Make it Legit !

Download the template to apply for a
Temporary Use Permit to legally park
your Tiny house in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal...anywhere


Rent out the space in your Driveway/Backyard

Click here if you want to offer
a parking spot to allow a Tiny House
to be parked legally


YIMBY Festival
"Yes! in My Backyard"

Vancouver Magazine features
the 2017 Tiny House Festival
Special guest: Tiny House Expedition

get involved !

Tiny House Villages

Pilot Village

Want to start
a Tiny House Village?
Pilot with us

Are you interested in starting a Tiny House Village? Pilot with us! We will prepare the proposal on your behalf for free, just email us here. We will feature your property on our website and Tiny House Magazine.

How to find reclaimed materials for your Tiny House

Our movement
pilots Tiny House Village
in Maple Ridge

We submitted a proposal to start a Tiny House Village in a 16-acre farm in Maple Ridge. On Dec 11 we hosted a Jamboree with 10 workshops for the Maple Ridge Tiny House Village. Here the letter to the Mayor.

Watch the video:
Dave Ryley's Tiny House
& Jamboree

Thanks to Aaron Tha Butcher for filming, and David O'Brien of for editing this
short video about the Dec 11 Jamboree for the
Tiny House Village in Maple Ridge

Pilot Village

2017 Tiny House Festival
July 8 in Vancouver

The 2017 Tiny House Festival on July 8 in Vancouver with Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons from the Tiny House Expedition was featured by the Vancouver Magazine. The Tiny House Expedition has been putting together an educational documentary series about "LIVING TINY LEGALLY".
Check out the photos of the YIMBY Festival.

Tiny House Village

Tiny Home Subdivision
in Big Valley, Alberta

Big Valley is building a subdivision containing 22 undersized lots for tiny homes. Lots range in price from $43,000 to $46,000, view attachement with the lots and the pricing. The homes will have to be on a permanent foundation, be connected to municipal water and sewer and have hook-ups for gas and power. Interested? connect with Michelle.

Tiny House Village

Tiny House Village starts
in Turtle Island

This property is located in Qualicum Bay on Vancouver Island. The owner Michael is creating a space for Tiny Homes and has reached out to our movement to organize a Jamoboree in the spring for his Tiny House Village. Looking for a parking spot? email Michael.

Latest News

Tiny House Festival

Vancouver Magazine features our Festival !

Vancouver Magazine features the 2017 Tiny House Festival @ UBC. Special guest of the festival is the Tiny House Expedition. Read the article about the YIMBY Festival.

Tiny House Magazine

Tiny House Magazine

The Tiny House Magazine is now available: check it out!

Main Feature: Dec 11 Jamboree for the Tiny House Village in Maple Ridge and pictures of the workshops.

CTV News

CTV News writes an article about us !

Lisa Chessari spent months putting together tools, resources and a proposal to create a tiny house village to help people pilot in any municipality in Canada. Read the article about us.

CBC Radio Interview on Tiny Houses

CBC Radio Interview with the Founder

Tiny home advocate Lisa Chessari is lobbying for specific zoning in B.C. municipalities so she can make her dream of building a tiny home a reality: Read her interview with CBC Radio!

CSA Standards for Tiny Houses

regulatory framework for Tiny house in Canada
Tiny House Building Standards
CSA standards for tiny houses

Steps to Make it Legit !



Download the Template and apply in your municipality for a Temporary Use Permit to legally park your tiny house. Provide as much information as possible.



Share the Template with others interested in parking their tiny houses. Meetup to discuss your application progress and let the MEDIA know about it.


Ask for help

Depending on which municipality you are submitting your application to, we can help you out with barriers encountered with your application.



Gather. Start with a tiny home open house. Engage others in a parade or public event. Keep us posted and we'll support YOU: Let's Make it Legit together !

About This Movement

This movement is called: “Park your Tiny House: Make it Legit!”
It started in Vancouver on October 7, 2016 with a meetup group created by Lisa Chessari, who is planning to build her Tiny House and park it legally in Metro Vancouver.
The meetup group went viral and has been gathering others willing to Make it Legit.

Today the movement supports Tiny House owners who want to apply for a permit to legally park their tiny houses. It also connects Home owners willing to offer a parking spots in their backyard/driveway to Tiny House owners. It incorporated as not-for-profit in Jan 2017.

The movement hosted its first Tiny House Festival in Vancouver on July 8 at UBC and featured the Tiny House Expedition. Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons from Tiny House Expedition put together an educational documentary series about "LIVING TINY LEGALLY"!

Nov 23: Meet the movement

Meet the movement on Nov 23 and learn how to start a Tiny House Village on co-shared land in your town. Check out the agenda for the upcoming meeting or suggest a topic to discuss at the meeting!
Signup below: it's free!

Join our monthly meeting

Our mission is to make Tiny Houses Legal: read our not-for-profit foundation statement !
We match tiny house owners with land owners and support them in the Permit Application Process. We also organize jamborees to raise awareness and tracks complaints related to tiny house builders’ misconduct. Get Involved here.

CSA Standards for Tiny Houses - our foundation created a framework for municipalities to modify their regulations to permit tiny houses permanent legal dwellings. Keep in mind that municipalities are more receptive to permit Tiny Homes if certified as Manufactured homes than Recreational Vehicles, read the document here.

Connect with the Crew

  • Founder

    Email Lisa Chessari here

  • Co-organizer

    Email Dave Ryleyhere

  • Co-organizer

    Email D. Conway here

  • Co-organizer

    Email Cleo Dominique here