Houston Mobile Home Rules

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Hi folks, 

I have a lot I am selling in Sunnyside (south part of Houston). I have a buyer wanting to move a mobile home on the lot. I have heard that mobile homes are not allowed within the Houston city limits. Can someone please confirm or deny this and possibly direct me to where the official information can be found on these rules?

Many thanks!


You need to contact the planning and zoning department for the city and talk to a supervisor. I say talk with a supervisor because sometimes the lower level city employees have been known to provide the wrong information. Make sure to get their name also. You may need to determine if it will be in an area under the control of an HOA and if so, you will need to verify what the home owners association will allow to be built or placed on the lot. There are also impact fees that usually have to be paid to install water meters and electric lines and the city can tell you the costs and what permits would be required.

Hey Cal,

You can call 311 or call the 

Houston Permitting Center and ask them. Not allowed to post their number.

I asked about putting a mobile home

in 5th ward and it was not possible.

Also, I've enjoyed your You Tube channel. Keep up the good work

@Eddie Trefger and @Santos Collantes  

Thank you so much guys for helping me out here. 

Eddie thanks for the extra info on the fees for water meters and electric lines. Very good advice there as well.

Santos thanks for the feedback on my You Tube channel. It's great to know that people are getting something positive out of it. 

Here's the city ordinance for locating mobile homes in Houston.
  • Sec. 29-15. - Authorized locations.


    Subject to lawful compliance with this Code, a manufactured home may be placed, or permitted to remain within the city, if and only if, it is situated:


    In a manufactured home park which the operator is licensed to operate pursuant to article III of this chapter;


    In a duly platted and recorded manufactured home subdivision that meets all requirements of article IV of this chapter;


    In a manufactured home sales lot;


    Upon a site that the manufactured home has continuously occupied since March 1, 1972, provided that the occupation was lawful on that date, and further provided that the continued occupation thereof does not pose a significant danger to the health or safety of persons within the manufactured home or to others;


    Upon a site that the manufactured home occupied prior to annexation of the site by the city, provided that the manufactured home has continuously occupied the site since the date the site was annexed, and further provided that the continued occupation thereof does not pose a significant danger to the health or safety of persons within the manufactured home or to others;


    Upon a site for which a hardship permit is in effect pursuant to division 2 of this article; or


    Upon a temporary site authorized by the director for disaster assistance organizations used as authorized insection 29-18 of this Code.

    Provided that no manufactured home may be situated or permitted to remain in any place in violation of any valid and applicable deed restriction or covenant running with the land, or on any site within Districts of Limitations One and Two as those districts are defined in the Fire Code.


    It shall be unlawful for any person to park or place, a manufactured home at any location not authorized by this chapter, or to permit or suffer any manufactured home to remain within the city in any location not authorized pursuant to this chapter.


    A recreational vehicle may not be placed on any property except as specifically permitted in this chapter.

    (Ord. No. 85-498, § 1, 4-10-85; Ord. No. 01-990, § 2, 10-31-01; Ord. No. 02-399, § 63, 5-15-02)

  • Sec. 29-16. - Placement standards.

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