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What are the installation requirements for manufactured/mobile homes in Florida?

Monday, April 18, 2022

HUD has code requirements for installation of manufactured homes, and the State of Florida has their own additional “Florida override” requirements that exceed the HUD standards. But they are all enforced by the county or city building department where the home will be installed. Also, the local jurisdiction may add a few of their own requirements, such as  having the 911-address number for the property clearly visible from the street. Here’s a building inspector’s checklist from Alachua County, Florida, as a typical example of what to expect. To download a copy of the checklist, click on either page.

     And listed below are links to answers for specific questions about mobile home installation:

• What is a "Florida override" of HUD mobile/manufactured home installation standards? 

• Do manufactured/mobile homes have more foundation problems than site-built homes?

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

Why does Florida have mobile/manufactured home installation standards that exceed HUD requirements? 

• What are the HUD requirements for site drainage when installing a mobile/manufactured home?

What is the maximum spacing for mobile/manufactured home tie-downs in Florida?  

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

Is a ground cover vapor barrier (plastic sheet) required under a new mobile/manufactured home? 

Do piers and tie-down anchors have to be approved by the State of Florida for manufactured/mobile home installation in Florida? 

Can you move an older mobile home in Florida? 

Can you move a Wind Zone 1 mobile home to Wind Zone 2 or 3 in Florida?

What are the limitations on homesites where a mobile/manufactured home can be located? 

Can I install a mobile home myself? 

Does mobile home skirting have to be ventilated?


• What is the definition of a "permanent foundation" for a mobile/manufactured home? 

How many foundation vents are required in the skirting of a mobile/manufactured home? 

What is the minimum number of tie-down straps for a park model trailer in Florida? 

Is there a time limit for installation of tie-downs for a park model trailer/RV in Florida?

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