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Can you move a Wind Zone 2 mobile home to Zone 3 in Florida?

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Wind Zone 2 Cannot Move To Wind Zone 3

New or used homes manufactured for Wind Zone 2 may not be initially sited in Wind Zone 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.

Hardship Exemption

    But there is a “hardship” exception for moving an older Zone 2 home. The exception is allowed only when a home is already sited in Wind Zone 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.

There Is No Zone 1 In Florida

    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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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES:

Where can I file a complaint if I have problems with my new or used manufactured/mobile home in Florida?

 What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers?

How do I determine the age of a very old mobile home?

What is a "HUD label verification letter" for a mobile/manufactured home?  

When did a ground cover vapor barrier (plastic sheet) become required under a mobile/manufactured home? 

Is it safe to go under a mobile home? 

Are older mobile homes unsafe? 

What do I need to know about buying a foreclosed mobile home? 

Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it? 

Where do I find the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a mobile home? 

Can you move an older mobile home in Florida? 

What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home? 

Can you put a zone 1 mobile home in Florida?

How can I remove water under my mobile home?

What's the differences between a trailer, a mobile home, a manufactured home, and a modular home? 

What is a D-sticker mobile home? 

What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?

How fireproof is a mobile home?  

Can I install a mobile home myself?

What is a Park Model mobile home?  

Does an addition to a mobile home have to comply with the HUD Code? 

What walls can I remove in a mobile home?

What can I do to prevent dampness and mold in my mobile home? 

How can I tell if a mobile home is well constructed?

How can I tell the difference between a manufactured home and a modular home?

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