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  • Supervisors approve zoning code changes for pre-1976 mobile homes

    Jun 19, 2018 | Read More News
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    Pima County Supervisors approved an amendment to County Zoning Code regulating the importation and relocation of mobile homes constructed prior to 1976 as a way to protect the public’s health and safety. 
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    The updated regulation requires the owners of pre-1976 mobile homes to provide proof of Arizona State Department of Housing Manufactured Housing Division certification of rehabilitation before importing, installing or relocating units in Pima County. Owners of pre-1976 mobile homes must provide Pima County Building and Site Development proof of certification of rehabilitation to state standards prior to importing, relocating or connecting utilities to units within the County. 

    State requirements for rehabilitation address minimum safety standards for mobile homes built prior to June 15, 1976, when HUD Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards were enacted. Rehabilitation includes:

    • Ensuring window egress from every sleeping room
    • Installation of a smoke detector
    • Sealing compartments for gas-fired appliances (furnace, water heater) with gypsum board
    • Testing gas piping systems
    • Inspecting proper connections for aluminum wiring

    Permits for additions or other improvements for units not being relocated will not require proof of certification.

    Mobile home units remain an important form of low-income housing in the region. The Pima County Assessor’s Office has about 17,400 pre-1976 mobile homes registered for taxation purposes. Many of these units, however, have not been rehabilitated or have fallen into disrepair. 

    Pima County has a commitment to the safety and health of residents, although State statutes limit the extent of regulation localities can impose on mobile home units. 

    The amendment is supported by the Pima County Comprehensive Plan, Use of Land Chapter, 3.5-Housing and Community Design Element, which includes goals for maintaining safe and healthy housing stock, and ensuring safe, decent and affordable housing for a wide range of economic levels, household sizes and age groups.

    Other Arizona counties previously instituted rules regulating pre-1976 mobile homes. Cochise, Graham, Navajo, and Yuma counties currently require certification of rehabilitation for mobile homes, and Apache, La Paz, Mohave, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma counties have instituted various types of bans on pre-1976 units.