California DMV Registration Requirements for Home Made, Specially Constructed, or Kit Vehicles

“A “home-made, specially constructed, or kit vehicle” is a vehicle that is built for private use, not for resale, and is not constructed by a licensed manufacturer or remanufacturer. These vehicles may be built from a kit, new or used parts, a combination of new and used parts, or a vehicle reported for dismantling (junked) that, when reconstructed, does not resemble the original make of the vehicle that was dismantled.”

The Registration Requirements are:

  • A completed Application for Title or Registration (REG 343).
  • A vehicle verification done by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). You must start your application process with the DMV prior to contacting the CHP for a vehicle verification. DMV verifies trailers with an unladen weight of 6,000 pounds or less.
  • A completed Statement of Construction (REG 5036).
  • Proof of ownership, such as invoices, receipts, manufacturers’ certificates of origin, bills of sale, or junk receipts for the major component parts (engine, frame, transmission, and body).
    NOTE: A motor vehicle bond is required when proof of ownership cannot be obtained for parts valued a $5,000 or more.
  • Official brake and light adjustment certificates. When an official brake and light station that inspects specific vehicles such as motorcycles and large commercial vehicles is not located within a reasonable distance, DMV will accept a Statement of Facts (REG 256) from a repair shop attesting that the brakes and lights are in proper working order. Brake and light certificates are not required for off-highway vehicles or trailers weighing less than 3,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
  • A weight certificate for commercial vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less.
  • An emission control inspection (smog check) by a Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) Referee Station. Click here for information on SPCNS Certificates of Sequence . To make an appointment at a BAR Referee Station, call 1-800-622-7733.
  • All fees due.
  • Visit your local DMV to begin the application process, make an Appointment(s) for faster service.

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/vr/spcnsreg

Ordinance in Fresno, CA Makes Tiny Houses on Wheels Permanent Housing

A new ordinance that went into effect on January 3rd, in Fresno, California, allows tiny houses to be placed on residential property legally.

According to the Fresno Bee, tiny houses on wheels are now… “considered backyard cottages thanks to changes in the city’s zoning and development code. That means tiny homes can be used as independent living quarters on the same lot as a single-family house granted it meets some requirements. Previously, the mobile units could only serve as temporary lodging.”

Pat Mosley, owner of California Tiny House, a Fresno builder, worked with Fresno City Council Member Esmeralda Soria on changing the code.

Ambitious BIMBYs (Builder In My Back Yard) in San Diego, California

On January 5, 2016, Logan Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote about affordable housing and compared what is happening in the city of San Diego, to Portland, Santa Cruz, and Encinitas.

True or falseIf 10 percent of the homeowners in San Diego County added 450 square feet of separate living space to their properties, the affordable housing crisis would be largely over.

AnswerTrue, I think.

In Portland, Oregon anyone building a backyard house or granny flat faces no developer fees and the city has relaxed their strict covered parking rules, for such units.

Santa Cruz, California is offering homeowners who are willing to offer below-market rent on a new accessory dwelling unit, access to pre-approved architectural models, loans, and fee waivers.

And Encinitas, California is offering current owners of granny flats, an amnesty deal, if the cottages are up to code and available for 20 years at affordable rates.

The most powerful thing local government can do to make San Diego affordable for all generations is to figure out ways to get out of the way of ambitious BIMBYs (Builder In My Back Yard).

To read the article, go to: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jan/05/solution-sd-housing-shortage-bimbys/

Tiny House on Wheels Community in Lemon Cove, CA

Lemon Cove Village is an RV park dedicated to tiny houses on wheels, and is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, just 19 miles east of Visalia. The community of Lemon Cove has a tiny population–only 350 people–and the property itself is studded with oak trees and the air is fresh.

There are 55 sites on eleven acres; 30 sites with full hookups (sewer, water, electric) and the rest with partial hookups. There’s a community garden, and the park is dog-friendly.

The park is open to not just tiny house owners, but also anyone building a tiny house! There is even an apartment on the property available to rent, while you build your tiny house.

Space rent is $450 – $595 for a regular space, or $125 – $150 for a build site.

See http://www.lemoncovevillage.com/sites.html for more info!

Legalizing ‘granny flats’ in Encinitas, California

On September 24, 2014, Jared Whitlock of the Encintas Advocate wrote about how the city of Encinitas in San Diego County, is looking to legalize any granny flats that were built or converted before the city’s incorporation in 1986.

Granny flats — so named by Australian builders constructing smaller backyard dwellings for homeowners’ elderly relatives — are considered a source of affordable housing. So, if a large number were to be legalized, the city would have to plan for fewer units.

The units have to meet building and fire codes, and include a kitchen sink and bathroom, to be eligible for the amnesty program. And the owner must agree for the unit to be “set aside in perpetuity for low-income residents.”

“It is recognized that many illegal units which were constructed prior to the incorporation of the city provide affordable housing that may not otherwise be available,” the city’s policy states.

For more information, go to: http://www.encinitasadvocate.com/news/2014/sep/24/Encinitas-program-granny-flats/