home in Florida?
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