Can I convert a shipping container into a HUD-code manufactured/mobile home?
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
A home that meets HUD-Code standards and has the red HUD-tag attached to it has one big advantage: it can be installed anywhere in the country where local zoning codes allow manufactured homes. The county or municipal building department has only limited jurisdiction over how the home is installed at the site. It cannot inflict any additional requirements on how the home is built.
But, to get that HUD-tag, a home has to be designed and manufactured from the ground-up to meet an extensive list of HUD-standards, including a permanent steel chassis, ability to transported on their own wheels, and compliance with numerous life-safety and livability standards. There are no provisions in the HUD-Code (Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, 24 CFR, Part 3280) for retrofitting an existing structure like a shipping container to meet the standards.
So the answer is sorry, but no. A shipping container converted to a house would be subject to local building codes. Also, see our blog posts Where can I buy a new mobile home that is only a shell, so I can finish the interior myself? and Can you move an older mobile home in Florida?
And our HUD-CODE FOR MOBILE HOMES page has a listing of other HUD-code articles.
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