Frequently Asked Questions - Manufactured Housing
- What is the difference between a mobile home, a manufactured home, and a modular building?
- A mobile home is a structure that was built prior to June 15,
1976, which is the effective date of the Federal Manufactured
Housing and Safety Standards Act (HUD Code). For information
regarding Mobile Home Rehabilitation, please see the MOBILE
HOME REHAB FAQ's. A manufactured home is a structure constructed
after June 15, 1976, built according to the Federal Manufactured
Housing and Safety Standards Act (HUD Code), and is for residential
use only. For an expanded definition of a manufactured home (i.e.
length, size, chassis or foundation and utility requirements),
see I.C. §39-4105. A modular building
is any building, other than a manufactured or mobile home, that
is of closed construction and is either entirely or substantially
prefabricated or assembled at a place other than the building
site. Modular buildings are built for residential or commercial
use and the construction is regulated by the codes adopted by
- Who has building code jurisdiction on my project?
- Manufactured Homes: Manufactured Homes (HUD) are regulated under the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974, which is preemptive over construction standards established by states and local governments.
- The Division of Building Safety no longer maintains records on
data plates or compliance certificates. To obtain this information,
please contact the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)
at (703) 481-2010, visit www.ibts.org or email email@example.com.